“The Disaster Artist” screened in March as a work in progress at South by Southwest, where it received a standing ovation. Critics were impressed with Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau in the film about the making of Wiseau’s 2003 so-bad-that-it’s-good film “The Room.” A24 and New Line have given the film an awards-season Dec. 1 release.
The 10-film Midnight Madness section also includes “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter; the world premiere of Brian Taylor’s “Mom and Dad,” starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair; Seth Smith’s “The Crescent”; Ryuhei Kitamura’s action thriller “Downrange”; and U.K. director David Bruckner’s “The Ritual,” with Rafe Spall and Robert James-Collier.
Midnight Madness is also showing Robin Comisar’s “Great Choice,” Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” and “Let the Corpses Tan,” co-directed bybHélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. The section will open with Joseph Kahn’s world premiere of “Bodied” and close with Soichi Umezawa’s “Vampire Clay,” about a demon terrorizing an art school.
The festival, which runs from Sept. 7 to 17, also unveiled its documentary titles with Morgan Spurlock’s sequel to his signature Oscar-nominated fast food film with “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” as he opens his own fast food restaurant. The section will open with Sophie Fiennes’ “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.”
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The documentaries include Netflix’s “One of Us” by “Jesus Camp” co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady about New York City’s Hasidic Jewish community; Brett Morgen’s “Jane,” a portrait of Jane Goodall; and Greg Barker’s “The Final Year,” centered on U.S. foreign policy in U.S. president Barack Obama’s final year in office.
Other titles include Sara Driver’s “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat”; Kate Novack’s “The Gospel According to Andre,” focused on fashion editor Andre Leon Talley; Sam Pollard’s “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”; Matt Tymauer’s “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”; and Jed Rothstein’s “The China Hustle,” an investigation into Wall Street fraud with Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall exec producing.
Lili Fini Zanuck’s “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” will screen in the section along with Chris Smith’s “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – the Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated mention of Tony Clifton.” The closing night film will be “Makala,” which won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes’ Critics Week.