The Toronto International Film Festival announced the 10 eclectic films that will make up this year’s Midnight Madness lineup. Midnight Madness welcomes new genre filmmakers with remarkable debuts, including Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s dystopian sci-fi film The Platform; Rose Glass’s unnerving psychological thriller Saint Maud, starring Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty); Andrew Patterson’s paranormal period piece The Vast of Night, which won the audience award for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance and features breakout performances by Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick; and Keith Thomas’s supernatural horror film The Vigil.
Other highlights from this year’s selection include Richard Stanley’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, which stars Nicolas Cage and signals the director’s return to the Midnight Madness lineup after 29 years; Joko Anwar’s Gundala, based on the Indonesian superhero comic books by Harya “Hasmi” Suraminata; and Takashi Miike’s Japanese action-comedy First Love. The programme will close with the World Premiere of the international version of Isaac Nabwana’s gonzo action flick Crazy World, a celebration of the Ugandan film movement Wakaliwood.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2019.
2019 TIFF Midnight Madness program
*Midnight Madness Opening Film*
Jeff Barnaby | Canada
Color Out of Space
Richard Stanley | USA W
*Midnight Madness Closing Film*
Isaac Nabwana | Uganda
First Love (Hatsukoi)
Takashi Miike | Japan/United Kingdom
North American Premiere
Joko Anwar | Indonesia
The Platform (El Hoyo)
Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Spain
ose Glass | United Kingdom
The Twentieth Century
Matthew Rankin | Canada
The Vast of Night
Andrew Patterson | USA
Keith Thomas | USA
Previously announced Midnight Madness films include Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum, Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century