Mike Fleming

The 2011 Toronto Film Festival has filled out its fest slate with the genre fare of its Midnight Madness program, and foreign, kidfare and documentary offerings. Among the highlights: the Masters program will unveil the Wim Wenders-directed Pina; the Jafar Panahi- and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb-directed This is Not a Film, about the plight of Panahi as he appealed his six-year prison sentence and 20-year filmmaking ban by the Islamic Republic Court in Tehran; the Werner Herzog-directed murder mystery documentary Into the Abyss; the Morgan Spurlock-directed geek doc Comic-Con: Episodes IV: A Fan’s Hope; Nick Broomfield’s controversial docu Sarah Palin–You Betcha!; and Alex Gibney’s hockey-brawling saga The Last Gladiators.

The Midnight Madness slate taxes the stamina but has become a destination of acquisition executives looking for genre  discoveries. This year, the slate includes the Douglas Aarniokoski-directed apocalyptic thriller The Day; the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed God Bless America, about a possibly terminally ill and disillusioned man who decides to bump off repugnant members of society; the Eduardo Sanches-directed Love Molly, a thriller by the Blair Witch director about a newlywed who can’t shed memories of her nightmarish childhood; the Adam Wingard-directed You’re Next, about a family fighting against invaders during a reunion getaway; the Katsuhito Ishii-directed Smuggler, about a smuggler who runs afoul of a psychotic gangster;  the Julien Maury- and Alexandre Bustillo-directed Livid, about friends who break into a decrepit mansion looking for loot, but finding horror; and the Alexandre Courtes-directed The Incident, in which members of a rock band who moonlight in the kitchen of a high-security asylum fight for their life when the power goes out, the doors open, and the inmates run wild.