Toronto’s jumpy pix

German entries sign on to Midnight Madness

TORONTO — Midnight Madness, the 23rd Toronto Int’l Film Festival’s salute to wacky and noteworthy filmmaking from around the world, is celebrating its 10th birthday with a slate of nine films.

This year’s pics include Paul McGuigan’s “The Acid House,” adapted from Irvine Welsh’s short stories, Marco and Mauro La Villa’s “Hang the DJ” and Arlis Iliopulos’s “I Woke Up Early the Day I Died.”

But Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes said aficionados of weird might want to take a special look at two entries from Germany this year, which he called “films that will make you scream and films that will make you jump.” They are “Cascadeur — The Amber Chamber” by Hardy Martins, which is like a German Jackie Chan film, and the werewolf thriller “Night Time” from Thomas Kromer.

Added to the fest’s regular program is Gianni Amelio’s “The Way We Laughed.” The pic also will unspool next week during the Venice Film Festival.

North American preem

The Toronto fest-showing marks the North American premiere for the film, which stars Enrico Lo Verso, Francesco Giuffrida, Fabrizio Gifuni and Rosaria Danze. The film tells the story of two brothers who come into conflict when one’s hopes of becoming literate are dashed by the other, with tragic consequences.

“The Way We Laughed” is a Cecchi Gori Group-Tiger/Pacific Production. In addition to directing, Amelio also wrote the screenplay.

The Toronto fest runs Sept. 10-19.

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