'Darkness,' 'Promises' on Toronto top 10


TORONTO -- Denys Arcand's "The Age of Darkness" and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" on Tuesday landed on the Toronto International Film Festival's top 10 list of Canadian films for 2007.

Other titles making the Toronto festival cut include Peter Raymont's "A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman," Richie Mehta's "Amal," Martin Gero's "Young People Fucking" and Yung Chang's "Up the Yangtze."

Also turning up on the annual list, which is chosen by a 10-member panel of industry professionals, is Stephane Lafleur's "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil," Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces," Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg" and Bruce McDonald's "The Tracey Fragments."

The Toronto festival list encompasses home-grown films that opened in 2007, or appeared in a Canadian festival.

Toronto also released for the first time a top 10 list of home-grown short films, which includes works by Canadian directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szcerzerbowski, Jeff Barnaby and Cam Christiansen.

"Both the top 10 features and shorts demonstrate the exceptional vitality and the cinematic achievements of our industry," said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.