The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its lineup of Canadian features, including new work from Bruce McDonald, Xavier Dolan, Denis Villeneuve (who has two films in the festival with "Prisoners" and "Enemy" -- both of which star Jake Gyllenhaal), Michael Dowse, Jennifer Baichwal with Edward Burtynsky, Bruce Sweeney, Robert Lepage with Pedro Pires, Peter Stebbings, Ingrid Veninger, Bruce LaBruce, Richie Mehta, Jeff Barnaby and Louise Archambault.
"The scope of this year's feature films is as broad as Canada's filmmaking community and demonstrates the deep versatility of our filmmakers," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. "From clever, biting satire to intimate social commentary, powerful dramas and even a truly magical comedy, the settings and themes vary, but the perspectives are always uniquely Canadian."
Notable is that alongside the Canadian-made features are a bunch of previously announced films produced outside of Canada by Canuck directors, including Jason Reitman ("Labor Day"), Paul Haggis ("Third Person"), Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club") as well as actors Mike Myers and Keanu Reeves, both of whom have their directorial debuts screening at the festival.
"Canadian films and filmmakers are gaining more and more influence on global audiences each year," said Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, Canadian Features Programmer. "The diversity and curiosity of Canada's filmmakers give them a unique ability to make films with wide ranging appeal and impact."
Canadian films previously announced in the TIFF Docs programme include: Jody Shapiro’s "Burt’s Buzz," Barry Avrich’s "Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione," Alanis Obomsawin’s "Hi-Ho Mistahey!" and Allan Zweig's "When Jews Were Funny." Previously announced Canadian features in the Gala programme include Jonathan Sobol's "The Art of the Steal," Don McKellar's "The Grand Seduction" and Jeremiah Chechik's "The Right Kind of Wrong." Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's "Afflicted" was previously announced in the Midnight Madness program.
The juried City of Toronto and Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film will be given to one of many outstanding Canadian filmmakers, with the Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film being presented to the breakout Canadian filmmaker with the most impressive debut feature at the Festival.
In addition, 39 Canadian short films were announced, including 15 returning filmmakers and a host of 3D and animated films. New this year is that 24 hours after their Festival premiere, films will be available to screen at YouTube.com/TIFF until September 19.
Continue to the next page for a full list of Canadian features and shorts screening at TIFF, and click here for a full list of every title announced for the festival so far.