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Toronto fest unveils 26 Canadian pix

Fifteen world preems include 'Breakaway'

The Toronto Film Festival has set a Canadian slate of 26 features, including 15 world preems.

Special Presentations delivers a hockey double-header with the world preems of Robert Lieberman’s cross-cultural dramedy “Breakaway,” starring Rob Lowe, Russell Peters and newcomer Vinay Virmani, and Mike Dowse’s comedy “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel (both distribbed by Alliance in Canada).

For the second year, Scott Speedman lands in two Canuck pics. He stars in Nathan Morlando’s world preeming “Edwin Boyd” (eOne in Canada), based on the true story of the notorious Canadian bank robber, and supports Lily Cole and Sarah Gadon in “The Moth Diaries” (Alliance in Canada), Mary Harron’s Venice-preeming adaptation of Rachel Klein’s 2002 vampire novel set in a girls’ boarding school.

Guy Maddin’s “Keyhole,” a ghostly gangster tale starring Jason Patric and Maddin’s muse Isabella Rossellini, world preems in Special Presentations. The section also unspools the North American preems of “Trailer Park Boys” director Mike Clattenburg’s war-zone drama “Afghan Luke” (eOne in Canada, Alliance worldwide), “C.R.A.Z.Y.” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s Vanessa Paradis starrer “Cafe de Flore” (Alliance Vivafilm in Canada, several European territories sold) and Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazhar” (Christal in Canada).

Ken Scott’s “Starbuck” (Christal in Canada), starring Patrick Huard as man who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children, gets its North American preem in Galas, joining two previously announced pics: David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Mind” and Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz.”

Contemporary World Cinema world preems Randall Cole’s chiller “388 Arletta Avenue” (eOne, Optimum in the U.K.), starring Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner; Barbara Willis-Sweete’s screen adaptation of beloved Canuck musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War,” starring Eric Peterson; Leonard Farlinger’s road movie “I’m Yours” (eOne), starring Rossif Sutherland; and Carl Bessai “Sisters and Brothers,” the sixth-straight year the Vancouver native has preemed a pic in Toronto.

Anne Emond’s “Nuit #1,” Simon Davidson’s “The Odds” and Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s “The Patron Saints” world preem in Canada First!

The North American preems of Guy Edoin’s “Wetlands” and Ivan Grbovic’s “Romeo Eleven” and the Canadian preems of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ “Amy George” and Sheldon Larry’s Sundance preemer “Leave It on the Floor” round out the program.

Fest runs Sept. 8-18.

Lea Pool’s “Pink Ribbons,” investigating the politics of breast-cancer philanthropy, and Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ “Surviving Progress” (Alliance in Canada), a cinematic riff on Ronald Wright’s bestselling “A Short History of Progress,” world preem in Real to Reel.

Vanguard adds world preems of Ingrid Veninger’s mother-daughter story “I Am a Good Person/I Am a Bad Person,” and Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand’s psychological drama “Doppelganger Paul.”

Veteran Toronto director Bruce McDonald’s rock ‘n’ road-trip classic “Hard Core Logo” (1996) screens in Open Vault, and its sequel “Hard Core Logo II” (Alliance) finally bows to local auds in Masters.

Short Cuts Canada showcases a cross-section of domestic talent in quick docus, dramas and animated fare presented in six programs and two pre-feature selections.

Fest also released details of its Canadian awards and jury, Canadian industry initiatives and info on its Producer’s Lab, Talent Lab and Pitch This event.

The festival runs Sept. 8-18.

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