Toronto 2012: Films by Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and Barry Levinson Booked into Midnight Madness

 

TORONTO --­ Nicolas Lopez's Aftershock, Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem and Barry Levinson's The Bay are set to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness sidebar, organizers said Tuesday.

The Midnight Madness program will see the Lopez-directed earthquake thriller Aftershock, where Roth, the horror helmer, performs opposite Selena Gomez, have its world premiere in Toronto.

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The festival gorefest will also feature performances by Clancy Brown, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Eli Roth, Tom Waits, Christopher Walken and Karl Urban.

Included in the Midnight Madness program are world bows for Zombie's The Lords of Salem, Levinson's The Bay, about a deadly parasite in a small Maryland town, Mexico-based Russian director Makinov's Come Out and Play, and Pete Travis' Dredd, which stars Olivia Thirby and Lena Headey.

Also debuting in Toronto is J.T. Petty's Hellbenders', an R-rated 3D exorcism comedy, John Dies at the End, by Don Coscarelli (Bubble Ho-Tep), and Ryuhei Kitamura's No One Lives, from the director of Versus and The Midnight Meat Train.

Toronto also booked Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, which stars Colin Farrell as a struggling screenwriter who becomes entangled with the criminal underworld.

And Midnight Madness will give a world bow to the anthology film series The ABCs of Death, featuring the work of 26 genre directors, including Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Ti West, Jason Eisener, Adam Wingard and Nacho Vigalondo, for a world bow.

TIFF's slate of documentaries in the Real to Reel sidebar will include a world premiere for Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the Catholic Church abuse investigation film, a North American bow for Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns' The Central Park Five, a wrongful conviction investigation, and an international debut for Julien Temple's London ­ The Modern Babylon, a portrait of London immigrants and artistic outcasts.

There's also a world bows for Matthew Cooke's How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a probe of the "War on Drugs" that features interviews with 50 Cent, Eminem and The Wire producer David Simon, Nina Davenport's First Comes Love, Jorge Hinojosa's Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, with interviews by Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock and Quincy Jones, and Dan Setton's State 194, the Participant Media film about Palestinian politics. 

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Other docs booked into Toronto include Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, executive produced by Errol Morris, Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, Storm Surfers 3D, a surfing doc by Australian directors Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan, and a North American premiere for Brad Bernstein's Far Out Isn't Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, a film about a subversive artist that features the late Maurice Sendak.

Canadian docs booked into Toronto include Simon Ennis' Lunarcy!, Jamie Kastner's The Secret Disco Revolution and and Barry Avrich's Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky, a portrait of disgraced Broadway impresario Garth Drabinsky.

TIFF earlier announced four documentaries, Liz Garbus's Love, Marilyn, a star-filled Marilyn Monroe biopic, and Shola Lynch's Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, and Maiken Baird's Venus & Serena and Liar's Autobiography ­ the Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, to screen as part of the Special Presentations program.

TIFF programmers also unveiled 10 films from Mumbai directors for its City to City sidebar, including Mohit Takalkar's The Bright Day, Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade and Manjeet Singh's Mumbai's King.

And away from the Hollywood and Bollywood spotlight, Toronto unveiled its Vanguard program of experimental films.

That sidebar has world bows for Eva Sorhaug's 90 Minutes, from Norway, Chinese director Zhang Yuan's Beijing Flickers, and Peaches Does Herself, by Merrill Beth Nisker, whose stage name is Peaches.

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There's also North American bows for UK director Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio, U.S. filmmaker Michel Gondry's The We and the I, and Soi Cheang's Motorway, from Hong Kong.

And the TIFF Kids program has booked a world premeire for Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania, which features Dracula voiced by Adam Sandler, ahead of a September 28 theatrical release.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 6 to 16.

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