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Everything Canadian at TIFF '18

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Aug 1, 2018

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival added another 19 Canadian features and 24 short films to its lineup today.

"Ranging from science fiction to fantasy, myth to documentary, and romance to a dystopic vision of our neighbours to the south, this year’s Canadian films come from every region in the country, stretching from east to west and north to south," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF.


The Grizzlies


Edge of the Knife

TIFF presents the World Premieres of three films that showcase Indigenous talent: Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s Edge of the Knife, the first feature-length film made in Haida, which is classified by UNESCO as an endangered language; Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her, starring renowned Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal; and Miranda de Pencier’s feature directorial debut The Grizzlies, a creative collaboration between De Pencier and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald that tells an inspiring, true story and that was shot on location in MacDonald’s home community in Nunavut.

"The films feature characters who push hard against prescribed boundaries, asking vital questions about the state of the world and the status quo. We are especially excited to have a strong slate of bold and dynamic women-centric stories. Forty percent of the Canadian film slate this year is directed by women," said Danis Goulet, TIFF Canadian Features Programmer.

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A highlight of the festival will be a Special Event World Premiere and tribute showcasing the illuminating documentary Sharkwater Extinction, the final work by the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart.

A long-awaited announcement — a surprise to those who made it out to the Canadian press conference in Toronto today: Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will have its World Premiere at the Festival this September.

The Festival's Canadian short-film selection showcases masterful films that tell stories of complex human relationships and introduce a range of characters facing diverse challenges, from coming to terms with one's own identity to understanding the importance of heritage, family, and the fragility of friendships. Highlights from the Festival’s Canadian short-film selection include new works by Amanda Strong, Caroline Monnet, Guy Maddin, Sofia Bohdanowicz, Celia Perrin Sidarous, and Lina Rodriguez.

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Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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For the eighth year, the TIFF Rising Stars programme returns with a diverse crop of participants. This year’s Canadian lineup consists of Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson (The Hate U Give), Michaela Kurimsky (Firecrackers), and Jess Salgueiro (MOUTHPIECE).

"Hungry, new talent is the lifeblood of this industry," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. "This year’s group are some of the most captivating, charismatic, and promising young Canadian talents Rising Stars has ever seen, so it’s no surprise they’re featured in some of the Festival’s most highly anticipated films. They are the ones to watch."

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Ticket packages are now on sale.

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Norman Norman

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*Animal Behaviour *

Canadian feature films screening as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival include:


Anthropocene | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, Canada
World Premiere

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan | Xavier Dolan, Canada
World Premiere

The Fall of the American Empire | Denys Arcand, Canada
Toronto Premiere

The Grizzlies | Miranda de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere


Sharkwater Extinction | Rob Stewart, Canada
World Premiere

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Carmine Street Guitars


What Is Democracy?


Carmine Street Guitars | Ron Mann, Canada
North American Premiere

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz | Barry Avrich, Canada
World Premiere

What is Democracy? | Astra Taylor, Canada
North American Premiere


Clara | Akash Sherman, Canada
World Premiere

Edge of the Knife | Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown, Canada
World Premiere

Firecrackers | Jasmin Mozaffari, Canada
World Premiere

Freaks | Zach Lipovsky, Adam Stein, Canada
World Premiere




Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin


Falls Around Her | Darlene Naponse, Canada
World Premiere

The Fireflies Are Gone | Sébastien Pilote, Canada
North American Premiere

The Great Darkened Days | Maxime Giroux, Canada
World Premiere

Kingsway | Bruce Sweeney, Canada
World Premiere

Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin | Renée Beaulieu, Canada
World Premiere

Splinters | Thom Fitzgerald, Canada
World Premiere

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Falls Around Her

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Fausto | Andrea Bussmann, Canada/Mexico
North American Premiere

The Stone Speakers | Igor Drljača, Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina
World Premiere

Previously announced Canadian features at the Festival include Keith Behrman’s Giant Little Ones (Special Presentation), Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project (Special Presentation), Patricia Rozema’s MOUTHPIECE (Opening Special Presentation), and Don McKellar’s Through Black Spruce (Special Presentation).



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Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

Canadian short films screening as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival include:


7A | Zachary Russell, Canada
World Premiere

Accidence | Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada
North American Premiere

Animal Behaviour | Alison Snowden, David Fine, Canada
North American Premiere

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) | Amanda Strong, Canada
World Premiere

Brotherhood (Ikhwène) | Meryam Joobeurn, Tunisia/Canada
World Premiere

Caroni | Ian Harnarine, Canada/Trinidad and Tobago/USA
World Premiere

Dziadzio | Aaron Ries, Canada
World Premiere

Emptying the Tank | Caroline Monnet, Canada
World Premiere

EXIT | Claire Edmondson, Canada/USA
World Premiere

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*Emptying the Tank *


Good Boy

Fauve | Jérémy Comte, Canada
Toronto Premiere

GIRLFRIENDS (AMIES) | Marie Davignon, Canada
World Premiere

Glitter's Wild Women | Roney, Canada
World Premiere

Good Boy | Fantavious Fritz, Canada
World Premiere

If This Isn't Love (Si ce n'est pas de l'amour) | Luiza Cocora, Canada
World Premiere

Little Waves (Les petites vagues) | Ariane Louis-Seize, Canada
World Premiere

My Boy (Mon Boy) | Sarah Pellerin, Canada
World Premiere

Norman Norman | Sophy Romvari, Canada
World Premiere

Paseo | Matthew Hannam, Canada
World Premiere

The Subject (Le sujet) | Patrick Bouchard, Canada
Toronto Premiere

Veslemøy's Song | Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada
North American Premiere

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Veslemøy's Song


ALTIPLANO | Malena Szlam, Chile/Argentina/Canada
World Premiere

ante mis ojos | Lina Rodriguez, Colombia/Canada
World Premiere

Sira | Rolla Tahir, Canada
World Premiere

Slip | Celia Perrin Sidarous, Canada
Toronto Premiere



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The Subject

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