TIFF ’16: Colossal, I Am the Pretty Thing added to festival programs

The festival has announced programming for its Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque, Docs and Short Cuts sections.
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Canada/Spain coproduction Colossal and the Canada/U.S. copro I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House are two of the latest titles to be added to the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 lineup.

On Tuesday, the festival revealed titles to be added to its Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque, Docs and Short Cuts programs. Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal will have its world premiere in the Vanguard program. The film is produced by Brightlight Pictures’ Shawn Williamson and Nahikari Ipiña of Sayaka Productions. Colossal is the first project out of the three-year, five-film sales agency deal that Brightlight signed with L.A.-based Voltage Pictures in 2015.

Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House will also have its world premiere in the Vanguard program. The film is produced by Ottawa-based Zed Filmworks and Go Insane Films and California-based Paris Film. This is the second year a film by Perkins and his producing partners will premiere at TIFF. Last year’s February (renamed The Blackcoat’s Daughter) also had its premiere in the Vanguard program.

Other titles to screen in the Vanguard programme are Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch (U.S.), Joyce A. Nashawati’s Blind Sun (France/Greece), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (U.S.), Chung Mong-Hong’s Godspeed (Taiwan), Dain Iskandar Said’s Interchange (Malaysia/Indonesia), Fabrice Du Welz’s Message from the King (U.K./France/Belgium), Dash Shaw’s My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (U.S.), Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (U.K.), Amat Escalante’s The Untamed (Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway) and Lorcan Finnegan’s Without Name (Ireland).

The TIFF Docs lineup will include the world premiere of Erin Heidenreich’s Girl Unbound a Pakistan/Canada/Hong Kong/South Korea coproduction. Last week, TIFF announced a slate of documentary world premieres from Canadian directors, including Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams, Hubert Davis’ Giants of Africa and Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code.

No Canadian films will screen in either the TIFF Cinematheque or Midnight Madness programs. Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire (U.K.) will open the Midnight Madness program and Kōji Shiraishi’s Sadako vs. Kayako will close the program. Other films getting their world premiere in the program include André Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe (U.S.), Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (U.S.), Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch (U.S.), Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto’s Headshot (Indonesia) and Morgan Spurlock’s Rats (U.S.).

Lastly, one Canadian title has been added to the Shorts program, joining those already named last week. Lee Filipovski’s Fluffy (Flafi), a Serbia/Canada short will world premiere in the section.

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