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2018 TIFF: Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric”Highlight of Midnight Madness Offerings

2018 TIFF: Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric”Highlight of Midnight Madness Offerings

Two major studio films studio reboots in Shane Black’s The Predator and David Gordon Green’s Halloween, and three non world premieres (one Sundance and two Cannes titles) in Assassination NationClimax (reviewand Diamantino make for a ten piece selection (mostly English language) that is anemic in terms of discovery but is big on star wattage. Nowhere to be seen in Locarno, Venice or San Sebastian, the shocker surprise inclusion has to be the world premiere showing of Peter Strickland‘s fourth feature film. In Fabric is lead by an alluring strong female cast of Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Gwendoline Christie and is in our book the most anticipated film of the section. Among the lesser known projects we find directorial debuts from Henry Dunham (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek features James Badge Dale and Brian Geraghty and was shot last March) and Emma Tammi’s (formerly know as The Prairie) The Wind a horror western set in the 1800’s which we hope is a cross between Meek’s Cutoff and The VVitch. Here are the ten selections:

Assassination Nation – Sam Levinson | USA
International Premiere

Climax – Gaspar Noé | France
North American Premiere

Diamantino – Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt | Portugal/France/Brazil
North American Premiere / *Midnight Madness Closing Film*

Halloween – David Gordon Green | USA
World Premiere

In Fabric – Peter Strickland | UK
World Premiere

The Man Who Feels No Pain – Vasan Bala | India
World Premiere

Nekrotronic – Kiah Roache-Turner | Australia
World Premiere

The Predator – Shane Black | USA
World Premiere – *Midnight Madness Opening Film*

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek – Henry Dunham | USA
World Premiere

The Wind – Emma Tammi | USA
World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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