This year’s Toronto line-up features a bumper crop of new works from established directors as well as exciting directorial debuts. Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.
Dirs Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Afflicted (previously known as Ends Of The Earth) follows two friends whose round-the-world trip takes a turn for the surreal. IM Global has closed a range of deals including CBS Films for the US; eOne for the UK, Canada and Spain; and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for German-speaking Europe, Australia, Latin America and Italy, among others.
Contact IM Global, firstname.lastname@example.org
All Cheerleaders Die (US)
Dirs Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
A remake of a project that McKee and Sivertson first made in 1999, All Cheerleaders Die is a supernatural thriller about a high-school outsider seeking vengeance on the captain of the football team. Modernciné produced.
Contact Andrew van den Houten, email@example.com
Almost Human (US)
Dir Joe Begos
Set in a quiet Maine town, the debut feature from Begos follows a spate of grisly murders that may be linked to alien abduction. Channel 83 Films and Ambrosino/Delmenico produce. The film is unrelated to the JJ Abrams television project of the same name.
International contact WT Films, wtfilms.tumblr.com; US contact ICM, icmtalent.com
The Green Inferno (US)
Dir Eli Roth
The anticipated first feature from Roth since 2007’s Hostel: Part II, The Green Inferno tells the story of a group of college students who take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to be kidnapped by the tribe of cannibals they came to save. Worldview Entertainment produced.
International contact Exclusive Media, firstname.lastname@example.org; US contact CAA, caa.com
Dir Mike Flanagan
Brenton Thwaites and Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan star in this film about a brother and sister who, years after the deaths of their parents, find the cause of their family tragedy: a cursed mirror. Intrepid Pictures produced.
International contact Focus Features International, email@example.com; US contact Paradigm, paradigmagency.com
Dir Hitoshi Matsumoto
Japanese director and comedian Matsumoto premiered Symbol in Toronto’s Midnight Madness in 2009 and returns to the section with this fantasy about a mild-mannered man who finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrixes. Yoshimoto Creative Agency produced the film, which is released in Japan in October through Warner Bros Japan.
Contact Free Stone Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Station (Aust)
Dir Marvin Kren
From the director of Rammbock, horror film The Station (Blutgletscher) is set at a climate research station in the Alps as a melting glacier begins to have unexpected genetic effects on wildlife. Allegro Film produced.
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Witching & Bitching (Sp-Fr)
Dir Alex de la Iglesia
This horror comedy from the hit Spanish director is about a group of desperate men, and one of their young sons, who rob a jewellery shop but then encounter a coven of crazed flesh-eating women.
Contact Film Factory Entertainment, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abuse Of Weakness (Fr-Bel-Ger)
Dir Catherine Breillat
The provocative French director’s 14th feature is adapted from her own novel, Abus De Faiblesse, about her experiences with Hollywood hustler Christopher Rocancourt. Isabelle Huppert stars.
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Concrete Night (Fin-Swe-Den)
Dir Pirjo Honkasalo
Acclaimed Finnish director Honkasalo adapts Pirkko Saisio’s novel about two young brothers during a pivotal weekend in their lives. The film is shot in black and white.
Contact Bufo, firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m The Same, I’m An Other (Bel)
Dir Caroline Strubbe
The director of Cannes Critics’ Week 2009 selection Lost Persons Area presents this Belgian drama about a thirtysomething man on the run with a nine-year-old girl who shares with him a common past.
Contact Minds Meet, mindsmeet.be
La Ultima Pelicula (Can-Den-Mex-Phil)
Dirs Raya Martin, Mark Peranson
The story follows a film-maker who goes to the Yucatan to scout locations but encounters the Mayan Apocalypse. Martin and Peranson co-directed and wrote the screenplay. Alex Ross Perry, Gabino Rodriguez and Iazua Larios star. Backers include DOX:LAB and Canana. Films We Like has Canadian rights.
Contact Mark Peranson, email@example.com
Dir Ask Hasselbalch
Oscar Dietz and Nicolas Bro lead the cast in this adaptation of Kenneth Bogh Andersen’s bestselling children’s books about a boy who develops super powers after he is bitten by an ant. Nimbus Film produces and SF will release in Denmark.
Contact Attraction Distribution, firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Of Goopi And Bagha (India)
Dir Shilpa Ranade
Two exiled musicians take a journey thanks to powers bestowed by the king of ghosts. This Hindi-language animation is backed by the Children’s Film Society of India and was made at Mumbai’s Paperboat Animation Studios.
Contact Children’s Film Society of India, cfsindia.org
Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang (Sp)
Dir Oskar Santos
Comic books featuring the naughty twins, Zip & Zap, have sold millions of copies since debuting in 1946. This live-action film will see them form a children’s resistance to defy an evil headmaster.
Contact Film Factory, filmfactoryentertainment.com
Asphalt Watches (Can)
Dirs Seth Scriver, Shayne Ehman
A feature-length animation about friends hitchhiking across Canada.
Contact Seth Scriver, peanutbreath.com
The Fake (Kor)
Dir Yeon Sang-ho
A swindler tries to deceive poor villagers as their homes are about to be submerged, in this animated feature from the director of The King Of Pigs.
Contact Finecut, finecut.co.kr
Dir Alexandre Aja
Horror maestro Aja returns with this supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple.
International contact Red Granite Pictures, redgranitepictures.com; US contact WME, wma.com
People In Places (Sp)
Dir Juan Cavestany
A kaleidoscopic film of 20 scenarios reflecting contemporary Spain.
Contact Apaches Entertainment, +33 915 773 185
Dir Zack Parker
A young woman seeks help at a support group after a vicious attack. Parker previously directed Scalene.
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Dir Brillante Mendoza
In this satire, festival veteran Mendoza tells the story of a news team trying to save their station by documenting a spiritual possession.
Contact Solar Entertainment, firstname.lastname@example.org
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (US)
Dir Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins
A Texas man commits a robbery just before his friends leave for college.
Contact Rough & Tumble Films, email@example.com
A Journey (Une Jeune Fille) (Can)
Dir Catherine Martin
A Wolf At The Door (Bra)
Dir Fernando Coimbra
The Animal Project (Can)
Dir Ingrid Veninger
Bad Hair (Ven)
Dir Mariana Rondon
Dir Nejib Belkadhi
Blind Dates (Georgia)
Dir Levan Koguashvili
Break Loose (Rus)
Dir Alexey Uchitel
Dir Terry Miles
Club Sandwich (Mex)
Dir Fernando Eimbcke
Cristo Rey (Dom Rep-Fr-Hai)
Dir Leticia Tonos Paniagua
The Dick Knost Show (Can)
Dir Bruce Sweeney
The Dinner (Neth)
Dir Menno Meyjes
Empire Of Dirt (Can)
Dir Peter Stebbings
Friends From France (Fr-Ger-Can-Rus)
Dirs Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski
Heart Of A Lion (Fin-Swe)
Dir Dome Karukoski
Dir Lisa Langseth
The Immoral (Nor)
Dir Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen
Intruders (S Kor)
Dir Noh Young-seok
iNumber Number (S Afr)
Dir Donovan Marsh
Ladder To Damascus (Syr-Leb-Qat)
Dir Mohamad Malas
Little Feet (US)
Dir Alexandre Rockwell
Dir Josh C Waller
Dir Ragnar Bragason
Dirs Guillaume Giovanetti, Cagla Zencirci
Noye’s Fludde (S Afr)
Dir Mark Dornford-May
October November (Aust)
Dir Götz Spielmann
Palestine Stereo (Pal-Tun-Fr-Nor-UAE-It-Switz)
Dir Rashid Masharawi
Dir Anup Singh
Rags And Tatters (Egypt)
Dir Ahmad Abdalla
Dir Wiebke von Carolsfeld
This Is Sanlitun (Ch-Ice-Ire)
Dir Robert I Douglas
Under The Starry Sky (Fr-Senegal)
Dir Dyana Gaye