Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Toronto fest gets to know its ABC's

The ABC's of Death, a horror omnibus of 26 segments – one for each letter of the English alphabet – will make its premiere as part of the Midnight Madness program at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Produced by Alamo Drafthouse, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing, The ABC's of Death includes a segment from Shutter and Alone co-director Banjong Pisanthanakun, marking his return to horror, however briefly, after he helmed GTH's hit romantic comedy Hello Stranger.

The Toronto fest will also feature Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mekong Hotel and a short, TMB Panyee FC, about kids living on a tiny Thai island who made their dreams of playing soccer true by building their own floating football pitch. TMB Panyee FC, a five-minute documentary, was commissioned by Thai Military Bank as part of an ad campaign. In Toronto, it's playing as part of "For the Love of ...", a package of soccer movies.

Also Thailand-related is The Impossible, a drama by Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a couple in Phuket searching for their missing children in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16.

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