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Good Lineup, Eh? TIFF Announces Canadian Titles; Includes Sarah Polley, Xavier Dolan, Brandon Cronenberg

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 8, 2012 at 4:08PM

Toronto has announced the homegrown portion of its lineup. Canadian filmmakers represent in both a feature film category and "Short Cuts Canada," as well as a selection of films funded by the National Film Board of Canada.
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"Laurence Anyways"
"Laurence Anyways"

Toronto has announced the homegrown portion of its lineup. Canadian filmmakers represent in both a feature film category and "Short Cuts Canada," as well as a selection of films funded by the National Film Board of Canada.

Canuck first-time feature filmmakers include Jason Buxton ("Blackbird"), Brandon Cronenberg (Cannes entry "Antiviral") and Kate Melville ("Picture Day"), and returning veterans include Sarah Polley ("The Stories We Tell"), Xavier Dolan ("Laurence Anyways") and Michael McGowan ("Still").

44 short films were selected for "Short Cuts Canada," a program that was winnowed down from nearly 700 submissions. Included in the lineup are NFB-funded titles such as Jeffrey St. Jules' "Let the Daylight into the Swamp" and Patrick Bouchard's "Bydlo."

Senior programmer Steve Gravestock stated:

“Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity. From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year’s Festival will move audiences.”

For a complete list of all TIFF-selected films and programs, click here.

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, News, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.