Here’s the Canadian content coming to TIFF 2016

Xavier Dolan brings It's Only The End Of The World to Toronto Deepa Mehta's newest looks at gang rape in New Delhi Brigitte Berman to screen biography of Gordon Pinsent

Brigitte Berman, Xavier Dolan, Anne Émond, Anne Marie Fleming, Matt Johnson, Bruce McDonald, Deepa Mehta, Kim Nguyen and Alanis Obomsawin will be among the Canadian filmmakers bringing their work to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today.

In advance of the traditional afternoon press conference at the Fairmont Royal York, TIFF released its Canadian lineup and associated programs.

Émond, whose generational drama Our Loved Ones was hailed at last year’s festival, will launch her new biographical drama Nelly, “inspired by the life and work” of Quebec novelist Nelly Arcan and starring Mylène Mackay, in the festival’s Vanguard program. And Johnson’s Nirvanna The Band The Show will have its world premiere in TIFF’s television-focused Primetime program. (Read our interview with Johnson here.)

Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World, which played to a famously mixed reception at Cannes before winning that festival’s Grand Prix, will have its North American premiere in the Special Presentations program. Also arriving as Special Presentations are Mean Dreams, a thriller from Edwin Boyd director Nathan Morlando Below Her Mouth, a romantic drama from April Mullen (88:88, Farhope Tower) Nguyen’s Two Lovers And A Bear, starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan McDonald’s Weirdos, set in 1976 Nova Scotia and written by Daniel MacIvor, and Fleming’s Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany Of Rosie Ming), an animated feature with the voices of Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.

Mehta’s Anatomy Of Violence, a fictionalization of the 2012 gang rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi, will have its world premiere in the Masters program, as will Obomsawin’s documentary We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, which studies the 2007 discrimination complaint brought against Indian Affairs And Northern Development Canada for underfunded services to First Nations children.

Berman’s The River Of My Dreams, a digitally augmented biography of Gordon Pinsent, will make its world premiere in the TIFF Docs program alongside Nicholas de Pencier’s cyberspace investigation Black Code Hubert Davis’s Giants Of Africa, which looks at Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri’s African basketball project and Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception And The Spirit Of I.F. Stone.

Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs looks at three Toronto public health workers with specific knowledge of the problems they address every day, while Jamie Kastner’s The Skyjacker’s Tale tells the story of Ishmael Muslim Ali, who hijacked a plane to Cuba to escape a murder conviction in 1984. And Dilip Mehta’s Mostly Sunny profiles Sunny Leone, a Sarnia-born Penthouse cover girl who reinvented herself as a Bollywood star.

This year’s Discovery program will host the world premieres of Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer, a drama about a young hockey player (Jared Abrahamson) cast adrift after an act of violence Tony Elliott’s ARQ, a time-loop thriller starring Robbie Amell and Rachael Taylor, and Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf, starring Andrew Gillis and Bhreagh MacNeil as addicts caught in a cycle of misery.

Other films in the program include Johnny Ma’s Old Stone, featuring Chen Gang as a taxi driver trapped in a nightmare of responsibility after a collision Stella Meghie’s family drama Jean Of The Joneses, starring Taylour Paige and Gloria Reuben, and Prank, the feature debut of cinematographer Vincent Biron (Bestiaire, the 2016 TIFF Short Cuts entry Mutant).

Chloé Robichaud’s Boundaries and Juan Andrés Arango’s X Quinientos will make their world premieres in the Contemporary World Cinema program, and TIFF Cinematheque will present Sidney J. Furie’s recently rediscovered A Cool Sound From Hell, a 1959 cautionary tale set in the Toronto beatnik scene.

The festival also named Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse as this year’s Rising Stars honorees. Visit the TIFF site for full details.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 through September 18, 2016. | @normwilner

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