TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Sôichi Umezawa

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 Sôichi Umezawa.

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

Sôichi Umezawa – Vampire Clay

Country: Japan
Synopsis: A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school.

About the filmmaker

Sôichi Umezawa is a Japanese director and master makeup artist. His feature comedy, horror ‘ABCs of Death 2’ (2014) was nominated for an Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014. His 2015 short was about a high-school boy with telekinesis kills himself after being bullied and beaten by his classmates. The boy had been secretly storing his special power in his pet cactus. After the boy’s death, the cactus is passed onto his mother who inherits his power and vows to avenge his death.

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