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Discovery & Midnight Madness at TIFF

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Image edited from the poster for the Canadian film Until Branches Bend from director Sophie Jarvis.

Discovery. Midnight Madness & More at TIFF 2022
by Staff Editors

(August 4, 2022 – Toronto, ON) One day after reporting on TIFF’s Platform Program, today we learned about the film festival’s Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelength programs. A lineup that features 54 titles from filmmakers representing 26 countries.

“For TIFF audiences in the know, the Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths programmes are where you’re rewarded for taking risks and being adventurous,” offered Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “Whether it’s the discovery of an audacious new auteur, a brilliant visionary work that reimagines storytelling or the most wicked cinematic experience you will ever have, this is where you will find it.”

“TIFF’s Discovery programme is a showcase of cinema and talent from around the world — a place to unearth work that is bold, distinctive, and, above all, passionate,” said Dorota Lech, Discovery Lead and International Programmer, TIFF. “The section has a rich history of championing the first and second features of visionary filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Julie Dash, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ildikó Enyedi, Jafar Panahi, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Steve McQueen, Michael Haneke, Christopher Nolan, Lav Diaz, Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuarón, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Warwick Thornton, Maren Ade, Joachim Trier, David Gordon Green, Pablo Larraín, Valeska Grisebach, and Jean-Marc Vallée, to name just a handful. This year’s robust programme offers 24 films that shook us to the core, filled us with joy, broke our hearts, and, most importantly, reminded us that the future is bright.”

Unless otherwise noted, all the the films that follow will enjoy World Premieres at TIFF 2022. There will be another film aded to this list at a later date:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Aitch Alberto | USA

Baby Ruby Bess Wohl | USA

Carmen Benjamin Millepied | Australia, France

Daughter of Rage (La Hija de todas las Rabias) Laura Baumeister | Nicaragua

A Gaza Weekend Basil Khalil | United Kingdom, Palestine

I Like Movies Chandler Levack | Canada

The Inspection Elegance Bratton | USA (Discovery Opening Night Film)

A Long Break Davit Pirtskhalava | Georgia

Pussy Joseph Amenta | Canada

Return to Seoul Davy Chou | South Korea, France, Germany, Belgium
International Premiere

ROSIE Gail Maurice | Canada

Runner Marian Mathias | USA, France, Germany

SHIMONI Angela Wanjiku Wamai | Kenya

Snow and the Bear Selcen Ergun | Turkey, Germany, Serbia

Something You Said Last Night Luis De Filippis | Canada, Switzerland

Susie Searches Sophie Kargman | USA

Until Branches Bend, movie, poster, Sweet As Jub Clerc | Australia
International Premiere

The Taste of Apples is Red Ehab Tarabieh | Israel, Germany

This Place V.T. Nayani | Canada

Unruly (Ustyrlig) Malou Reymann | Denmark

Until Branches Bend Sophie Jarvis | Canada

When Morning Comes Kelly Fyffe-Marshall | Canada

The Young Arsonists Sheila Pye | Canada

“I am thrilled to announce that Midnight Madness has returned to its traditional 10-film configuration and has a new home at the Royal Alexandra Theatre,” said section curator Peter Kuplowsky. “I also couldn’t have hoped for a more appropriate Opening Night film than Weird: The Al Yankovic Story — a beautifully deranged ‘biopic’ made in the great Midnight movie tradition of challenging conventions and forging one’s own path, no matter how weird.”

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, movie, poster, Starring Daniel Radcliffe as music and comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic, the film leads a gonzo Midnight Madness lineup that includes a double dose of gore-filled action (Sisu and Project Wolf Hunting), two wildly surprising new instalments to iconic horror films (Pearl and V/H/S 99), some magnificently meta genre comedies (The Blackening, The People’s Joker, and Leonor Will Never Die), and a few killer creative horror team-ups (John Hyams and Kevin Williamson’s Sick, Jaume Balagueró and Álex de la Iglesia’s Venus).

Unless otherwise noted, all the the films that follow will enjoy World Premieres at TIFF 2022.

The Blackening Tim Story | USA

Leonor Will Never Die Martika Ramirez Escobar | Philippines (Midnight Madness Closing Night Film)
Canadian Premiere

Pearl Ti West | USA
North American Premiere

The People’s Joker Vera Drew | USA

Project Wolf Hunting Kim Hongsun | South Korea

Sick John Hyams | USA

Sisu Jalmari Helander | Finland

Venus Jaume Balagueró | Spain

V/H/S 99 Flying Lotus, Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Vanessa & Joseph Winter | USA

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Eric Appel | USA (Midnight Madness Opening Night Film)

“The selections in this year’s Wavelengths lineup reimagine the possibilities of cinema in ways both inspiring and rejuvenating,” said Senior Curator Andréa Picard. “The programme itself continues to champion film as art in a climate increasingly challenging for non-commercial and non-conforming work. The filmmakers and artists in this year’s edition expand the language of film and video, employing narrative, documentary, hybrid, and formalist approaches to assert film’s status as an autonomous art form and the cinema itself as an essential, communal experience.”

Showcasing a mix of established auteurs, celebrated visual artists, and emerging filmmakers, this year’s Wavelengths presents eight features, two shorts programmes, and an exhibition, placing timeless, durational works alongside projects of the utmost contemporary urgency — each political by nature of its very existence and, by extension, resistance. Additionally, we are honoured to present a number of important moving-image works from recent gallery and museum exhibitions in the cinema, including an exceptional theatrical screening of Tacita Dean’s latest 16mm film, Fata Morgana. Another of this year’s highlights includes the first Canadian solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani in an exciting partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation. Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS will be exhibited free to the public at The Power Plant from September 9 through 18.

Unless otherwise noted, all the the films that follow will enjoy World Premieres at TIFF 2022.

Concrete Valley Antoine Bourges | Canada

De Humani Corporis Fabrica Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor | France, Switzerland
North American Premiere

Dry Ground Burning (Mato Seco em Chamas) Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós | Portugal, Brazil
North American Premiere

Horse Opera Moyra Davey | USA
Festival Premiere

Pacifiction Albert Serra | France, Spain, Germany, Portugal
North American Premiere

Queens of the Qing Dynasty Ashley McKenzie | Canada
North American Premiere

Unrest (Unrueh) Cyril Schäublin | Switzerland
North American Premiere

Will-o’-the-Wisp (Fogo-Fátuo) João Pedro Rodrigues | Portugal, France
North American Premiere


After Work Céline Condorelli, Ben Rivers | United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Bigger on the Inside Angelo Madsen Minax | USA

EVENTIDE Sharon Lockhart | USA

F1ghting Looks Different 2 Me Now Fox Maxy | Mesa Grande Reservation/USA
Festival Premiere

Fata Morgana Tacita Dean | United Kingdom, USA
Festival Premiere

Hors-titre Wiame Haddad | France
North American Premiere

I Thought the World of You Kurt Walker | Canada
North American Premiere

Moonrise Vincent Grenier | USA, Canada

The Newest Olds Pablo Mazzolo | Argentina, Canada

Puerta a Puerta Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luis Arnías | Mexico, USA, Venezuela
International Premiere

The Time That Separates Us Parastoo Anoushahpour | Canada, Jordan, Palestine

What Rules the Invisible Tiffany Sia | USA
North American Premiere

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 9 to 18. The deadline to purchase ticket packages is August 14.