Entertainment behind the scenes
Forget the weighty films about serious subjects in gorgeous settings by award-winning directors that incorporate a healthy dash of subtitles. The Toronto International Film Festival is near-bursting with those.
What some festival goers live for every year are over-the-top films that celebrate the ridiculous, the shocking and the thrilling. Films like “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman”.
And the best time to soak up something like that? During the witching hour.
The director of “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman“, Wu Ershan — who was on hand for the world premiere — is the first from mainland China to have a film screened at Midnight Madness, a programming event that has become an honored tradition at TIFF for the last 23 years.
This year’s slogan — a spin on the festival’s slogan — sums it up: “10 wild nights, 11 freaky films, tons of tickets.”