Burns' "Fear" to Open Toronto's Canadian Section
by Brian Brooks
North America's biggest, the Toronto International Film Festival, looms closer with more details of the program line-up. The Toronto International Film Festival Group announced yesterday details of its Perspective Canada section, which will open with Gary Burns' "A Problem with Fear" on September 5th. Burns' ("waydowntown") latest centers on one person's fear, and its lingering results for the city he lives in.
The world premiere of Deepa Mehta's romantic tale, "The Republic of Love," will also screen in the section as a gala presentation. The film is the story of two people who come together but have their relationship tested when one experiences a family tragedy resulting in discord. Also making world premieres in Perspective Canada are Allan King's "Dying at Grace," which screens in the 'Masters' line up, and Guy Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the World," playing as a special presentation. In all, the section will present 17 features (13 world premieres) and 38 shorts.
In other Toronto news, the Film Reference Library, a Toronto International Film Festival Group venture which maintains English-language Canadian film and film-related materials as well as a wide range of local, national and international film resources, announced new acquisitions. Filmmakers John Greyson, as well as Maddin and Mehta are donating material to the library including original film elements, scripts, and production files from their various projects.
The Toronto International Film Festival opens in the Ontario capital on September 4th with Denys Arcand's "Les Invasions Barbares," and will conclude September 13th.