Pics include 'Antiviral,' 'Laurence' 'Stories'
TORONTO — Brandon Cronenberg’s Cannes pic “Antiviral” and Sarah Polley’s Venice-bound docu “The Stories We Tell” are among 19 Canuck features unveiled Wednesday by the Toronto Film Festival, which will play across all the fest’s sections.
“Antiviral” and “Stories” will receive North American preems in Special Presentations, which will world preem Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s “Inch’Allah,” about a female obstetrician working in a Palestinian refugee camp, produced by the team behind “Incendies.”
Program will also include Michael McGowan’s “Still,” based on the true story of a man facing jail after trying to build a house for his ailing wife, starring James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold; Kim Nguyen’s “Rebelle,” best narrative winner at Tribeca; Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways” and Manon Briand’s “Liverpool.”
Discovery will unspool world preems of Jason Buxton’s “Blackbird,” about a teen whose online threat terrifies a small town; Igor Drljaca’s “Krivina,” following a man who returns to Bosnia to find an old friend accused of war crimes; and Kate Melville’s “Picture Day,” about a high-school senior’s secret night life.
Kazik Radwanski’s “Tower,” in which a lonely man finds intimacy and stalks a pesky raccoon, world-preems in Locarno this month and gets its North American preem in Toronto.
Contemporary World Cinema will see world preems of Vancouver director Bruce Sweeney’s neo-noir procedural “The Crimes of Mike Recket”; Sudz Sutherland’s tale of three adults deported back to Jamaica, “Home Again”; Sean Garrity’s “My Awkward Sexual Adventure,” reteaming him with writer-star Jonas Chernick; and Anita Doron’s coming-of-ager “The Lesser Blessed,” shot in the Northwest Territories.
Rafael Ouellet’s “Camion,” about the aftermath of a fatal road accident and a double prize-winner at Karlovy Vary, gets its Toronto bow in the program.
Vanguard adds the world preem of Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson’s “I Declare War,” about friends whose game of capture-the-flag turns dark.
Quebec filmmaker Bernard Emond’s “All That You Possess,” about a disgruntled academic reuniting with his teenage daughter, world preems in Masters.
“Sharkwater” helmer Rob Stewart returns to Toronto to world preem his docu “Revolution,” charting his transformation from photographer to activist.
Previously announced Canuck titles include Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children,” Ruba Nadda’s “Inescapable,” Denis Cote’s “Bestiaire,” Peter Mettler’s “The End of Time,” Simon Ennis’ “Lunarcy!,” Jamie Kastner’s “The Secret Disco Revolution” and Barry Avrich’s “Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky.”
The fest also announced its slate of 44 Canuck shorts and details of its Pitch This!, Talent Lab and Producers Lab industry programming.
Toronto runs Sept. 6-16.