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Xavier Dolan‘s star-studded The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will make its world premiere on the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is the Quebec phenom’s extremely anticipated English-language directorial debut starring Kit Harrington, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, in addition to Canadians Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Gadon.
Contemporary anxieties and Indigenous points are among the many themes in the remainder of the Canadian lineup for this 12 months’s film marathon, which additionally consists of works by administrators Denys Arcand, Jennifer Baichwal and Rob Stewart.
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A complete of 20 Canadian options have been introduced on Wednesday, together with Arcand’s crime thriller The Fall of the American Empire, which has already screened in French within the Oscar winner’s residence province of Quebec.
Alexandre Landry stars as a lonely man who finds two luggage full of cash after witnessing a lethal armed theft.
“I think it’s one of his more pointed political films in quite some time,” senior programmer Steve Gravestock mentioned in an interview earlier than Wednesday’s press convention saying the lineup.
“In a weird way, even though it looks at all sorts of corruption, it’s also quite hopeful.”
Baichwal explores environmental points with Anthropocene, the ultimate title in a trilogy with producer Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky after Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.
“It’s quite stunning to look at but also I think, in some ways, this is quite painful to watch because it is very much about extinction, what we’re doing to animals,” mentioned Gravestock, who labored on the lineup with Danis Goulet, the TIFF Canadian options programmer.
Other docs exploring a sense of unease embrace Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy? Starting in Greece, it seems to be on the historical past of democracy and the hazards dealing with it.
Sharkwater Extinction is the ultimate work by the late filmmaker and conservationist Stewart, and Barry Avrich’s Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz is in regards to the United States’ chief prosecutor in the course of the Nuremberg trials.
Meanwhile, Ron Mann seems to be at gentrification within the documentary Carmine Street Guitars, a couple of Greenwich Village store that makes customized guitars out of fabric from historic websites and torn-down buildings.
Indigenous expertise showcased
The lineup additionally has world premieres of three movies that showcase Indigenous expertise, together with Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s Edge of the Knife. It’s billed as the primary feature-length movie made in Haida, which is classed by UNESCO as an endangered language.
Meanwhile, famend Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal stars in Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her.
And Anne with an E govt producer Miranda de Pencier makes her function directorial debut with The Grizzlies, a artistic collaboration between herself and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald.
The lineup additionally has the sci-fi drama Clara by Akash Sherman, starring Patrick J. Adams of Suits fame as a depressed astronomer who will get a brand new outlook on life after assembly a girl.
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Supernatural tales are present in The Great Darkened Days by Maxime Giroux, Fausto by Andrea Bussmann, and The Stone Speakers by Igor Drljaca.
Stories that includes teenagers and younger adults embrace Keith Behrman’s Giant Little Ones, Thom Fitzgerald’s Splinters, Firecrackers by Jasmin Mozaffari, and Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone.
TIFF says 40 per cent of the Canadian movie slate this 12 months is directed by ladies.
Previously introduced Canadian options embrace Giant Little Ones in addition to Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project, Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece, and Don McKellar’s Through Black Spruce.
“There are a lot of films that we have this year that don’t shy away from difficulties that people are facing — and even in some cases, some tragic circumstances — but really look at people’s resiliency,” Gravestock mentioned.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 6-16. For full info, go to the official TIFF web site.
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