TIFF 2016 Preview: The Girl With All The Gifts

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TIFF 2016 Preview: The Girl With All The Gifts
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 29, 2016

The Girl With All The Gifts poster

Playing at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is the horror film, ‘The Girl with All the Gifts,’ which is based on M.R. Carey’s best-selling young adult novel.

Directed by Colm McCarthy from a script by Mike Carey, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Anamaria Marinca, Fisayo Akinade, Anthony Welsh, Dominique Tipper and introducing Sennia Nanua.

The near future: humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

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At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by scientist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease, these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel, making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

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The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever-watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks, Dr. Caldwell and two other soldiers (Gallagher and Dillon). Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

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