'My Suicide' to play Toronto Sprockets fest

Winner of best feature in Berlin's youth film section

TORONTO -- The Berlin award-winning teen dramedy "My Suicide" from U.S. director David Lee Miller is to unspool at the upcoming Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival For Children, organizers said Tuesday.

The Gabriel Sunday-starring film about a high school teen making a video project about his own suicide recently won the best feature film prize in Berlin's youth film section Generation 14plus (HR, Feb. 13).

Sprockets also booked Neil Diamond's "Reel Injun," a Canadian documentary about inaccurate portrayals of native peoples in Hollywood films.

But elsewhere, there's an international flavor to Sprockets' 13th edition, with 27 features and 41 shorts from 23 countries and in 20 languages on offer.

As in past years, the Toronto event aligned with the Toronto International Film Festival will look to widen young film tastes beyond Pixar and Disney by featuring mostly European films in its features sidebar, including Norwegian director Asleik Engmark's "Twigson," "The Indian" from Dutch director Ineke Houtman, and Hermine Huntgeburth's "Bibi Blocksberg" from Germany.

Other Scandinavian features bound for Toronto include the Danish films "Storm," by Giacomo Campeotto, "Max Embarrassing," adapted by director Lotte Svendsen from the successful Danish TV series, and Rene Bo Hansen's "The Eagle Hunter's Son."

Sprockets has also programmed from Spain "Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime" from Jesus del Cerro, Jose Corbacho and Juan Cruz' "Cowards," and French director Laurent Tirard's "Le Petit Nicolas."

Sprockets is set to run from April 17 to 23 in Toronto.