Canadian content at the Toronto International Film Festival will include new movies from two rising young directors and a mysterious documentary by filmmaker Sarah Polley, TIFF announced Wednesday.
The festival unveiled its Canadian lineup at a Toronto press conference; it includes Laurence Anyways, a sex-change drama by Xavier Dolan, the young Montreal director whose J’ai tué ma mère and Les amours imaginaires were both named Top 10 Canadian films by TIFF in previous years. It also includes Antiviral, a horror film about a movie star and a killer virus created by Brandon Cronenberg, son of director David Cronenberg.
The festival will also host the North American premiere of Polley’s Stories We Tell, a film in which different members of a story-telling family provide contradictory answers about their past to the inquisitive director. The film was funded by a documentary program at the National Film Board but the producers have been close-lipped about its content, describing it in press material as “genre-twisting,” while leaving open the question of whether the people on screen are being played by actors and whether the family is Polley’s own.
Other Canadian films include Still by Michael McGowan (Score: the Hockey Musical, One Week), a drama starring Geneviève Bujold about a New Brunswick man who funs afoul of the law while trying to build a better home for his ailing wife and Home Again by Sudz Sutherland (Love, Sex and Eating the Bones), a drama about three foreign-born Jamaicans deported back to a country they have never seen.
Previously, TIFF had announced that two films by Canadian directors will be featured at gala screenings: they are Ruba Nadda's Inescapable, about a father searching for his missing daughter in Damascus, and Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Midnight's Children, the novel by Salman Rushdie.