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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sean Kelly

TIFF17: Midnight Madness Thoughts

There was a question going into the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival on how the popular Midnight Madness programme would fare after longtime programmer Colin Geddes stepped down to move on to other endeavors. However, Midnight Madness seems to be under very capable hands with new programmer Peter Kuplowsky and there are some very interesting selections in this year's line-up.

Standing out in this year's line-up is The Disaster Artist, James Franco's biopic about the making of the cult movie The Room. The screening is considered a World Premiere, even though a work in progress cut of The Disaster Artist previously screened at SXSW. The Midnight Madness opening film this year is the World Premiere of Joseph Kahn's dark comedy Bodied, about the brutal sport of battle rapping. For the second year in a row, Midnight Madness will close with a Japanese film, with this year's closing film being the World Premiere of Soîchi Umezawa's Vampire Clay. Some other notable selections in this year's Midnight Madness line-up include the prison thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99, the Nicholas Cage starring horror-comedy Mom and Dad, and the very interestingly titled Let the Corpses Tan.

Here is the full Midnight Madness line-up:
Midnight Madness Opening Film.
Bodied Joseph Kahn, USA
World Premiere

Brawl in Cell Block 99 S. Craig Zahler, USA
North American Premiere

The Crescent Seth A. Smith, Canada
World Premiere

The Disaster Artist James Franco, USA
World Premiere

Downrange Ryuhei Kitamura, USA
World Premiere

Great Choice Robin Comisar, USA
Canadian Premiere

Let the Corpses Tan Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France
North American Premiere

Mom and Dad Brian Taylor, USA
World Premiere

Revenge Coralie Fargeat, France
World Premiere

The Ritual David Bruckner, UK
World Premiere

Midnight Madness Closing Film.
Vampire Clay Sôichi Umezawa, Japan
World Premiere

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).