TIFF 2022: Discovery, Midnight Madness, and Wavelengths Lineups


The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled the Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths lineups.

The newest TIFF lineup selections account for 54 titles from filmmakers representing 26 countries.

“For TIFF audiences in the know, the Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths programmes are where you’re rewarded for taking risks and being adventurous,” offered Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “Whether it’s the discovery of an audacious new auteur, a brilliant visionary work that reimagines storytelling or the most wicked cinematic experience you will ever have, this is where you will find it.”


“TIFF’s Discovery program is a showcase of cinema and talent from around the world — a place to unearth work that is bold, distinctive, and, above all, passionate,” said Dorota Lech, Discovery Lead and International Programmer, TIFF. “The section has a rich history of championing the first and second features of visionary filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Julie Dash, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ildikó Enyedi, Jafar Panahi, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Steve McQueen, Michael Haneke, Christopher Nolan, Lav Diaz, Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuarón, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Warwick Thornton, Maren Ade, Joachim Trier, David Gordon Green, Pablo Larraín, Valeska Grisebach, and Jean-Marc Vallée, to name just a handful. This year’s robust program offers 24 films that shook us to the core, filled us with joy, broke our hearts, and, most importantly, reminded us that the future is bright.”

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Aitch Alberto | USA, World Premiere
  • Baby Ruby Bess Wohl | USA, World Premiere
  • Carmen Benjamin Millepied | Australia, France, World Premiere
  • Daughter of Rage (La Hija de todas las Rabias) Laura Baumeister | Nicaragua, World Premiere
  • A Gaza Weekend Basil Khalil | United Kingdom, Palestine, World Premiere
  • I Like Movies Chandler Levack | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • The Inspection Elegance Bratton | USA, World Premiere (Discovery Opening Night Film)
  • Long Break Davit Pirtskhalava | Georgia, World Premiere
  • Pussy Joseph Amenta | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • Return to Seoul Davy Chou | South Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, International Premiere
  • ROSIE Gail Maurice | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • Runner Marian Mathias | USA, France, Germany, World Premiere
  • SHIMONI Angela Wanjiku Wamai | Kenya, World Premiere
  • Snow and the Bear Selcen Ergun | Turkey, Germany, Serbia, World Premiere
  • Something You Said Last Night Luis De Filippis | Canada, Switzerland 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • Susie Searches Sophie Kargman | USA, World Premiere
  • Sweet As Jub Clerc | Australia, International Premiere
  • The Taste of Apples is Red Ehab Tarabieh | Israel, Germany, World Premiere
  • This Place V.T. Nayani | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • Unruly (Ustyrlig) Malou Reymann | Denmark, World Premiere
  • Until Branches Bend Sophie Jarvis | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • When Morning Comes Kelly Fyffe-Marshall | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • The Young Arsonists Sheila Pye | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere

*** An additional title to be confirmed at a later date.



“I am thrilled to announce that Midnight Madness has returned to its traditional 10-film configuration and has a new home at the Royal Alexandra Theatre,” said section curator Peter Kuplowsky. “I also couldn’t have hoped for a more appropriate Opening Night film than Weird: The Al Yankovic Story — a beautifully deranged ‘biopic’ made in the great Midnight movie tradition of challenging conventions and forging one’s own path, no matter how weird.”

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as music and comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic, the film leads a gonzo Midnight Madness lineup that includes a double dose of gore-filled action (Sisu and Project Wolf Hunting), two wildly surprising new instalments to iconic horror films (Pearl and V/H/S 99), some magnificently meta genre comedies (The BlackeningThe People’s Joker, and Leonor Will Never Die), and a few killer creative horror team-ups (John Hyams and Kevin Williamson’s Sick, Jaume Balagueró and Álex de la Iglesia’s Venus).

Concluding, Kuplowsky added: “This year, fans of the weird and the wicked will be spending most of their TIFF living in a Midnight Madness paradise.”

  • The Blackening Tim Story | USA, World Premiere
  • Leonor Will Never Die Martika Ramirez Escobar | Philippines, Canadian Premiere (Midnight Madness Closing Night Film)
  • Pearl Ti West | USA, North American Premiere
  • The People’s Joker Vera Drew | USA, World Premiere
  • Project Wolf Hunting Kim Hongsun | South Korea, World Premiere
  • Sick John Hyams | USA, World Premiere
  • Sisu Jalmari Helander | Finland, World Premiere
  • Venus Jaume Balagueró | Spain, World Premiere
  • V/H/S 99 Flying Lotus, Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Vanessa & Joseph Winter | USA, World Premiere
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Eric Appel | USA, World Premiere (Midnight Madness Opening Night Film)


“The selections in this year’s Wavelengths lineup reimagine the possibilities of cinema in ways both inspiring and rejuvenating,” said Senior Curator Andréa Picard. “The program itself continues to champion film as art in a climate increasingly challenging for non-commercial and non-conforming work. The filmmakers and artists in this year’s edition expand the language of film and video, employing narrative, documentary, hybrid, and formalist approaches to assert film’s status as an autonomous art form and the cinema itself as an essential, communal experience.”

Showcasing a mix of established auteurs, celebrated visual artists, and emerging filmmakers, this year’s Wavelengths presents eight features, two shorts programs, and an exhibition, placing timeless, durational works alongside projects of the utmost contemporary urgency — each political by nature of its very existence and, by extension, resistance. Additionally, we are honored to present a number of important moving-image works from recent gallery and museum exhibitions in the cinema, including an exceptional theatrical screening of Tacita Dean’s latest 16mm film, Fata Morgana. Another of this year’s highlights includes the first Canadian solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani in an exciting partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation. Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS will be exhibited free to the public at The Power Plant from September 9 through 18.


  • Concrete Valley Antoine Bourges | Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • De Humani Corporis Fabrica Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor | France, Switzerland, North American Premiere
  • Dry Ground Burning (Mato Seco em Chamas) Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós | Portugal, Brazil, North American Premiere
  • Horse Opera Moyra Davey | USA, Festival Premiere
  • Pacifiction Albert Serra | France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, North American Premiere
  • Queens of the Qing Dynasty Ashley McKenzie | Canada 🇨🇦, North American Premiere
  • Unrest (Unrueh) Cyril Schäublin | Switzerland, North American Premiere
  • Will-o’-the-Wisp (Fogo-Fátuo) João Pedro Rodrigues | Portugal, France, North American Premiere


  • After Work Céline Condorelli, Ben Rivers | United Kingdom, North American Premiere
  • Bigger on the Inside Angelo Madsen Minax | USA, World Premiere
  • EVENTIDE Sharon Lockhart | USA, World Premiere
  • F1ghting Looks Different 2 Me Now Fox Maxy | Mesa Grande Reservation/USA, Festival Premiere
  • Fata Morgana Tacita Dean | United Kingdom, USA, Festival Premiere
  • Hors-titre Wiame Haddad | France, North American Premiere
  • I Thought the World of You Kurt Walker | Canada 🇨🇦, North American Premiere
  • Moonrise Vincent Grenier | USA, Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • The Newest Olds Pablo Mazzolo | Argentina, Canada 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • Puerta a Puerta Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luis Arnías | Mexico, USA, Venezuela, International Premiere
  • The Time That Separates Us Parastoo Anoushahpour | Canada, Jordan, Palestine 🇨🇦, World Premiere
  • What Rules the Invisible Tiffany Sia | USA, North American Premiere


Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS (2022) and 2 Lizards (2020)

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, September 9–18, Free AdmissionPresented in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation.

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 8-18, 2022.

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Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.