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Toronto 2012: Sarah Polley and Brandon Cronenberg Films Added to Lineup

Sarah Polley
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Sarah Polley

The launchpad for homegrown films will see work by returning directors like Xavier Dolan, Michael McGowan and Bernard Emond, and first-timers Kate Melville and Igor Drljaca, screen in September.

TORONTO – The latest films by Sarah Polley, Brandon Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan and Rafael Ouellet are set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival after European launches.

As TIFF programmers unveiled their Canadian lineup Wednesday, Cronenberg’s Antiviral and Dolan’s Laurence Anyways are to unspool in Toronto after Cannes bows, while Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell from the National Film Board of Canada will play here after a Venice bow.

IFC Midnight already snagged the U.S. rights to Antiviral, the first feature from David Cronenberg’s son and a futuristic pic that stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon and Douglas Smith.

And Laurence Anyways, Dolan’s third feature and a love story about a transsexual man’s decade-long struggle to be in love with his female soulmate, debuted in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes.

Elsewhere, Ouellet’s Camion will receive a Toronto premiere at TIFF after earning awards at Karlovy Vary and opening on theatrical release in Quebec on Aug. 17.

Toronto also booked world premieres for a host of French-language titles, including Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah and Bernard Emond’s All That You Possess, as Quebec directors increasingly debut their latest work in Toronto, rather than in their Montreal backyard.

There’s also world premieres for TIFF favorites like Bruce Sweeney with The Crimes of Mike Reckett, Sudz Sutherland and Home Again, which stars Tatyana Ali, Sean Garrity and My Awkward Sexual Adventure, and Michael McGowan’s Still.

Also bowing in Toronto is writer/director Anita Doron’s coming-of-age feature The Lesser Blessed, which stars Benjamin Bratt and portrays a First Nations teenager struggling to cope with a painful past and trying to find his place in the modern world.

Rounding out the Canadian contingent at TIFF are world bows for Jason Buxton’s Blackbird, Igor Drljaca’s Krivina, about a road trip to Bosnia, and Kate Melville’s directorial debut, Picture Day, which stars Tatiana Maslany and Spencer Van Wyck.

Toronto earlier announced plans to give Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children and Ruba Nadda’s Inescapable red carpet treatment with world premieres at Roy Thomson Hall.

And TIFF unveiled another 44 Canadian short films to screen next month as part of the Short Cuts sidebar, to include Charles Officer’s 100 Musicians, Danis Goulet’s Barefoot, Nik Sexton’s How to be Deadly, and Martin Thibaudeau’s Reflexions.

TIFF programmers will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks ahead of the festival's Sept. 6-16 run.