Robert Budreau’s “Born to Be Blue,” starring Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, were among more than 20 Canadian features added to the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival lineup on Wednesday.
“Blue” (a reimagining of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker’s life in the 1960s) and “Forest” (an adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel of survival in a collapsing near-future America) will world premiere in Special Presentations, alongside Guy Edoin’s “Ville-Marie,” a tale of four lives that change unexpectedly at a Montreal hospital, starring Monica Bellucci, Patrick Hivon, Pascale Bussieres and Aliocha Schneider — one of four Canadian actors announced today as the 2015 TIFF Rising Stars.
Contemporary World Cinema will unveil the world premiere of Kazik Radwanski’s “How Heavy This Hammer,” about a listless, procrastinating family man who feels change stirring in his life. The program will also screen the North American premieres of “The Good Lie” helmer Phillipe Falardeau’s comedy “My Internship in Canada”; Anne Emond’s “Our Loved One,” with 2015 TIFF Rising star Karelle Tremblay; and Igor Drljaca’s “The Waiting Room.”
TIFF Docs will screen five world premieres: Avi Lewis’ documentary “This Changes Everything,” inspired by Naomi Klein’s acclaimed book about the climate change crisis; Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard’s “Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr,” which tells the story of the former Guantanamo prisoner in his own words; Mina Shum’s “Ninth Floor,” tracking a watershed event in Canadian race relations; Brian D. Johnson’s “Al Purdy Was Here,” a celebration of Canada’s unofficial poet laureate; and Genevieve Dulude-De Celles’ “Welcome to F.L.,” about a community of teens in small-town Quebec.
Stephen Dunn’s “Closet Monster,” starring Schneider (“Ville-Marie”); Adam Garnet Jones’ “Fire Song”; Kire Paputts’ “The Rainbow Kid”; and Jamie M. Dagg’s “River,” starring Rossif Sutherland, will world premiere in the Discovery section. Andrew Cividino’s “Sleeping Giant” receives its North American premiere in the program.
Respected cinematographer Andre Turpin presents the world premiere of his new film “Endorphine,” a cinematic puzzle intertwining the lives of three women, in Vanguard. The program will also screen the North American premiere of Mark Sawers’ “No Men Beyond This Point” and the Canadian premiere of Bruce McDonald’s “Hellions.”
“Invention,” celebrated artist Mark Lewis’ anthology of films capturing the changing textures of cities, will bow in Wavelengths — the fest’s program showcasing experimental fare — as will Mexican-Canadian auteur Nicolas Pereda’s urban fantasy “Minotaur.” Isiah Medina’s feature debut, “88:88,” will receive its North American premiere, and Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin’s “The Forbidden Room” will have its Canadian premiere in the program.
The festival also announced on Wednesday the 44 Canadian films screening in its Short Cuts program, the free Wavelength Installations program of works presented at various downtown venues throughout the fest, the Canadian and international participants in its 2015 Talent Lab, and the six Canadian projects selected for Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This!
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 to 20.
Here are this year’s Canadian features:
“Born to be Blue,” director Robert Budreau, Canada/U.K. (world premiere)
“Into the Forest,” director Patricia Rozema, Canada (world premiere)
“Ville-Marie,” director Guy Edoin, Canada (world premiere)
“Al Purdy Was Here,” director Brian D. Johnson, Canada (world premiere)
“Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr,” directors Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard, Canada (world premiere)
“Ninth Floor,” director Mina Shum, Canada (world premiere)
“This Changes Everything,” director Avi Lewis, Canada/USA (world premiere)
“Welcome to F.L.,” director Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, Canada (world premiere)
“Closet Monster,” director Stephen Dunn, Canada (world premiere)
“Fire Song,” director Adam Garnet Jones, Canada (world premiere)
“The Rainbow Kid,” director Kire Paputts, Canada (world premiere)
“River,” director Jamie M. Dagg, Canada/Laos (world premiere)
“Sleeping Giant,” director Andrew Cividino, Canada (North American premiere)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
“How Heavy This Hammer,” director Kazik Radwanski, Canada (world premiere)
“Our Loved Ones,” director Anne Emond, Canada (North American premiere)
“My Internship in Canada,” director Phillipe Falardeau, Canada (North American premiere)
“The Waiting Room,” director Igor Drljaca, Canada (North American premiere)
“Endorphine,” director Andre Turpin, Canada (world premiere)
“Hellions,” director Bruce McDonald, Canada (Canadian premiere)
“No Men Beyond This Point,” director Mark Sawers, Canada (North America premiere)
“88:88,” director Isiah Medina, Canada (North America premiere)
“The Forbidden Room,” director Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin, Canada (Canadian premiere)
“Invention,” director Mark Lewis, United Kingdom/Canada (world premiere)
“Minotaur,” director Nicolas Pereda, Mexico/Canada (world premiere)