TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Ryûhei Kitamura

The Toronto International Film Festival  (TIFF) has the unique distinction of both celebrating new filmmakers as well as being the traditional platform to kick off established Hollywood’s seemingly endless awards season. As an attendee in 2017 you can take in major releases like George Clooney’s Suburbicon (good luck getting a ticket) as well as edgier fare such as the 20 year old Midnight Madness program that has a reputation for mixing genres and styles by emerging and slightly more established artists.

New Machine’s Ana Stefanovic writes about the 11 filmmakers being showcased as part of the Midnight Madness section, with this article featuring James Franco (pictured).

TIFF runs from September 7 to 17. Click here for the full lineup.

Ryûhei Kitamura – Downrange

Country: USA
Synopsis: Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper.

Japanese horror director Ryûhei Kitamura is screening his latest film Downrange. Ryûhei is from Osaka but studied at the School of Visual Arts in Sydney, Australia. His credits include as The Midnight Meat Train (2008), Versus (2000), Aragami (2003) and Godzilla Final Wars (2004). Versus won Best Director at Fantafestival in 2001. The action/horror Aragami won the Silver Raven at Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) in 2003. The horror mystery The Midnight Meat Train was nominated for the Fright Meter Award for Best Horror Movie, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Makeup at Fright Meter Awards in 2008.

See Ryûhei’s full list of credits on IMDB.

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