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TIFF ’11: New Films, Images Added: ‘Awakening,’ ‘Intruders,’ ‘Trespass,’ ‘Juan of the Dead’ and ‘Extraterreste’

I think I’m having a brain hemorrhage as I just finishing sifting through the hundreds of newly added titles joining the Toronto International Film Festival from September 8-18. I thought we were done, but apparently the fest wanted to add another impressive handful of films turning this festival into the most epic event in the past decade.

Inside you’ll find all of the newly announced titles, along with accompanying hi-res imagery, while you’ll find the COMPLETE list of genre films by clicking here. If the “Midnight Madness” portion wasn’t already enough, are you ready for Juan of the Dead, Moth Diaries, Intruders, Extraterreste, The Awakening, Trespass, 388 Arletta Avenue and more!!!

TIFF 2011

Monsters Club

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda, Japan (World Premiere)
Starring: Eita and Yôsuke Kubozuka

Having abandoned modern civilization, Ryoichi lives an isolated, self-sufficient life on a snow-covered mountain and passes the time by sending mail bombs to corporate CEOs. But one day, a mysterious creature appears before him.

Juan of the Dead

Director: Alejandro Brugués, Spain/Cuba
Starring: Andrea Duro, Luis Alberto García and Jorge Molina

The zombie world has yet to witness one last stand – Cuba. An outbreak hits the island on the anniversary of the revolution, so Juan and his friends set out to conquer the undead who, according to government reports, are unruly Americans continuing their quest of undermining the regime.

The Awakening

Director: Nick Murphy
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton

Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is on a mission to expose all séances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to a boys’ boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, she is gradually forced to confront her skepticism in the most terrifying way, shaking her scientific convictions and her sense of self to the very core. Haunting and moving in equal measure, The Awakening is a sophisticated psychological/supernatural thriller in the tradition of The Others and The Orphanage, but with its own unique and thrilling twist. Starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.


Director: Joel Schumacher, USA (World Premiere)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato

What happens when a man with everything – a beautiful wife, a teenage daughter and a wealthy estate – is confronted with the reality of losing it all? That is what Kyle Miller must come to terms with as he and his family become the victims of a vicious home invasion. Starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.


Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Spain (World Premiere)
Starring: Clive Owen, Daniel Brühl, Carice Van Houten, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox

Juan and Mia, two children who live in different countries, are visited every night by a faceless intruder – a terrifying being that wants to get hold of them. These presences become more powerful and start ruling their lives as well as their families’. Anxiety and tension increase when their parents also witness these apparitions. Starring Clive Owen.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán, Raúl Cimas, Miguel Noguera

Julio and Julia don’t know each other, but they wake up in the same bed horribly hungover and with no memory of the night before. He falls in love with her almost immediately – she does not. The last thing they expect to discover is that an alien invasion has taken place. Vigalondo melds science fiction, romance and black comedy in his latest feature about the darkly fascinating aspects of the human psyche.

388 Arletta Avenue

Director: Randall Cole
Starring: Nick Stahl, Mia Kirshner, Devon Sawa

Seen entirely from the point of view of hand-held and surveillance cameras, 388 Arletta Avenue tells the story of a couple, Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, who do not realize they are being watched. The watching becomes a subtle manipulation which ultimately escalates into a deadly cat-and-mouse game.

The Moth Diaries

Director: Mary Harron
Starring: Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger

At an exclusive girls’ boarding school, a sixteen-year-old girl records her most intimate thoughts in a diary. The object of her growing obsession is her roommate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy’s friendship with their new and disturbing classmate. Ernessa is a mysterious, moody presence with pale skin and hypnotic eyes. Around her swirl dark rumors, suspicions, and secrets as well as a series of ominous disasters. As fear spreads through the school, fantasy and reality mingle. What is true and what is dreamed bleed together into a waking nightmare of gothic menace, fueled by the anxieties, lusts, and fears of adolescence.



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