Festival unveils slate of Canadian pics

The Toronto Film Festival has announced an eclectic slate of Canadian pics, comprising 32 features and 40 shorts.

The Special Presentations list revealed Tuesday includes the world preems of Montreal helmer Jacob Tierney’s serial-killer mystery “Good Neighbors,” starring Scott Speedman and Jay Baruchel; Toronto helmer Bruce McDonald’s rock reunion dramedy “Trigger,” starring Molly Parker and the late Tracy Wright; and Vancouver helmer Carl Bessai’s rehab thriller “Repeaters” with Amanda Crew.

The program also features the world preem of Sturla Gunnarsson’s docu “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie,” about the Canadian environmentalist; the North American preem of Denis Villeneuve’s Venice-bound drama “Incendies”; and the English Canadian preem of Xavier Dolan’s sophomore comedy “Heartbeats.”

Jonathan Sobol’s father-and-sons comedy “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” toplining Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and Jason Jones, joins previously announced Canuck pics “The Bang Bang Club,” “Barney’s Version,” “Casino Jack” and “Score” on the Gala screen.

Canuck world preems in Contemporary World Cinema include Ed Gass-Donnelly’s “Small Town Murder Songs” (starring Jill Hennessy and Peter Stormare), Terry Miles’ “A Night for Dying Tigers” (with Jennifer Beals and Gil Bellows), Ingrid Veninger’s teen travel portrait “Modra” and Robin Aubert’s road trip “A l’origine d’un cri.” Program includes the English Canadian preem of Louis Belanger’s “Route 132,” which opens the Montreal World fest Aug. 26.

The features of six rookies bow in Canada First, including world preems of Michael Goldbach’s small-town chiller “Daydream Nation” (starring Kat Dennings and Andie MacDowell), Katrin Bowen’s struggling-actress tale “Amazon Falls,” Deborah Chow’s drama “High Cost of Living” (with Zach Braff), Ryan Redford’s postwar drama “Oliver Sherman” (Donal Logue and Molly Parker), and the North American preems of Patrick Demer’s improvised thriller “Jaloux” and Daniel Cockburn’s experimental “You Are Here.”

Michael Dowse’s “Fubar 2,” the sequel to his 2002 cult headbanger comedy, is the lone Canuck entry in Midnight Madness so far, with the full program to be announced next week.

Real to Reel adds world preems of Canuck docus “How to Start Your Own Country,” helmer Jody Shapiro’s humorous exploration of micro nations, and East Coast vet William D. MacGillivray’s portrait of troubadour Ron Hynes, “The Man of a Thousand Songs.”

Visions adds two French-language pics: Denis Cote’s “Curling” and Catherine Martin’s “Trois temps apres la mort d’Anna.”

A new print of the late Allan King’s docu classic “A Married Couple” will screen in Canadian Open Vault.

Forty quickies bow in Short Cuts, including new works from David Cronenberg’s son Brandon, John Bolton and Anne Emond.

The fest runs Sept. 9-19.

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