WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/6/2021

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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

FILM FESTIVALS(Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, satellite screenings throughout Canada, & online, Sep. 9-18):

TIFF has risen from a scrappy underdog to an awards-season kingmaker (this year, they host the Dune debut). As their profile has risen, the number of smaller, weirder films debuting here has fallen. Still, the slate is so massive that something strange can always be found there.

The selections for the Midnight and Wavelengths (experimental films) sections were released this past week, so the announcements for TIFF are essentially complete (shorts and exact screening dates have yet to be named). We’re ready to run down what we’ll be keeping an eye out for.

  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise) – An “erotic sci-fi acid western” from the director of The Wild Boys. Screening in the Midnight section.
  • Inu-Oh – We have heard few details on ‘s latest, but it involves a deformed boy who grows beautiful (and famous) with the help of a blind musician friend. It will be distributed by GKids.
  • Last Night in Soho – The debut of ‘s highly-anticipated psychological thriller Star described as “a really well-directed acid trip.”
  • Neptune Frost – Hard to describe yet intriguing: it’s a Rwandan sci-fi musical about a romance between an intersex hacker and a miner. In Wavelengths.
  • Titane – We were intrigued by the idea of s Raw followup, but with no plot details or trailer we were unsure whether it would qualify as weird; after reading reports of its Palme D’or winning Cannes debut, we’re now convinced it’s worth a look.

TIFF official home page.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Annette: returns with a musical (words and music by Sparks) wherein and give birth to a daughter with mysterious powers. One critic used the w-word to describe it, but we’ve more commonly seen descriptors like “over-the-top,” “unusual,” and “loopy.” At select theaters this week, hopefully expanding soon. Annette Amazon site (in theaters now, streaming from 8/20).

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week, we welcome Cleveland’s Cinematheque to that list with tonight’s screening of After Hours (1986), along with the return of Manhattan’s Film at Lincoln Center, who hosts rare screenings of The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) on 8/10 and 8/12. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, like the ones below:

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Join us tomorrow night (Saturday August 7) at 10:15 PM ET for our latest weird Netflix party, Homonculus (2021). As always, the link to join will appear here, on Facebook, or on Twitter around 10 PM ET.

And in reviews next week, Giles Edwards will dare the dreamy drama The Waiting Mare (2020) before slipping into more coverage with the Japanese time travel tale Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes. also plans to get into the Fantasia game with a look at ‘s drama-defying possessed-nun feature Agnes. And more Fantasia reviews might pop up at any moment, so stay tuned. Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

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