Before Tomorrow, starring co-director Madeline Ivalu and Paul-Dylan Ivalu, paddles onto screens in February.
Next week, NOW's film writers unveil their lists of the year's top 10 movies - and it's going to be bloody. (Hint: some of the same titles get best and worst honours.) In the meantime, juries for the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Toronto International Film Festival Group weighed in this week with their lists. A confession: I was one of 10 people on the TIFFG features jury this year, and I'll write about watching so much great (and not so great) Canadian film in this space next week.
If you're curious, look for Wendy And Lucy in January, Before Tomorrow in February, Pontypool in March, Fifty Dead Men Walking in the spring and Adoration in May. Cinematheque also screens the TIFFG films with intros and Q&A from January 30 to February 7.
The yet-to-be-released Wendy And Lucy and Michelle Williams won big.
Toronto Film Critics Association
BEST PICTURE: Wendy And Lucy
BEST PERFORMANCE, MALE: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
BEST PERFORMANCE, FEMALE: Michelle Williams (Wendy And Lucy)
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, MALE: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, FEMALE: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST DIRECTOR: Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST SCREENPLAY: Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST FIRST FEATURE: Ballast (Lance Hammer)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: WALL*E
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Let The Right One In
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Man On Wire
BEST CANADIAN FILM to be announced in January.
Toronto Film Festival Group
Canada's top 10 features (in alphabetical order):
ADORATION (Atom Egoyan)
BEFORE TOMORROW (Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu)
CE QU'IL FAUT POUR VIVRE (THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE) (Benoît Pilon)
C'EST PAS MOI, JE LE JURE! (IT'S NOT ME, I SWEAR!) (Philippe Falardeau)
FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING (Kari Skogland)
HEAVEN ON EARTH (Deepa Mehta)
LOST SONG (Rodrigue Jean)
MAMAN EST CHEZ LE COIFFEUR (MOMMY IS AT THE HAIRDRESSER'S) (Léa Pool)
LA MÉMOIRE DES ANGES (THE MEMORIES OF ANGELS) (Luc Bourdon)
PONTYPOOL (Bruce McDonald)
Canada's top 10 shorts (in alphabetical order):
LA BATTUE (Guy Édoin)
BLOCK B (Chris Chong Chan Fui)
DRUX FLUX (Theodore Ushev)
GHOSTS AND GRAVEL ROADS (Michael Rollo)
GREEN DOOR (Semi Chellas)
NEXT FLOOR (Denis Villeneuve)
NIKAMOWIN (SONG) (Kevin Lee Burton)
PASSAGES (Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre)
PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD (Kazik Radwanski)
MON NOM EST VICTOR GAZON (Patrick Gazé)