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TIFF Rounds Out Slate With ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and Many More

The fall festival has announced picks for a number of sections, including Midnight Madness, Documentaries and Vanguard.

"Blair Witch"

“Blair Witch”


The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and TIFF Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.

TIFF’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.

READ MORE: TIFF Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

The beloved Midnight Madness section offers up a full meal of a slate, including the return of several alumni, like Adam Wingard with his once-secret “Blair Witch” and Ben Wheatley with his hotly anticipated “Free Free.” Other newcomers and genre names include André Øvredal, Greg McLean, Colm McCarthy, directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (The Mo Brothers), Kōji Shiraishi and Julia Ducournau.

Want proof of the diversity that Midnight Madness strives for? This year will also play home to the Midnight debut of two lauded filmmakers: Paul Schrader and Morgan Spurlock.

Over in Vanguard — which aims to provide audiences with “dark and edgy films that twist genre and art house conventions together in a new way” — the festival has lined up a jaw-dropping slate of features, including Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” and Nacho Vigalondo’s maybe-twist on Godzilla, the Anne Hathaway-starring “Colossal.”

READ MORE: Toronto Film Festival 2016: What Films Will Contend For Oscar Gold After TIFF Premieres

The TIFF Cinematheque section is filled to bursting with a number of anniversary screenings and restorations, including a 30th anniversary screening of Jonathan Demme’s “Something Wild,” Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” and Marlon Brando’s only directorial outing, “One-Eyed Jacks.”

Below is the third round of additions to the TIFF 2016 lineup, including picks from the Midnight Madness, Docs, Vanguard and Cinematheque sections. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The festival runs September 8 – 18.

Midnight Madness

The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” André Øvredal, USA, World Premiere
The Belko Experiment,” Greg McLean, USA, World Premiere
Blair Witch,” Adam Wingard, USA, World Premiere

"Dog Eat Dog"

“Dog Eat Dog”

Dog Eat Dog,” Paul Schrader, USA, North American Premiere
Free Fire,” Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom, World Premiere, Opening Night Film
The Girl With All the Gifts,” Colm McCarthy, United Kingdom, North American Premiere
Headshot,” Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia, World Premiere

"Free Fire"

“Free Fire”

Rats,” Morgan Spurlock, USA, World Premiere
Raw (Grave),” Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium, International Premiere
Sadako vs. Kayako,” Kōji Shiraishi, Japan, International Premiere, Closing Night Film


The 6th Beatle,” Tony Guma and John Rose, USA/United Kingdom/Germany, World Premiere
ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, USA, World Premiere
Amanda Knox,” Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst, USA/Denmark, World Premiere
An Insignificant Man,” Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, India, World Premiere
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” Errol Morris, USA, International Premiere
Beauties of the Night,” María José Cuevas, Mexico, Canadian Premiere
Bezness as Usual,” Alex Pitstra, Netherlands, North American Premiere

"The Cinema Travellers"

“The Cinema Travellers”

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” John Scheinfeld, USA, International Premiere
The Cinema Travellers,” Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, India, North American Premiere
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” Matt Tyrnauer, USA. World Premiere
Forever Pure,” Maya Zinshtein, Israel/United Kingdom/Ireland/Norway, International Premiere
Gaza Surf Club,” Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, Germany, World Premiere
Gimme Danger,” Jim Jarmusch, USA, North American Premiere
Girl Unbound,” Erin Heidenreich, Pakistan/Canada/Hong Kong/South Korea, World Premiere

"Gimme Danger"

“Gimme Danger”

I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck, USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland, World Premiere
I Called Him Morgan,” Kasper Collin, Sweden/USA, Canadian Premiere
India in a Day,” Richie Mehta, India/United Kingdom, International Premiere
In Exile,” Tin Win Naing, Germany/Myanmar, World Premiere
Into the Inferno,” Werner Herzog and Chttp://www.indiewire.com/film/the-ivory-game/live Oppenheimer, United Kingdom/Austria, International Premiere
The Ivory Game,” Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, Austria/USA, International Premiere
Karl Marx City,” Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, USA/Germany, World Premiere
Mali Blues,” Lutz Gregor, Germany, North American Premiere

"Into the Inferno"

“Into the Inferno”


Politics, Instructions Manual (Política, manual de instructions),” Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain, International Premiere
Rodnye (Close Relations),” Vitaly Mansky, Latvia/Germany/Estonia/Ukraine, North American Premiere
The Turning Point,” USA, World Premiere
The War Show,” Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon, Denmark/Finland/Syria, North American Premiere
Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life,” Fariborz Kamkari, Italy, International Premiere

Previously announced documentaries include Brigitte Berman’s “The River of My Dreams,” Hubert Davis’ “Giants of Africa,” Nicholas de Pencier’s “Black Code,” Hugh Gibson’s “The Stairs,” Jaime Kastner’s “The Skyjacker’s Tale,” Dilip Mehta’s “Mostly Sunny,” Fred Peabody’s “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone,” Jonathan Demme’s “JT + The Tennessee Kids” and Paul Dugdale’s “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America.”


The Bad Batch,” Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, North American Premiere
Blind Sun,” Joyce A. Nashawati, France/Greece, North American Premiere
Buster’s Mal Heart,” Sarah Adina Smith, USA, World Premiere

"The Bad Batch"

“The Bad Batch”

Colossal,” Nacho Vigalondo, Canada, World Premiere
GODSPEED,” Chung Mong-Hong, Taiwan, World Premiere
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House,” Osgood Perkins, Canada/USA, World Premiere
Interchange,” Dain Iskandar Said, Malaysia/Indonesia, North American Premiere
Message from the King,” Fabrice Du Welz, United Kingdom/France/Belgium, World Premiere
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” Dash Shaw, USA, World Premiere
Prevenge,” Alice Lowe, United Kingdom, North American
The Untamed (La región salvage),” Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway, North American Premiere
WITHOUT NAME,” Lorcan Finnegan, Ireland, World Premiere

Previously announced Canadian titles in the Vanguard programme include Anne Émond’s “Nelly.”

TIFF Cinematheque

“Daughters of the Dust,” Julie Dash, USA
“General Report on Certain Matters of Interest for a Public Screening (Informe general sobre algunas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública,” Pere Portabella, Spain
“Irma Vep,” Olivier Assayas, France
“Lumière!,” Lumière Brothers, France

"Daughters of the Dust"

“Daughters of the Dust”

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“One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (L’une chante, l’autre pas),” Agnès Varda, France
“One-Eyed Jacks,” Marlon Brando, USA
“Pan’s Labyrinth,” Guillermo del Toro, Mexico/Spain/USA
“Something Wild,” Jonathan Demme, USA
“The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri),” Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria/Italy
“The Horse Thief,” Tian Zhuangzhuang, China

The previously announced Canadian title in the TIFF Cinematheque selection is Sidney J. Furie’s “A Cool Sound from Hell.”

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