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Toa Fraser’s special presentation The Dead Lands gets some Kiwi company for the trip with the announcement of What We Do in the Shadows named in the festival’s Midnight Madness section.


What We Do in the Shadows

Sion Sono, whose Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is presently playing in the NZIFF, will premiere his Tokyo Tribe based on a “hip-hop-inspired manga comic”.

Australian Mark Hartley’s Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, which premieres at Melbourne’s MIFF this weekend, is also named in Midnight Madness. Hartley brought his Machete Maidens Unleashedto Doc Edge in 2011.

Across the other announcements today, for the Masters, TIFF Docs and Vanguard programme strands, there are a number of titles currently here in the NZIFF but no more direct Kiwi interest.

Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu will all play.

TIFF runs 4 – 14 September. The titles announced for Masters, Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs and Vanguard are:

[REC] 4: Apocalypse, Jaume Balaguero, Spain, World Premiere
Big Game, Jalmari Heleander, Finland-U.K.-Germany, World Premiere
Cub, Jonas Govaerts, Belgium, World Premiere
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, Mark Hartley, Australia, International Premiere
It Follows, David Robert Mitchell, U.S., North American Premiere
The Guest, Adam Wingard, U.S., Canadian Premiere
Tokyo Tribe, Sion Sono, Japan, International Premiere
Tusk, Kevin Smith, U.S., World Premiere
What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, New Zealand-U.S., Canadian Premiere

1,001 Grams, Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France World Premiere
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany, North American Premiere
The Face of an Angel, Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Golden Era, Ann Hui, China-Hong Kong, North American Premiere
Goodbye to Language 3D, Jean-Luc Godard, France, North American Premiere
Hill of Freedom, Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, North American Premiere
Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Canadian Premiere
Revivre, Im Kwon-taek, South Korea, North American Premiere
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako, France-Mauritania-Mali, North American Premiere

Beats of the Antonov, Hajooj Kuka, Sudan-South Africa, World Premiere
I Am Here, Fan Lixin, China, International Premiere
Iraqi Odyssey, Samir, Iraq-Switzerland-Germany-United Arab Emirates, World Premiere
Merchants of Doubt, Robert Kenner, U.S., Canadian Premiere
National Diploma, Dieudo Hamadi, France-Congo, North American Premiere
National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman, France-U.S., North American Premiere
Natural Resistance, Jonathan Nossiter, Italy-France, North American Premiere
Red Army, Gabe Polsky, U.S.-Russia, Canadian Premiere
Seymour: An Introduction, Ethan Hawke, U.S., International Premiere
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syria/France, North American Premiere
Sunshine Superman, Marah Strauch, U.S.-Norway-U.K., World Premiere
Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Nick Broomfield, U.S.-United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finland-U.K., Canadian Premiere
This Is My Land, Tamara Erde, France, World Premiere
The Yes Men Are Revolting, Laura Nix and the Yes Men, U.S., World Premiere

Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland, U.K., World Premiere
Goodnight Mommy, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria, North American Premiere
Hyena, Gerard Johnson, U.K., International Premiere
Luna, Dave McKean, U.K., World Premiere
Over Your Dead Body, Takashi Miike, Japan, International Premiere
Shrew’s Nest, Juanfer Andres and Esteban Roel, Spain, World Premiere
Spring, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, U.S., World Premiere
They Have Escaped, JP Valkeapaa, Finland, North American Premiere
Waste Land, Pieter Van Hees, Belgium, World Premiere
The World of Kanako, Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan, International Premiere

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