Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, Canada / September 2019 /

Programmer Peter Kuplowsky doubled down on big-ticket attractions for Midnight Madness 2018, securing world premieres of the new Halloween and The Predator. Nonetheless, the lifeblood of this section, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, continues to be smaller films deserving of wider exposure, like The Wind by Emma Tammi and Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, respectively making their world and North American premieres. Even the littlest films feel big when shown at TIFF: “Attending a Midnight Madness screening is like experiencing a film festival and a rock concert at the same time,” says a panelist. “The Ryerson Theatre seats over 1,200 guests, so imagine the intensity of loud music playing, beach balls flying, and roaring fans cheering even before a film begins.”

L to R: Assassination Nation director Sam Levinson and stars Abra, Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, and Colman Domingo at TIFF Midnight Madness 2018. Photograph by Ian Goring, courtesy of Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival

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