Toronto: Film Festival Unveils Canadian Lineup

 Paul Chirka

TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday revealed its Canadian lineup, including world premieres for homegrown films by Ruba Nadda, Sturla Gunnarsson and Kyle Thomas.

Away from its Hollywood star-making machine, the September event will debut Nadda's October Gale, which stars Patricia Clarkson and Tim Roth, Gunnarsson's long-awaited feature documentary Monsoon, about India's monsoon season, and Kyle Thomas' The Valley Below, an Alberta badlands drama that stars Stephen Bogaert, Kris Demeanor and Alejandro Rae.

The Special Presentations sidebar also booked world premieres for Charles Biname's The Elephant Song, which stars Xavier Dolan and Bruce Greenwood, and Jacob Tierney's Preggoland, starring Sonja Bennett.

Toronto earlier booked trips up its red carpets for the latest films by Canada's hottest directors, including gala screenings for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, which bowed in Cannes, and Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild, the Reese Witherspoon-starrer set to be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The fest also booked a Toronto soiree for Philippe Falardeau's The Good Lie as part of the Special Presentations section.

As Toronto paused on Wednesday from lifting Hollywood A-listers to award season glory in competition with Telluride and Venice, the September event turned its spotlight on local talent, including giving Deny Arcand's An Eye For Beauty a Toronto premiere after the film was released theatrically in Quebec in May 2014.

There's also a Toronto premiere for Xavier Dolan's Mommy, which shared the Jury Award in Cannes and is set for a September 19 theatrical release in Quebec.

The TIFF Docs section has world bows for Harold Crooks' The Price We Pay, about corporate tax avoidance worldwide, and The Wanted 18, a Canada-Palestine-France co-production from Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan, which follows Israeli soldiers in hot pursuit of 18 cows in the village of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

And the Discovery program has world bows for Jefferson Moneo's Big Muddy, Jordan Canning's We Were Wolves and Albert Shin's In Her Place, a Canada-South Korea co-production that stars Yoon Da Kyung and Ahn Ji Hye.

The Toronto International Film Festival, which is set to make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks, will run from September 4-14.

comments powered by Disqus