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Toronto festival picks top 10

'Eastern Promises,' 'My Winnipeg' on list

English-Canadian cinema dominated the list of the top 10 Canadian films of the year unveiled Tuesday by the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group.

The fest also announced, for the first time, the top 10 homegrown shorts of the year.

English-language films took eight of the 10 spots on the feature list. The only two French-language films are Denys Arcand’s “Days of Darkness,” a satire about a disgruntled Quebec government functionary that closed the Cannes Film Festival; and helmer Stephane LaFleur’s “Continental, a Film Without Guns,” a dark comedy about four lonely people that took the Canadian first feature nod at Toronto in September.

The feature list included two other Toronto prize winners: David Cronenberg’s British-Canadian co-production crime thriller “Eastern Promises,” which won the audience award, and Guy Maddin’s idiosyncratic docu/fantasy homage to his hometown, “My Winnipeg,” which took Canadian feature.

The list also includes Jeremy Podeswa’s Holocaust drama “Fugitive Pieces,” the Robert Lantos production that opened Toronto.

The list is rounded out by helmer Richie Mehta’s India-set “Amal” (which is in English and Hindi); Peter Raymont’s documentary “A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman”; Bruce McDonald’s Ellen Page starrer “The Tracey Fragments”; Yung Chang’s EyeSteelFilm/National Film Board of Canada docu “Up the Yangtze”; and Martin Gero’s provocatively titled “Young People Fucking.”

The fest’s list of top 10 Canuck shorts of 2007: Mathieu L. Denis’ “Code 13,” Jeff Barnaby’s “The Colony,” Sebastien Pilote’s “Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!,” Ramses Madina’s “Farmer’s Requiem,” Chloe Leriche’s “Les Grands,” Cam Christiansen’s “I Have Seen the Future,” Josh Raskin’s “I Met the Walrus,” Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski’s “Madame Tutli-Putli,” Chris Chong Chan Fui’s “Pool” and Trevor Cawood’s “Terminus.”

All pics will screen at the Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5, and many of the filmmakers will be on hand to host Q&A sessions.

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