The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival is steadily announcing titles as we get closer to the kick-off of this year’s festival (Sept. 7-16). One section that always delivers and should deliver once again this year, is the “Midnight Madness” sidebar. So far, I’ve already seen five of the selections: Borat, The Host, Princess, Severance, and S&Man. These are all good films, some better than others, but all really satisfying.
Full disclosure: we had the world premiere of S&Man at SXSW this year, and it scared the hell out of everyone who saw it. Severance and The Host, both coming to the States via Magnolia, are also pretty damn creepy but in very disparate ways. Princess (which Tartan Films picked up out of Cannes) is a deeply disturbing yet entertaining animated revenge flick, equal parts Anime and Dogme 95. And, Borat, well I’ve said plenty about how I feel about that modern-comedy-classic-in-the-making. All in all, an already brilliant “Midnight Madness” program for TIFF attendees.
Out of the five other titles in the section, the only one I know anything about is All the Boys Love Mady Lane, only because this teen horror film was made in Austin last year. But otherwise, I’ll see you at midnight in Canada.