The Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness lineup includes Weird Al Biopic, Pearl, V/H/S/99

This year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from September 8th to 18th and The Hollywood Reporter has just announced the titles of the films being screened as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness sidebar – including Ti West’s X precursor pearla new entry in the V/H/S franchise and the Weird Al biopic Strange: The Al Yankovic Storystarring Daniel Radcliffe!

Strange: The Al Yankovic Story, which was produced for The Roku Channel, is set to have its world premiere at TIFF at the Royal Alexandra Theater on September 8th. Midnight Madness curator Peter Kuplowsky commented, “I couldn’t have asked for a more fitting premiere film Strange: The Al Yankovic Story – a wonderfully deranged biopic, born in the great Midnight film tradition of defying convention and forging your own path, no matter how odd.”

Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about the Midnight Madness lineup:

The blood-filled Midnight Madness program has world bows for Tim Story’s horror comedy The Blackening, starring Dewayne Perkins and Grace Byers; John Hyams’ Sick, a pandemic-era drama co-written by Kevin Williamson about best friends quarantined alone in a family lake house, or so they think; and Vera Drews The folk jokerthat reimagines the comic book villain franchise as a queer coming-of-age image.

Other world premieres for the Midnight Madness program include V/H/S/99a new film from the found footage anthology franchise V/H/S, this time directed by Flying Lotus, Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Vanessa Winter and Joseph Winter; Kim Hongsun’s genre actioner Project wolf hunt; That of Spanish horror veteran Jaume Balagueró Venus, with ester exposito; and Jalmari Helander’s World War II action film Sisualready picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

The Midnight Madness program ends with Leonor will never diedirected by Martika Ramirez Escobar, while there will be a North American premiere for Ti Wests pearl after a SXSW debut. In A24’s prequel horror flick, Mia Goth plays a young woman hungry for fame who wields a pitchfork on her family’s remote farm.

The Hollywood Reporter also revealed the titles that will be included in the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery sidebar and Wavelengths program for experimental works. The Discovery line-up includes Elegance Bratton’s narrative directorial debut The inspection, starring Gabrielle Union and Jeremy Pope in a drama about a young gay man who enlists in the Marines to gain his mother’s approval; Sophie Kargman’s dark comic thriller Susie is looking, with Kiersey Clemons; Better well Baby Ruby, where a mother struggles with postpartum depression and her baby’s apparent hostility; Marian Mathias’ Runner, a relationship drama set in the American Midwest; Aitch Albertos Aristotle and Dante discover the mysteries of the universe, with Eva Longoria and Eugenio Derbez; Benjamin Millepied carmen, a modern retelling of the popular opera starring Paul Mescal; Laura Baumeisters daughter of anger; the first Nicaraguan feature film directed by a woman; Basil Khalil’s satire A Gaza weekend; Davit Pirtskhalavas A long break; return to Seoul, directed by Davy Chou; Angela Wanjiku Wamais chimoni; Selce Erguns snow and the bear; Jub Clercs cute like; The taste of apples is red, directed by Ehab Tarabieh; Malou Reymanns unruly; Chandler Levacks i like movies, about a self-obsessed teenager who pursues his dreams and tests relationships in suburban Ontario in the 1990s; Joseph Amentas pussy; Gail Maurices rosie; VT Nayanis This place; Sophie Jarvis Until branches bend; When the morning comes by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall; Sheila Pyes The young arsonists; and Something you said last nightdirected by Luis De Filippis.

In the Wavelengths program are those of Antoine Bourge concrete valleya drama about a Syrian doctor, played by Hussam Douhna, who struggles with his wife and son to adjust to a new life in Canada while living and working in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighborhood; De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by directors Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor; Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queiros’ walking on dry ground; Albert Serras pacification; and Qing Dynasty Queens, Ashley McKenzie directed.

So it’s clear that the Toronto Film Festival has a pretty strong selection of films this year. The Midnight Madness sidebar is of the greatest interest to me, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what the reactions to those will be Pearl, V/H/S/99, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Blackening, Sick, The People’s Joker, Project Wolf Hunting, Venus, Sisu, and Leonor will never die.

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