The 2011 Toronto Film Festival has filled out its fest slate with the genre fare of its Midnight Madness program, and foreign, kidfare and documentary offerings. Among the highlights: the Masters program will unveil the Wim Wenders-directed Pina; the Jafar Panahi- and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb-directed This is Not a Film, about the plight of Panahi as he appealed his six-year prison sentence and 20-year filmmaking ban by the Islamic Republic Court in Tehran; the Werner Herzog-directed murder mystery documentary Into the Abyss; the Morgan Spurlock-directed geek doc Comic-Con: Episodes IV: A Fan’s Hope; Nick Broomfield’s controversial docu Sarah Palin–You Betcha!; and Alex Gibney’s hockey-brawling saga The Last Gladiators.
The Midnight Madness slate taxes the stamina but has become a destination of acquisition executives looking for genre discoveries. This year, the slate includes the Douglas Aarniokoski-directed apocalyptic thriller The Day; the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed God Bless America, about a possibly terminally ill and disillusioned man who decides to bump off repugnant members of society; the Eduardo Sanches-directed Love Molly, a thriller by the Blair Witch director about a newlywed who can’t shed memories of her nightmarish childhood; the Adam Wingard-directed You’re Next, about a family fighting against invaders during a reunion getaway; the Katsuhito Ishii-directed Smuggler, about a smuggler who runs afoul of a psychotic gangster; the Julien Maury- and Alexandre Bustillo-directed Livid, about friends who break into a decrepit mansion looking for loot, but finding horror; and the Alexandre Courtes-directed The Incident, in which members of a rock band who moonlight in the kitchen of a high-security asylum fight for their life when the power goes out, the doors open, and the inmates run wild.
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