Even outside of its famed Midnight Madness selection, the festival is known for introducing audiences to films outside of their comfort zones. Published 6 Oct 2021
Share this While the story does end up meandering in its second part, its final act provides the dark culmination you’ll be waiting for. Upon discovering that the land harbors dark secrets, they enlist the help of a mysterious Deaf woman (Evelyne Ily Juhen) to figure out how to leave their new personal Hell. Thanks to the compositions by Ramin Kousha and wonderful camerawork by Mohammad Rasouli, a persistent eeriness haunts the entire film, affecting you as if you too are involved in the unfolding events. To Kill The Beast
Coming to terms with your sexuality is already hard enough, but what if the threat of a mysterious creature loomed in the background? Saloum
Set against the backdrop of Guinea-Bissau’s 2003 coup d’état in Senegal, director Jean Luc Herbulot spins a twisty tale of folklore and mysticism. Many viewers might have been disappointed that high-profile films such as Dune or Titane were only available for in-person screenings, but this set the perfect stage for international genre movies to make a much-deserved splash for both online and in-person attendees. Four of the best international genre films at TIFF 2021
Mercenaries and demonic encounters – here are some of the most interesting global genre films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.If you are looking for the most kick-ass and boundary-breaking films on the festival circuit, you can never go wrong with the Toronto International Film Festival. Mlungu Wam (Good Madam)
This South African horror satire centers around the reunion between young mother Tsidi (Chumisa Cosa) and her mother, a maid named Mavis (Nosipho Mtebe) who cares for the ailing Diane (Jennifer Boraine). San Martín’s direction elevates it from a simple story to an experience that merges sapphic desire, Gothic aesthetics, and creepy imagery. Immediately, both Tsidi and the audience know that something is sinister within the Madam’s estate, and a malevolent entity has taken control of Mavis for years. Four such films, three of which were helmed by first-time directors, were highlights in an already-promising lineup. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating and inventive look at the lingering effects of Apartheid. This is the idea behind Agustina San Martín’s stunning debut feature. The film maintains a balance between action and horror in an effortlessly stylish way, while the frantic camerawork and impressive digital effects could even make Quentin Tarantino blush. To Kill The Beast centers around the coming-of-age of Emilia (Tamara Rocca) who goes to a town on the Argentinian-Brazilian border to look for her missing brother. Zalava
The combination of science-based skepticism and religious faith go hand-in-hand in Arsalan Amini’s debut feature Zalava. There, she is thrust into a hunt for a mysterious and seductive man who can shapeshift into animals. When a series of demonic encounters terrorizes a village in Kurdistan, doubting officer Masoud (Navid Pourfaraj) finds himself tested by beloved but mysterious exorcist Amardan (Pouria Rahimi Sam). Here are a few of the most unique and daring movies that caused a stir at TIFF this year. Despite the hybrid online and in-person programming approach, this year’s selection of films proved no different. While tensions are appropriately heightened thanks to the eerie cinematography and intense performances, the fact that the film had twelve credited screenwriters shows with its sometimes clumsy dialogue. As anxieties and curiosities heighten, both men’s lives are put into jeopardy. A group of mercenaries called the Hyenas (Yann Gael, Roger Sallah, and Mentor Ba) find themselves stranded on the Sine-Saloum Delta.