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Toronto fest unveils 26 Canadian pix

TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its Canadian slate of 26 features (15 world preems) and 43 shorts on Tuesday.

Special Presentations delivers a hockey double-header with the world preems of Robert Lieberman’s cross-cultural sports dramedy “Breakaway” (distribbed by Alliance in Canada), starring Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and newcomer Vinay Virmani, and Mike Dowse’s (“Fubar II”) hockey-bruiser comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel (also co-scripter with Evan Goldberg).

For the second year running, Scott Speedman lands in two Canuck pics. He stars in Nathan Morlando’s world-preeming “Edwin Boyd” (eOne in Canada), based on the true story of the notorious Canadian bank robber, and supports Lily Cole and Sarah Gadon in “The Moth Diaries,” Mary Harron’s Venice-preeming adaptation of Rachel Klein’s 2002 vampire novel set in an all-girls boarding school.

Guy Maddin’s latest peepshow “Keyhole,” a ghostly gangster tale starring Jason Patric and Maddin’s muse Isabella Rossellini, world preems in Special Presentations, which also unspools the North American preems of “Trailer Park Boys” director Mike Clattenburg’s warzone drama “Afghan Luke” (eOne in Canada, Alliance worldwide), “C.R.A.Z.Y.” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s Vanessa Paradis starrer “Cafe de Flore” (Alliance Vivafilm in Canada, several European territories sold) and Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” (Christal in Canada).

Ken Scott’s “Starbuck” (Christal in Canada), starring Patrick Huard as man who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, gets its North American preem in Galas, joining previously announced Canuck Galas David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Mind” and Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz.”

Contemporary World Cinema world preems four pics — Randall Cole’s surveillance-shaped chiller “388 Arletta Avenue” (eOne, Optimum in the U.K.), starring Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, Barbara Willis-Sweete’s screen adaptation of beloved Canuck musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War,” starring Eric Peterson, Leonard Farlinger’s road move “I’m Yours” (eOne), starring Rossif Sutherland, and “Sisters and Brothers,” marking the sixth straight year Vancouver’s Carl Bessai has preemed a pic in Toronto.

Anne Emond “Nuit #1,” Simon Davidson’s “The Odds” and Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatsky’s “The Patron Saints” world preem in Canada First!. The North American preems of Guy Edoin’s “Wetlands” and Ivan Grbovic’s “Romeo Eleven,” and the Canadian preems of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ “Amy George” and Sheldon Larry’s Sundance-preemer “Leave It On The Floor” round out the program.

Lea Pool’s “Pink Ribbons,” investigating the politics of breast-cancer philanthropy, and Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ “Surviving Progress,” a cinematic riff on Ronald Wright’s bestselling “A Short History of Progress” world preem in Real to Reel.

Vanguard also adds two world preems — Ingrid Veninger’s mother-daughter story “I Am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person” and Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand’s psychological drama “Doppelganger Paul.”

Veteran Toronto director Bruce McDonald’s rock’n’road-trip classic “Hard Core Logo” (1996) screens in Open Vault, and its sequel “Hard Core Logo II” (Alliance) finally bows to local auds in Masters.

Short Cuts Canada showcases a cross-section of domestic talent in quick docus, dramas and animated fare presented in six programs and two pre-feature selections.

On Tuesday the festival also released details of its Canadian awards and jury, Canadian industry initiatives and info on its Producer’s Lab, Talent Lab and Pitch This event.

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

Source: Variety

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Toronto fest unveils 26 Canadian pix

TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its Canadian slate of 26 features (15 world preems) and 43 shorts on Tuesday.

Special Presentations delivers a hockey double-header with the world preems of Robert Lieberman’s cross-cultural sports dramedy “Breakaway” (distribbed by Alliance in Canada), starring Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and newcomer Vinay Virmani, and Mike Dowse’s (“Fubar II”) hockey-bruiser comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel (also co-scripter with Evan Goldberg).

For the second year running, Scott Speedman lands in two Canuck pics. He stars in Nathan Morlando’s world-preeming “Edwin Boyd” (eOne in Canada), based on the true story of the notorious Canadian bank robber, and supports Lily Cole and Sarah Gadon in “The Moth Diaries,” Mary Harron’s Venice-preeming adaptation of Rachel Klein’s 2002 vampire novel set in an all-girls boarding school.

Guy Maddin’s latest peepshow “Keyhole,” a ghostly gangster tale starring Jason Patric and Maddin’s muse Isabella Rossellini, world preems in Special Presentations, which also unspools the North American preems of “Trailer Park Boys” director Mike Clattenburg’s warzone drama “Afghan Luke” (eOne in Canada, Alliance worldwide), “C.R.A.Z.Y.” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s Vanessa Paradis starrer “Cafe de Flore” (Alliance Vivafilm in Canada, several European territories sold) and Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” (Christal in Canada).

Ken Scott’s “Starbuck” (Christal in Canada), starring Patrick Huard as man who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, gets its North American preem in Galas, joining previously announced Canuck Galas David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Mind” and Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz.”

Contemporary World Cinema world preems four pics — Randall Cole’s surveillance-shaped chiller “388 Arletta Avenue” (eOne, Optimum in the U.K.), starring Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, Barbara Willis-Sweete’s screen adaptation of beloved Canuck musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War,” starring Eric Peterson, Leonard Farlinger’s road move “I’m Yours” (eOne), starring Rossif Sutherland, and “Sisters and Brothers,” marking the sixth straight year Vancouver’s Carl Bessai has preemed a pic in Toronto.

Anne Emond “Nuit #1,” Simon Davidson’s “The Odds” and Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatsky’s “The Patron Saints” world preem in Canada First!. The North American preems of Guy Edoin’s “Wetlands” and Ivan Grbovic’s “Romeo Eleven,” and the Canadian preems of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ “Amy George” and Sheldon Larry’s Sundance-preemer “Leave It On The Floor” round out the program.

Lea Pool’s “Pink Ribbons,” investigating the politics of breast-cancer philanthropy, and Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ “Surviving Progress,” a cinematic riff on Ronald Wright’s bestselling “A Short History of Progress” world preem in Real to Reel.

Vanguard also adds two world preems — Ingrid Veninger’s mother-daughter story “I Am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person” and Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand’s psychological drama “Doppelganger Paul.”

Veteran Toronto director Bruce McDonald’s rock’n’road-trip classic “Hard Core Logo” (1996) screens in Open Vault, and its sequel “Hard Core Logo II” (Alliance) finally bows to local auds in Masters.

Short Cuts Canada showcases a cross-section of domestic talent in quick docus, dramas and animated fare presented in six programs and two pre-feature selections.

On Tuesday the festival also released details of its Canadian awards and jury, Canadian industry initiatives and info on its Producer’s Lab, Talent Lab and Pitch This event.

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

Source: Variety

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Toronto fest unveils 26 Canadian pix

TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its Canadian slate of 26 features (15 world preems) and 43 shorts on Tuesday.

Special Presentations delivers a hockey double-header with the world preems of Robert Lieberman’s cross-cultural sports dramedy “Breakaway” (distribbed by Alliance in Canada), starring Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and newcomer Vinay Virmani, and Mike Dowse’s (“Fubar II”) hockey-bruiser comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel (also co-scripter with Evan Goldberg).

For the second year running, Scott Speedman lands in two Canuck pics. He stars in Nathan Morlando’s world-preeming “Edwin Boyd” (eOne in Canada), based on the true story of the notorious Canadian bank robber, and supports Lily Cole and Sarah Gadon in “The Moth Diaries,” Mary Harron’s Venice-preeming adaptation of Rachel Klein’s 2002 vampire novel set in an all-girls boarding school.

Guy Maddin’s latest peepshow “Keyhole,” a ghostly gangster tale starring Jason Patric and Maddin’s muse Isabella Rossellini, world preems in Special Presentations, which also unspools the North American preems of “Trailer Park Boys” director Mike Clattenburg’s warzone drama “Afghan Luke” (eOne in Canada, Alliance worldwide), “C.R.A.Z.Y.” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s Vanessa Paradis starrer “Cafe de Flore” (Alliance Vivafilm in Canada, several European territories sold) and Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” (Christal in Canada).

Ken Scott’s “Starbuck” (Christal in Canada), starring Patrick Huard as man who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, gets its North American preem in Galas, joining previously announced Canuck Galas David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Mind” and Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz.”

Contemporary World Cinema world preems four pics — Randall Cole’s surveillance-shaped chiller “388 Arletta Avenue” (eOne, Optimum in the U.K.), starring Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, Barbara Willis-Sweete’s screen adaptation of beloved Canuck musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War,” starring Eric Peterson, Leonard Farlinger’s road move “I’m Yours” (eOne), starring Rossif Sutherland, and “Sisters and Brothers,” marking the sixth straight year Vancouver’s Carl Bessai has preemed a pic in Toronto.

Anne Emond “Nuit #1,” Simon Davidson’s “The Odds” and Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatsky’s “The Patron Saints” world preem in Canada First!. The North American preems of Guy Edoin’s “Wetlands” and Ivan Grbovic’s “Romeo Eleven,” and the Canadian preems of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ “Amy George” and Sheldon Larry’s Sundance-preemer “Leave It On The Floor” round out the program.

Lea Pool’s “Pink Ribbons,” investigating the politics of breast-cancer philanthropy, and Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ “Surviving Progress,” a cinematic riff on Ronald Wright’s bestselling “A Short History of Progress” world preem in Real to Reel.

Vanguard also adds two world preems — Ingrid Veninger’s mother-daughter story “I Am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person” and Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand’s psychological drama “Doppelganger Paul.”

Veteran Toronto director Bruce McDonald’s rock’n’road-trip classic “Hard Core Logo” (1996) screens in Open Vault, and its sequel “Hard Core Logo II” (Alliance) finally bows to local auds in Masters.

Short Cuts Canada showcases a cross-section of domestic talent in quick docus, dramas and animated fare presented in six programs and two pre-feature selections.

On Tuesday the festival also released details of its Canadian awards and jury, Canadian industry initiatives and info on its Producer’s Lab, Talent Lab and Pitch This event.

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

Source: Variety

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