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TIFF Announces Discovery and Midnight Madness Festival Programs

More titles for the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled this morning. TIFF has announced their Discovery and Midnight Madness lineups, featuring some very interesting titles. You can see them below, but especially with Midnight Madness, a festival favorite or two always ends up coming from that section.

Here is the press release:

The Toronto International Film Festival® is thrilled to announce the 2023 selections for the Discovery and Midnight Madness programmes. The infamous Midnight Madness lineup features 10 titles, 7 of which are World Premieres. The Discovery lineup, which primarily boasts World and International Premieres, includes 26 titles. Notably, 13 female filmmakers representing 50% of the total programme are featured in this year’s Discovery programme.

Midnight Madness and Discovery provide a cornucopia of original and unexpected work. Midnight Madness is a fan favourite, iconoclastic programme highlighting the weird and the wicked, while the Discovery programme offers a window to contemporary international cinema and introduces the public to first and second feature films from gifted new filmmakers.

“We’re excited to be showcasing new voices, audacious vision, and genre-bending cinema,” said Anita Lee, TIFF Chief Programming Officer. “TIFF’s Discovery and Midnight Madness programmes for 2023 will once again prove to be the ultimate destination for tastemakers and experience seekers.”


“Sides will be split — both figuratively and literally (on screen) — as Midnight Madness returns to the Royal Alexandra Theatre with another stimulating concoction of unpredictable shock and ‘y’arr!’ cinema,” said Peter Kuplowsky, TIFF International Programmer, Midnight Madness. “Featuring two timely satiric provocations from Saudi Arabia (NAGA) and Serbia (Working Class Goes to Hell) — nations that are making their section debut — this year’s madness infectiously ignites with 11 o’clock numbers that go all the way to midnight courtesy of Larry Charles’ bonkers and bawdy Dicks: The Musical. A menagerie of tastes will be sated, so bottoms up!”

AGGRO DR1FT Harmony Korine | USA North American Premiere

Boy Kills World Moritz Mohr | Germany/South Africa/USA World Premiere

OPENING FILM Dicks: The Musical Larry Charles | USA World Premiere

Hell of a Summer Finn Wolfhard, Billy Bryk | USA/Canada World Premiere
KILL Nikhil Nagesh Bhat | India World Premiere
NAGA Meshal Aljaser | Saudi Arabia World Premiere

CLOSING FILM Riddle of Fire Weston Razooli | USA North American Premiere

Sleep Jason Yu | South Korea North American Premiere
When Evil Lurks Demián Rugna | Argentina World Premiere
Working Class Goes to Hell Mladen Đorđević | Serbia World Premiere


“The Discovery section, which is curated by a brilliant team of international programmers, is an integral part of TIFF,” stated Dorota Lech, TIFF Lead Programmer, Discovery, & International Programmer for Central, Eastern, & Southern Europe, the Caucasus, Iran, & Turkey. “It is a bold and exciting showcase of cinema and emerging talent from around the world, and we are honoured to highlight new and distinctive voices from artists creating their first or second feature on our global stage. This year’s programme of 26 titles includes films from 25 countries, accounting for international co-productions and local talent.”

Achilles Farhad Delaram | Iran/Germany/France World Premiere
After the fire Mehdi Fikri | France World Premiere
A Match (Sthal) Jayant Digambar Somalkar | India World Premiere
Andragogy Wregas Bhanuteja | Indonesia/Singapore World Premiere
An Endless Sunday Alain Parroni | Italy/Germany/Ireland International Premiere
Arthur&Diana Sara Summa | Germany World Premiere
Backspot D.W. Waterson | Canada World Premiere
Frybread Face and Me Billy Luther | USA International Premiere

OPENING FILM Gonzo Girl Patricia Arquette | USA World Premiere
Hajjan Abu Bakr Shawky | Saudi Arabia/Egypt/Jordan World Premiere
How to Have Sex Molly Manning Walker | United Kingdom North American Premiere
I Don’t Know Who You Are M. H. Murray | Canada World Premiere
La Suprema Felipe Holguín Caro | Colombia World Premiere
Mandoob Ali Kalthami | Saudi Arabia World Premiere
Mimang Kim Taeyang | South Korea World Premiere
Seagrass Meredith Hama-Brown | Canada World Premiere
Solitude Ninna Pálmadóttir | Iceland/Slovakia/France World Premiere
Tautuktavuk (What We See) Carol Kunnuk, Lucy Tulugarjuk | Canada World Premiere
The Teacher Farah Nabulsi | United Kingdom/Palestine/Qatar World Premiere
The Tundra Within Me (Eallugierdi) Sara Margrethe Oskal | Norway World Premiere
The Queen of My Dreams Fawzia Mirza | Canada World Premiere
Valentina or the Serenity (Valentina o la serenidad) Ángeles Cruz | Mexico World Premiere
Widow Clicquot Thomas Napper | France World Premiere
Wild Woman Alán González | Cuba World Premiere
Without Air Katalin Moldovai | Hungary World Premiere
Yellow Bus Wendy Bednarz | United Arab Emirates World Premiere


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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