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TIFF 2021: Titane Opens Midnight Madness / Quinzaine Fills Wavelengths & The Gravedigger’s Wife & Compartment No. 6 Among Prestige Items

TIFF 2021: Titane Opens Midnight Madness / Quinzaine Fills Wavelengths & The Gravedigger’s Wife & Compartment No. 6 Among Prestige Items

With only one more Wednesday announcement left in the bank (competition Platform section and the shorts get announced next week) today we saw the unveiling of the Midnight Madness, Wavelengths and TIFF Docs programmes. There were some addition tidying up of some of the other section with lots of carrying over from Cannes with the likes of Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s The Gravedigger’s Wife, Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6, and Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee, the big news today is the inclusion of the Palme d’Or winner – Titane.

After receiving it’s world premiere in Cannes (where it won the Palme) and it’s international premiere at the New Horizons fest in Poland, TIFF nabbed the North American premiere to Julia Ducournau’s sophomore feature as the Midnight Madness opener. The filmmaker had showcased Raw after it was featured in the Critics’ Week.

Thom Powers wasn’t able to nab the newly announced Led Zeppelin docu, but we find several world premieres from established Docu auteurs in Stanley Nelson (Attica), Penny Lane (Listening to Kenny G) and nabbed the intl. preem to E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin ‘s The Rescue. This year’s Wavelengths section could be called the Directors’ Fortnight repeat with Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi & Alice Rohrwacher’s Futura, Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman’s Neptune Frost and Maureen Fazendeiro & Miguel Gomes’ The Tsugua Diaries and Payal Kapadia’s A Night of Knowing Nothing shoring up. Here are all the latest additions (including some calibrating of the Special Presentations and Contemporary World Cinema sections) with Venice items Lorenzo Vigas’ The Box (already announced but receiving a better spotlight slot) and True Things by Harry Wootliff.

Attica Stanley Nelson | USA – World Premiere (TIFF Docs Opening Film)
Beba Rebeca Huntt | USA/Mexico – World Premiere
Becoming Cousteau Liz Garbus | USA – International Premiere
Burning Eva Orner | Australia – World Premiere
Comala Gian Cassini | Mexico – World Premiere
The Devil’s Drivers Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty | Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany – World Premiere
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway – Canadian Premiere
Hold Your Fire Stefan Forbes | USA – World Premiere
Listening to Kenny G Penny Lane | USA – World Premiere
Oscar Peterson: Black + White Barry Avrich | Canada – World Premiere
The Rescue E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA/United Kingdom – International Premiere
Three Minutes – A Lengthening Bianca Stigter | Netherlands/United Kingdom – Canadian Premiere
Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace Heather Hatch | Canada – World Premiere

Futura Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher | Italy – North American Premiere
The Girl and the Spider Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher | Switzerland – North American Premiere
Neptune Frost Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman | Rwanda/USA – NA Premiere – Wavelengths Opening Film
A Night of Knowing Nothing Payal Kapadia | India/France – International Premiere
Ste. Anne Rhayne Vermette | Canada – North American Premiere
The Tsugua Diaries Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes | Portugal – North American Premiere

The Capacity for Adequate Anger Vika Kirchenbauer | Germany – World Premiere
Dear Chantal Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Spain – International Premiere
earthearthearth Daïchi Saïto | Canada – North American Premiere
Inner Outer Space Laida Lertxundi | Spain – North American Premiere
Polycephaly in D Michael Robinson | USA – World Premiere
“The red filter is withdrawn.” Minjung Kim | South Korea – North American Premiere
Train Again Peter Tscherkassky | Austria – North American Premiere

After Blue (Dirty Paradise) Bertrand Mandico | France – North American Premiere
DASHCAM Rob Savage | United Kingdom/USA – World Premiere
Saloum Jean Luc Herbulot | Senegal – World Premiere
Titane Julia Ducournau | France – North American Premiere – Midnight Madness Opening Film –
You Are Not My Mother Kate Dolan | Ireland – World Premiere
Zalava Arsalan Amiri | Iran – North American Premiere

Ahed’s Knee (Ha’berech) Nadav Lapid | Israel/France/Germany – North American Premiere
The Box Lorenzo Vigas | USA/Mexico – NA Premiere (previously announced in Contemporary World Cinema)
France Bruno Dumont | France/Germany/Italy/Belgium – North American Premiere
Where Is Anne Frank? Ari Folman – North American Premiere

7 Prisoners (7 Prisioneiros) Alexandre Moratto | Brazil – North American Premiere
Compartment No. 6 Juho Kuosmanen | Finland/Germany/Estonia/Russia – North American Premiere
The Gravedigger’s Wife Khadar Ayderus Ahmed | France/Somalia/Germany/Finland – North American Premiere
Jockey Clint Bentley | USA – International Premiere
Small Body Laura Samani | Italy/France/Slovenia – North American Premiere
True Things Harry Wootliff | United Kingdom – North American Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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