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.