The Toronto International Film Festival has announced dozens more films in its programme, across the Vanguard, Midnight Madness, City to City and Kids strands.

In the cutting-edge, genre-bending Vanguard strand, world premieres will include Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Headshot, about a hitman with an unusual injury; and Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s Carré Blanc, about orphans who become a couple trying to keep their love alive in a world of monsters.

There are nine world premieres announced as part of the Midnight Madness programme, including new films from films from Bobcat Goldthwait, The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez, Japanese cult director Katsuhito Ishii, and director-duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.

This year’s City to City programme is dedicated to Buenos Aires, and programmer Kate Lawrie Van de Ven said: “There’s a rich array of cinematic styles emerging across Buenos Aires, from more experimental narratives to sly genre reworks, and we’re excited to bring a sampling of that diversity to TIFF.” The symposium about Buenos Aires will be held on Sept 13.

Two world premieres among the Argentine films are Fatherland, about Argentine modern history as tied to writers buried in Recoleta Cemetary; and Caprichosos de San Telmo, about working-class musicians and dancers.

In the Kids programme, world premieres are of Bess Kargman’s ballet documentary First Position, Japanese film A Letter to Momo, and animation A Monster In Paris.

Films are listed below, with world premieres in bold.


Carré Blanc Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (France/Luxembourg/Belgium/Switzerland) [WP]
Generation P Victor Ginzburg (Russia/US)
Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand/France) [WP] [pictured]
Love and Bruises
Lou Ye (China/France)
Oslo, 31. August Joachim Trier (Norway)
Snowtown Justin Kurzel (Australia)
The Year of the Tiger Sebastián Lelio (Chile)

Midnight Madness

The Day Douglas Aarniokoski (US) [WP]
God Bless America
Bobcat Goldthwait (US) [WP]
The Incident
Alexandre Courtes (France) [WP]
Kill List Ben Wheatley (UK)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (France) [WP]
Lovely Molly
Eduardo Sanchez (US) [WP]
The Raid
Gareth Evans (Indonesia) [WP]
Sleepless Night
Frederic Jardin (France/Belgium/Luxembourg) [WP]
Katsuhito Ishii (Japan) [WP]
You’re Next
Adam Wingard (US) [WP]

City To City: Buenos Aires

Caprichosos de San Telmo Alison Murray (Argentina/Canada) [WP]
The Cat Vanishes Carlos Sorin (Argentina)
Crane World Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Nicolás Prividera (Argentina) [WP]
Invasion Hugo Santiago (Argentina)
A Mysterious World
Rodrigo Moreno (Argentina/Germany)
Pompeya Tamae Garateguy (Argentina)
The Stones Román Cárdenas (Argentina)
The Student Santiago Mitre (Argentina)
Vaquero Juan Minujín (Argentina)

TIFF Kids (formerly Sprockets Family Zone)

First Position Bess Kargman (US) [WP]
The Flying Machine Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey and Dorota Kobiela (Poland/China)
A Letter to Momo
Hiroyuki Okiura (Japan) [WP]
A Monster in Paris
Bibo Bergeron (France) [WP]

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