TIFF15: Vanguard Highlights

While Midnight Madnass is reserved for the crowd-pleasing genre films, Vanguard has emerged over the last few years to feature films for a more mature mind.  Not all of these films are as easy to digest as Midnight Madness, but they are just as, if not more, intriguing.

Here are my highlights from this year’s Vanguard line-up (not including the films already mentioned in the Canadian Film Highlights):

Collective Invention – Kwon Oh-kwang, South Korea (World Premiere)
I’m just interested in this because it includes a fishman

Demon – Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel (World Premiere)
Sometimes a title is all I need to be interested in a film. This possession story is an example of that.

February – Osgood Perkins, USA/Canada (World Premiere)
The premise of this film, in which girls at a prep school are tormented by an evil force, sounds quite reminiscent of The Shining.

Lace Crater – Harrison Atkins, USA (World Premiere)
Remember when It Follows was described as being about a sexually transmitted haunting? Well, this film is about a girl, who gets an STD from a ghost. I’m sold.

Love – Gaspar Noé, France (North American Premiere)
With Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) being no stranger to pushing the envelope, this sexually explicit 3D film (you read that right) is almost guaranteed to polarize audiences.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).