Toronto: Canadian Film Lineup Showcases Hollywood, Foreign Stars
Ethan Hawke, Ellen Page, Monica Bellucci and Charlotte Rampling are among the cast members in homegrown features that will screen at this year's edition of the festival.
Toronto Film Festival organizers have revealed the Canadian features and documentaries set to screen at the upcoming 40th edition, joining a number of high-profile Hollywood titles announced last week.
The festival will include world premieres in the Special Presentations sidebar for the Ethan Hawke-starrer Born to be Blue, director Robert Budreau's Chet Baker biopic in which the Boyhood star plays the legendary jazz trumpeter, and Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest, which sees Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play sisters in a pic based on Jean Hegland's novel of the same name.
The high-profile sidebar will also debut Guy Edoin's Ville-Marie, a drama set in a Montreal hospital that stars Monica Bellucci, Patrick Hivon and Pascale Bussieres. Toronto organizers earlier announced high-profile screenings at Roy Thomson Hall for Jon Cassar's Forsaken, starring Demi Moore and Donald Sutherland; Paul Gross' Hyena Road, starring Rossif Sutherland; Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys; and Atom Egoyan's Remember, starring Christopher Plummer.
Canadian filmmakers in recent years have filled their movies with Hollywood stars to better their chances of securing foreign financing and sales.
Toronto's Discovery program lineup, also unveiled Wednesday, will include world premieres of Stephen Dunn's Closet Monster, Adam Garnet Jones' Fire Song, Kire Paputts' The Rainbow Kid, Jamie Dagg's River and a North American bow for Andrew Cividino's Sleeping Giant.
Elsewhere, the Contemporary World Cinema program will debut Kazik Radwanski's How Heavy This Hammer, and will give North American premieres to Anne Emond's Our Loved Ones, Phillipe Falardeau's My Internship in Canada and Igor Drljaca's The Waiting Room.
The TIFF Docs sidebar has five world premieres including Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard's Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr, about a child soldier-turned-Gitmo inmate, and Avi Lewis' This Changes Everthing, a film inspired by Naomi Klein's climate change bestseller. Also booked for Toronto debuts are Mina Shum's race relations doc Ninth Floor; Brian Johnson's Al Purdy Was Here, about Canada's unofficial poet laureate; and Welcome to F.L., a portrait of young people in a small Quebec town directed by Genevieve Dulude-De Celles.
The Vanguard sidebar will debut Andre Turpin's Endorphine, while there will be world premieres in the Wavelengths program for Mark Lewis' Invention, Nicolas Pereda's Minotau, and Bring Me The Head of Tim Horton, by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson.
Additional lineup announcements will be made in the coming weeks. The Toronto Film Festival's 40th edition is set to run from Sept. 10 to 20.