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Toronto Film Festival Adds ‘Fall of the American Empire’ to Canadian Lineup

The Toronto Intl. Film Festival has added Denys Arcand’s crime thriller “The Fall of the American Empire” and 18 other Canadian films to its lineup.

Nine of the films are directed by women and 14 are world premieres.

“We’re especially proud to present such a diverse group of films,” said Steve Gravestock, senior programmer. “Ranging from science fiction to fantasy, myth to documentary, and romance to a dystopic vision of our neighbours to the south, this year’s Canadian films come from every region in the country, stretching from east to west and north to south.”

“The Fall of the American Empire” stars Alexandre Landry, Maxim Roy, Yan England, and Rémy Girard and centers Landry’s character discovering two bags of money and facing a moral dilemma. Arcand was inspired to make the film after learning about the 2010 murder of two people in a Montreal boutique.

Sony Classics bought the North American rights during the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a thematic cousin to Arcand’s Oscar-nominated “The Decline of the American Empire” and the Oscar-winning “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003).

Canadian features will include Maxime Giroux’s “The Great Darkened Days” and Bruce Sweeney’s “Kingsway.” Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife,” Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her” and Miranda de Pencier’s “The Grizzlies” include indigenous talent. A special event will screen the documentary “Sharkwater Extinction,” the final film from director and conservationist Rob Stewart.

More films and programs will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will begin on Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 16.

The festival also revealed on Wednesday that Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will have its world premiere in the special presentations section. Jacob Tremblay and Kit Harington star in the movie about the impact of a correspondence between a TV star and an 11-year-old boy. The pic also features Natalie Portman, Ben Schnetzer, Susan Sarandon, Jared Keeso, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Emily Hampshire, and Sarah Gadon.

“In only a few short years, Xavier Dolan has drawn film lovers all over the world into his personal vision,” said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. “That vision and his remarkable skill as a filmmaker are on full display in his English-language debut. We are honored to premiere it in Toronto.”

The Canadian features, by section, are as follows:

“Anthropocene,” Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky,
“The Fall of the American Empire,” Denys Arcand
“The Grizzlies,” Miranda de Pencier

“Sharkwater Extinction,” Rob Stewart

“Carmine Street Guitars,” Ron Mann
“Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz,” Barry Avrich
“What is Democracy?” Astra Taylor

“Clara,” Akash Sherman
“Edge of the Knife,” Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
“Firecrackers,” Jasmin Mozaffari
“Freaks,” Zach Lipovsky, Adam Stein

“Falls Around Her,” Darlene Naponse
“The Fireflies Are Gone,” Sébastien Pilote
“The Great Darkened Days,” Maxime Giroux
“Kingsway,” Bruce Sweeney
“Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin,” Renée Beaulieu
“Splinters,” Thom Fitzgerald

“Fausto,” Andrea Bussmann
“The Stone Speakers,” Igor Drljača

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