Toronto film festival adds titles

Bruce McDonald's 'Pontypool' among films screening

TORONTO -- Canadian director Bruce McDonald's zombie film "Pontypool," Warren Sonoda's "Coopers' Camera" and Justin Simms' "Down to the Dirt" are among the titles locked for the Canadian lineup the Toronto International Film Festival will reveal Tuesday.

Another entry is Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness," the Canadian/Brazil/Japanese co-production that opened the recent Cannes film festival.

McDonald's "Pontypool," a horror film about a deadly virus that infects a small Ontario town as locals speak, stars Stephen McHattie ("300") and is the director's first movie since the Ellen Page starrer "The Tracey Fragments."

Producer Darius Films on Monday confirmed that Sonoda's "Cooper's Camera" and Simms' "Down to the Dirt" also are Toronto-bound.

Quebec films considered likely to screen in Toronto include Denis Villeneuve's "Next Floor" and David Coquard-Dassault's "L'Ondee."

Toronto already has reserved a slot for Atom Egoyan's "Adoration," which also screened in Cannes, while Paul Gross' epic war drama "Passchendaele" will open the festival Sept. 4.