Telefilm Canada pumps coin to 13 pix

Funder also backing an adaptation of 'Stone Angel'

Film funder Telefilm Canada will finance 13 English-Canadian features including “Emotional Arithmetic,” starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis and Max von Sydow.

The Quebec-Ontario co-production based on the Matt Cohen novel of the same name is the highest profile project of the pics announced Wednesday. Pic is about three friends who met in an internment camp in World War II and reunite 40 years later. It will be directed by Paolo Barzman and produced by Suzanne Girard and Anna Stratton.

Telefilm is also backing an adaptation of “The Stone Angel” about an ailing senior (Ellen Burstyn) who does not want to live in a nursing home. Pic, to be directed by Kari Skogland, is based on the novel by the late Margaret Laurence.

The third Canadian novel getting the bigscreen treatment is “All Hat,” from the Brad Smith baseball novel of the same name, with a screenplay penned by Smith.

Other pics receiving Telefilm cash include “Newton and Leo,” a fantasy pic directed by Jesse Rosensweet; “Pushing up Daisies,” from writer-director Chaz Thorne, about a man who inherits a funeral home from his estranged father; helmer Ritchie Mehta’s “Amal”; helmer Laurie Lynd’s “Breakfast With Scot”; Martin Gero’s sex comedy “Young People F*!@king”; Carl Bessai’s “Normal”; and Robert Cuffly’s “Walk All Over Me,” about a cashier, a dominatrix and a guy accused of stealing a fortune.

Telefilm, which also gave money to three pics in its low-budget feature assistance program, has approximately $66 million a year to dish out, but did not provide details of how much cash it provided all the films.

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