Toronto fest unveils Top 10 Canadian films

List includes works by Cronenberg, Polley and Mehta

David Cronenberg, Sarah Polley and Deepa Mehta were among the Canuck cinema luminaries whose recent work was feted Tuesday night at a packed industry event announcing the Toronto Film Festival’s 12th annual list of Canada’s Top 10 features.

“The 2012 lineup champions the works of familiar faces as well as emerging talent — all of whose stellar filmmaking achievements shape the Canadian film community,” said fest senior programmer Steve Gravestock.

Selected by a seven-member jury of media, creative and industry types from across the country, the Top 10 list includes Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” Michael McGowan’s small-town love story “Still,” Kim Nguyen’s Tribeca-winning tale of a child soldier “War Witch” (also Canada’s foreign – language Oscar submission), Polley’s Venice-preeming family secrets docu “Stories We Tell” and Peter Mettler’s globe-trotting visual essay “End of Time.”

While this was a particularly good year for Canuck cinema on the global stage, comedy features also got some respect. Michael Dowse’s hockey romp “Goon” made Canada’s Top 10, as did Sean Garrity’s quest-driven “My Awkward Sexual Adventure.”

Rounding out Canada’s Top 10, Cronenberg’s life-in-a-day drama “Cosmopolis” and Xavier Dolan’s gender-bending love story “Laurence Anyways” were both Cannes pics, while Nisha Pahuja’s docu cross-cutting two different realities for young Indian women “The World Before Her” was another Tribeca winner.

The Top 10 films will tour major cities across Canada in early 2013.

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