What better place to showcase homegrown Canadian talent than at our country's biggest film festival?
The 2012 Toronto Film Festival announced the Canadian slate of movies today (added to its original announcement of gala movies), and it's an eclectic mix of new and old, with first-time filmmakers mingling with industry veterans. Brandon Cronenberg (yes, son of the acclaimed director David Cronenberg) will be screening his first feature film (Antiviral) at this year's TIFF, along with the likes of Deepa Mehta (Water), who will be sharing her latest film, Midnight's Children.
"Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer at TIFF. "From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year's festival will move audiences."
Big names like Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell), Bruce Sweeney (The Crimes of Mike Recket) and Michael McGowan (Still) will also have movies this year.
Here are some of the Canadian movies set to screen at this year's film festival.
(For a complete lineup, schedule, and all TIFF information, visit the festival's website.)
Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. When he becomes infected with the disease that plagues superstar Hannah Geist, he must unravel the mystery surrounding her before he suffers the same fate.
'Stories We Tell'
Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. She unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a messy, intense and loving tangle of contradictions.
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman, and Shiva, the offspring of wealthy Muslims, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other.
Forced to repeat Grade 12, Claire's reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. At night, she escapes to would-be rock star Jim (aged 33), while at school, she bonds with Henry, a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. Eventually, Claire learns the difference between sex, intimacy and friendship.
Based on true events and boasting a veteran cast, Still is a heartfelt story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker who faces jail time when the government tries to stop him from building a more suitable house for his wife, whose health is beginning to fade.
'I Declare War'
A group of friends play an innocent game of Capture the Flag in the neighbourhood woods. One afternoon, the game takes on a more serious tone and the quest for victory pushes the boundaries of friendship.
One afternoon, on a typical day at work, Adib is confronted with devastating news: His eldest daughter, Muna, has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 30 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her.
In the 1990s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds -- and in spite of each other -- they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the counsel of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend.
Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a child soldier. A tale set in Sub-Saharan Africa, Rebelle is also a love story between two young souls caught in a violent yet beautiful and magical world.