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TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Directors Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

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 Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (pictured).

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

Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani – Let The Corpses Tan

Country: Belgium-France

Synopsis: The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun….and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan

About the filmmakers

Married filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are both French-born and Brussels-based. Since 2004, Bruno has been a programmer and presenter for the French sessions program at Cinema Bis/Cinematek in Brussels. In 2014, the couple received a grant from the Communauté Française Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles for the project Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres), a film adaptation of the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, which earned a nomination at Locarno Film Festival this year.

Overall, the filmmaking duo have won major prizes since their short film Santos Palace won the World Cinema Award at Castellinaria International Festival of Young Cinema in 2007, including prizes at Nashville Film Festival, Montreal Festival of New Cinema, Stiges-Catalonian Film Festival and the Sweden Fantastic Film Festival.

See Helene’s and Bruno’s credits on IMDB.

Meet more TIFF Midnight Madness Directors

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Joseph Khan

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director James Franco

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Ryûhei Kitamura

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director S. Craig Zahler

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Brian Taylor

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Robin Comisar