'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story'

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‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’

The Toronto International FiLm Festival (TIFF, September 8-18) has unveiled its Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths strands.

Midnight Madness returns to its 10-film format and will screen at new venue the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The section opens with Eric Appel’s US biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story featuring Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.

The section presents Finecut’s Project Wolf Hunting (South Korea) by Kim Hongsun, whose genre oeuvre includes Metamorphosis and The Chase. Finland has been stepping up its festival presence of late and Jalmari Helander will premiere Sisu (formerly Immortal), about a man with loot fighting Nazis in the Lapland wilderness.

Tim Story, director of the Fantastic Four and Ride Along franchises, makes the cut with trapped-in-a-cabin US horror comedy The Blackening, and Filipino Martika Ramirez Escobar debuts Midnight Madness closing night selection Leonor Will Never Die from the Philippines, about a retired filmmaker in a coma who becomes the action hero of her unfinished screenplay. V/H/S 99 brings the latest instalment in the horror anthology franchise and Ti West’s Pearl gets its North American premiere.

Discovery will open with Elegance Bratton’s US drama The Inspection from A24 and Gamechanger Films starring Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union and based on the filmmaker’s experiences as a gay man in US Marine Corps.

Selections include The Black Swan choreographer and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied’s reimagining of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, and Malou Reymann’s Danish drama Unruly from TrustNordisk, about a 1930s government sterilisation programme that resonates with the ongoing assault on women’s rights in the US and around the world.

Discovery contains two debut features from trans filmmakers: Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe (US) by Aitch Alberto is produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Limelight and stars Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales, with Eugenio Derbez and Eva Longoria, while Luis De Filippis debuts Something You Said Last Night (Can-Switz). 

Wavelengths brings Berlin Talents alumnus Antoine Bourges’s Canadian drama Concrete Valley. As always, the section includes features and shorts, as well as an exhibition.

“For TIFF audiences in the know, the Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths programmes are where you’re rewarded for taking risks and being adventurous,” said TIFF chief programming officer Anita Lee. “Whether it’s the discovery of an audacious new auteur, a brilliant visionary work that reimagines storytelling or the most wicked cinematic experience you will ever have, this is where you will find it.”


Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe (US)
Dir. Aitch Alberto

Baby Ruby (US)
Dir. Bess Wohl

Carmen (Australia-Fr)
Dir. Benjamin Millepied

Daughter Of Rage (Nicaragua)
Dir. Laura Baumeister

A Gaza Weekend (UK-Pal)
Dir. Basil Khalil

I Like Movies (Can)
Dir. Chandler Levack

The Inspection (US) – opening night film
Dir. Elegance Bratton

A Long Break (Georgia)
Dir. Davit Pirtskhalava

Pussy (Can)
Dir. Joseph Amenta

Return To Seoul (S Kor-Fr-Ger-Belg) – international premiere
Dir. Davy Chou

Rosie (Can)
Dir. Gail Maurice

Runner (US-Fr-Ger)
Dir. Marian Mathias

Shimoni (Kenya)
Dir. Angela Wanjiku Wamai

Snow And The Bear (Turkey-Ger-Ser)
Dir. Selcen Ergun

Something You Said Last Night (Can-Switz)
Dir. Luis De Filippis

Susie Searches (US)
Dir. Sophie Kargman

Sweet As (Australia) – international premiere
Dir. Jub Clerc

The Taste Of Apples Is Red (Isr-Ger)
Dir. Ehab Tarabieh

This Place (Can)
Dir. V.T. Nayani

Unruly (Den)
Dir. Malou Reymann

Until Branches Bend (Can)
Dir. Sophie Jarvis

When Morning Comes (Can)
Dir. Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

The Young Arsonists (Can)
Dir. Sheila Pye

Midnight Madness

The Blackening (US)
Dir. Tim Story

Leonor Will Never Die (Phil) – Canadian premiere; closing night film
Dir. Martika Ramirez Escobar

Pearl (US) – North American premiere
Dir. Ti West

The People’s Joker (US)
Dir. Vera Drew

Project Wolf Hunting (S Kor)
Dir. Kim Hongsun

Sick (US)
Dir. John Hyams

Sisu (Fin)
Dir. Jalmari Helander

Venus (Sp)
Dir. Jaume Balagueró

V/H/S 99 (US)
Dirs. Flying Lotus, Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Vanessa & Joseph Winter

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (US) – opening night film
Dir. Eric Appel



Concrete Valley (Can)
Dir. Antoine Bourges

De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Fr-Switz)
Dirs. Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
North American premiere

Dry Ground Burning (Por-Braz) – North American premiere
Dirs. Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós

Horse Opera (US)
Dir. Moyra Davey

Pacifiction (Fr-Sp-Ger-Por) – North American premiere
Dir. Albert Serra

Queens Of The Qing Dynasty (Can) – North American premiere
Dir. Ashley McKenzie

Unrest (Switz) – North American premiere
Dir. Cyril Schäublin

Will-o’-the-Wisp (Por-Fr) – North American premiere
Dir. João Pedro Rodrigues


After Work (UK)
Dirs. Céline Condorelli, Ben Rivers

Bigger on the Inside (US)
Dir. Angelo Madsen Minax

Eventide (US)
Dir. Sharon Lockhart

F1ghting Looks Different 2 Me Now (Mesa Grande Reservation-US)
Dir. Fox Maxy
Festival premiere

Fata Morgana (UK-US)
Dir. Tacita Dean

Hors-titre (Fr)
Dir. Wiame Haddad

I Thought The World Of You (Can)
Dir. Kurt Walker

Moonrise (US-Can)
Dir. Vincent Grenier

The Newest Olds (Arg-Can)
Dir. Pablo Mazzolo

Puerta a Puerta (Mex-US)
Dirs. Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luis Arnías

The Time That Separates Us (Can-Jor-Pal)
Dir. Parastoo Anoushahpour

What Rules The Invisible (US)
Dir. Tiffany Sia


Meriem Bennani: Life On The CAPS (2022) and 2 Lizards (2020)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, September 9–18
Free Admission
Presented in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation.