Toronto International Film Festival Group Names Canada’s Top Ten
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
The Toronto International Film Festival Group announced the list of Canada’s top ten for 2003 at an industry event Tuesday. “Canada’s Top Ten,” established by the organization which hosts the annual Toronto International Film Festival every September, began in 2001 to raise awareness of Canadian cinema. All of the films named screened at the Toronto fest, with many taking home honors as well. An independent 10-member jury of Canadian filmmakers, journalists and industry professionals, selected the ten.
The list includes: “20H 17, Rue Darling” by Bernard Emond about a recovering alcoholic who arrives home to find his apartment building has burned down as well as Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbot’s doc “The Corporation,” which probes the extent of corporate power today. The film was a runner up for the AGF audience award during the Toronto festival. Allan King’s “Dying at Grace,” which chronicles the experiences of five terminal patients at a Toronto hospital and Scott Smith’s coming of age film “Falling Angels” were also named. Other films making the list include Sudz Sutherland’s twisted love story, “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones”; Quebecois director Robert Lepage’s sibling rivalry film, “La Face Chachee de la Lune” (The Hidden Face of the Moon); and fellow Quebecois Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions.” The latter has been released in the U.S. by Miramax and opened the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.
Three remaining titles include Isabel Coixet’s “My Life Without Me” about a terminally ill mother coming to terms with her illness. Sony Classics released the film in the States in September. Also on the tribute list is Nathaniel Geary’s street drama “On the Corner” and Guy Maddin’s “The Saddest Music in the World” about a beer magnet who hosts a contest to find the ‘saddest’ music in the world against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
“Canada’s Top Ten 2003 reflects both established masters and new voices, showing the range of Canada’s filmmaking talent,” commented Piers Handling, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group in a release. “This year, we’re also offering dynamic panel discussions that focus on the collaborative process of filmmaking, and includes screenings of all ten selections, giving the public to see the best Canadian films of the year.” South of the border, next month’s Sundance Film Festival attendees will have a chance to see “The Corporation” and “The Saddest Music in the World” next month in Park City, UT.