Nick Stahl, Scott Speedman Lead Canadian Movie Lineup at Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival has given Carnivale’s Nick Stahl top billing next month with two Canadian movies: Mike Clattenburg’s Afghan Luke, to screen as part of the Special Presentations sidebar, and Randall Cole’s 388 Arletta Avenue, unspooling in the Contemporary World Cinema section.
As TIFF unveiled its Canadian movie lineup Tuesday, programmers also gave Canuck thesp Scott Speedman center stage with two movies of his own: the true-life drama Edwin Boyd, and the Mary Harron gothic horror picture The Moth Diaries.
Underlining Toronto’s Canadian film credentials along Hollywood heavyweights for its September 8 to 18 run, the festival booked a gala slot at Roy Thomson Hall for the Ken Scott comedy Starbuck.
The French language laugher portrays a 42 year-old teenager, played by Patrick Huard, who discovers he has fathered 533 children by donating sperm to pay the bills.
The North American premiere of Starbuck also stars Antoine Bertrand and Julie le Breton.
Previously announced Canadian galas include David Cronenberg‟s A Dangerous Method and Sarah Polley‟s Take This Waltz.
Toronto’s high-profile Special Presentations sidebar is also to include a world premiere for the Russell Peters-starrer Breakaway from director Robert Lieberman (Mighty Ducks 3).
The Indo-Canadian hockey drama, produced by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and starring Rob Lowe, Vinay Virmani, Camilla Belle and Anupam Kher, is set for a theatrical release on September 30.
And there’s a world premiere for another Canuck hockey drama, Mike Dowse’s Goon, starring Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber, along with Guy Maddin’s Keyhole, a gangster-meets-ghosts drama that stars Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Louis Negin and Brooke Palsson.
Also getting a world bow is the Scott Speedman-starrer Edwin Boyd, a true-life drama from director Nathan Morlando about a Second World War vet and family man turned infamous Toronto bank robber.
Edwin Boyd also stars Kevin Durand, Kelly Reilly, Joseph Cross, Brendan Fletcher, Charlotte Sullivan and Brian Cox.
Toronto booked North American premieres in its Special Presentations programme for Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries, which stars Speedman, Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Judy Parfitt and Sarah Bolger in the Canadian-Irish co-production.
The genre pic gets Harron back onto familiar territory after her 2000 break-out hit American Psycho.
There’s also a North American bow for the Vanessa Paradis-starrer Café de Flore, a time-spanning love story by Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée, who returns to French language filmmaking after the Emily Blunt-starring period movie Young Victoria.
Montreal-based Item7 and Crazyfilms and Paris-based Monkey Pack Films produced Café’ de Flore.
Also getting North American bows in the Special Presentations sidebar is Afghan Luke, by director Mike Clattenburg, and Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar.
Elsewhere, in the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar, there’s a world premiere for Randall Cole’s 388 Arletta Avenue, a thriller viewed entirely from the point-of-view of hand-held and surveillance cameras that stars Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, with Steven Hoban and Splice helmer Vincenzo Natali co-producing.
Other world bows include Barbara Willis-Sweete’s Billy Bishop Goes to War, a stage-to-screen adaptation that stars Eric Peterson and John Gray; Leonard Farlinger’s I’m Yours, which stars Rossif Sutherland and Karine Vanasse; and Carl Bessai’s Sisters & Brothers, starring Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Glee’s Cory Monteith and Gabrielle Miller.
The Masters sidebar will feature Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo 2, while the documentary-based Real to Reel sidebar booked two world premieres for Quebec director Lea Pool’s Pink Ribbons, Inc., and Surviving Progress, by filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.
And the Vanguard programme added world premieres for Ingrid Veninger’s i am a good person/ i am a bad person, a family drama that stars Hallie Switzer, Veninger and Jacob Switzer, and Doppelgänger Paul, by Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand.
Elsewhere, the festival booked seven first features from local directors for its Canada First! sidebar, including Leave It On The Floor, by director Sheldon Larry, which includes 11 original songs by Beyoncé‟s musical director Kim Burse and choreography by Beyoncé choreographer Frank Gatson Jr.
There’s world bows for Anne Emond’s Nuit #1, which stars Catherine De Léan and Dimitri Storoge, Simon Davidson’s The Odds, set in the world of illegal teenage gambling, and The Patron Saints, by directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky.
The Canada First! sidebar will open with a North American premiere of Guy Edoin’s Marécages (Wetlands), a family period drama that stars Pascale Bussières, Luc Picard, François Papineau and Gabriel Maillé.
The Toronto International Film Festival will make additional film lineup announcements in the coming weeks.