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TIFF Announces Midnight Madness and Documentary Slates, Including ‘Halloween’ and ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ World Premieres

Two of the festival's signature programs will include major world premieres, including David Gordon Green's horror film and Michael Moore's latest documentary.

Two of the Toronto International Film Festival’s signature programs have today unveiled their full slates, including both the genre-bending Midnight Madness program and the wide-ranging TIFF Docs section. Both slates will play home to highly anticipated world premieres, including David Gordon Green’s new spin on the “Halloween” mythos, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ Quincy Jones doc, “Quincy,” and many more.

“This year’s Midnight Madness slate promises another idiosyncratic confluence of established and emerging genre filmmakers,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Midnight Madness Programmer, in an official statement. “To complement some of the buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion. That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, ‘The Predator’ and ‘Halloween,’ each of which boldly and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”

The section will open with the world premiere of Shane Black’s “The Predator,” billed as “the director’s reinvention of the iconic film series.” It will close with the North American premiere of “Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s bizarre, genre-bending film that fascinated audiences at Cannes earlier this year. Other titles of note include Gaspar Noé’s wild “Climax” and Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy” followup “In Fabric.”

The TIFF Docs section will include 27 feature-length non-fiction films, and will open with Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a “radical and humorous look at the United States under Donald Trump.” The section will close with “Searching for Ingmar Bergman,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta.” One-third of this year’s TIFF Docs features are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers.

“TIFF Docs contains multiple titles poised to become the next non-fiction hits after a summer of box-office breakouts,” said TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers in an official statement. “Beyond the well-known directors in the lineup, look out for newer talents that will take audiences by surprise.”

Below are the newest additions to the TIFF 2018 lineup, including Midnight Madness and Documentary titles. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 16 in Toronto, Canada.

Midnight Madness

“Assassination Nation,” Sam Levinson, USA, Canadian Premiere

“Climax,” Gaspar Noé, France, North American Premiere

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France/Brazil, North American Premiere Midnight Madness Closing Film

“Halloween, David Gordon Green, USA, World Premiere

“In Fabric,” Peter Strickland, UK, World Premiere

"Climax"

“Climax”

Wild Bunch

“The Man Who Feels No Pain,” Vasan Bala, India, World Premiere

“Nekrotronic,” Kiah Roache-Turner, Australia, World Premiere

“The Predator,” Shane Black, USA, World Premiere Midnight Madness Opening Films

“The Standoff at Sparrow Creek,” Henry Dunham, USA, World Premiere

“The Wind,” Emma Tammi, USA, World Premiere

TIFF Docs

“American Dharma,” Errol Morris, USA/United Kingdom, North American Premiere

“Angels Are Made Of Light,” James Longley, USA/Denmark/Norway, Canadian Premiere

“The Biggest Little Farm,” John Chester, USA, International Premiere

“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” Alexis Bloom, USA, World Premiere

“The Elephant Queen,” Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble, United Kingdom/Kenya, World Premiere

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore, USA, World Premiere TIFF Docs Opening Film

“Fahrenheit 11/9”

Dog Eat Dog Films

“Free Solo,” E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, USA, International Premiere

“Freedom Fields,” Naziha Arebi, Libya/United Kingdom/Netherlands/USA/Qatar/Lebanon/Canada, World Premiere

“Ghost Fleet,” Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron, USA, International Premiere

“Graves Without a Name (Les tombeaux sans noms),” Rithy Panh, France/Cambodi, Canadian Premiere

“Heartbound (Hjertelandet),” Janus Metz, Sine Plambech, Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden, World Premiere

“Maiden,” Alex Holmes, United Kingdom, World Premiere

“Maria by Callas,” Tom Volf, France, North American Premiere

“Meeting Gorbachev,” Werner Herzog, André Singer, United Kingdom/USA/Germany, Canadian Premiere

“This Changes Everything,” Tom Donahue, USA, World Premiere

“Monrovia, Indiana,” Frederick Wiseman, USA, North American Premiere

“Quincy”

“Putin’s Witnesses (Svideteli Putina),” Vitaly Mansky, Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic, International Premiere

“Quincy,” Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks, USA, World Premiere

“Screwball,” Billy Corben, USA, World Premiere

“Searching for Ingmar Bergman,” Margarethe von Trotta, Germany/France, North American Premiere TIFF Docs Closing Film

“The Truth About Killer Robots,” Maxim Pozdorovkin, USA, World Premiere

“Walking on Water,” Andrey Paounov, Italy/USA, North American Premiere

“When Arabs Danced (Au temps où les Arabes dansaient),” Jawad Rhalib, Belgium, North American Premiere

“Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” Mark Cousins, United Kingdom, North American Premiere

Previously announced Canadian features at the Festival include Ron Mann’s “Carmine Street Guitars,” Barry Avrich’s “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz,” and Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?”

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