The lineup for this year’s 32nd Toronto International Film Festival (damn, it’s almost time for TIFF’s midlife crisis!) is slowly starting to take shape with the announcement of the Canadian films.
Some were completely expected. Like the new David Cronenberg mob thriller - although it will never be as simple as a mob thriller in Croney’s devilish hands - Eastern Promises. It promises, well, again it’s Cronenberg, so who knows what it promises. Following his triumphant A History of Violence, Eastern Promises is definitely not to be missed. And it’s got Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in it, to boot.
Also no surprise is Denys Arcand's L’Âge des Ténebres Days of Darkness) starring Marc Labrèche and the previously announced opening gala Fugitive Pieces by Jeremy Podeswa.
And will there be a better title at this year’s TIFF than Young People F*ucking? A rom-com (could it be anything else?), it opens the
The Canada First! program.
Also worth keeping an eye on (of course, I’m recommending these strictly based on the talent involved, as I won’t be setting my greedy little eyeballs on them for a few weeks yet) are Special Presentations titles like My Winnipeg, from out-there auteur Guy Maddin, Clement Virgo's Poor Boy's Game, which won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition in 2001, Silk by François Girard, and Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands With the Devil.
Over in the Contemporary World Cinema program you’ll find Leonard Farlinger's All Hat, Bruce Sweeney's American Venus, Laurie Lynd's Breakfast With Scot, Bernard Émond's Contre Toute Esperance, Carl Bessai's Normal Denis Côté's Nos Vies Privées, Kari Skogland's The Stone Angel, and Allan Moyle's Weirdsville.
Meanwhile, on the doc side, Real to Reel includes Peter Raymont's A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti's Heavy Metal in Bagdhadm and John Zaritsky's The Wild Horse Redemption.
Of course, with 300-odd films (among them likely some very odd films) in the festival, this is just the tip of the celluloid iceberg.
So keep checking back on the NOW blog as I and the other film writers update you as best we can about what to expect at TIFF.