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Toronto Film Fest: Canadian Feature Highlights, From Ethan Hawke to Ellen Page

Toronto Film Fest: Canadian Feature Highlights, From Ethan Hawke to Ellen Page

The Canadian perspectives at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) range from documentaries (climate change crisis film “This Changes Everything”) to highly anticipated biopics (“Born to Be Blue,” starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker) and wondrously weird hybrids of narrative film and experimental art (Guy Maddin’s “The Forbidden Room,” which continues a festival sweep that began back at Sundance).

In Robert Budreau’s long-awaited “Born to Be Blue,” Ethan Hawke stars as troubled jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in the 1960s. This is the first in a slate of three Special Presentations so far, which also includes Patricia Rozema’s (who directed episodes of HBO dramas “In Treatment” and “Tell Me You Love Me”) “Into the Forest,” starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page (who also has “Freeheld” bowing in the main slate) as survivors fending for themselves amid a collapsing America. entwines four lives at a Montreal Hospital, starring Monica Bellucci, Patrick Hivon, Pascale Bussieres and Aliocha Schneider.

READ MORE: Toronto Film Fest Lineup: What Did They Get?

Here’s the full list of newly announced Canadian features:

“Born to be Blue,” director Robert Budreau, Canada/U.K. (world premiere)
“Into the Forest,” director Patricia Rozema, Canada (world premiere)
“Ville-Marie,” director Guy Edoin, Canada (world premiere)

“Al Purdy Was Here,” director Brian D. Johnson, Canada (world premiere)
“Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr,” directors Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard, Canada (world premiere)
“Ninth Floor,” director Mina Shum, Canada (world premiere)
“This Changes Everything,” director Avi Lewis, Canada/USA (world premiere)
“Welcome to F.L.,” director Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, Canada (world premiere)

“Closet Monster,” director Stephen Dunn, Canada (world premiere)
“Fire Song,” director Adam Garnet Jones, Canada (world premiere)
“The Rainbow Kid,” director Kire Paputts, Canada (world premiere)
“River,” director Jamie M. Dagg, Canada/Laos (world premiere)
“Sleeping Giant,” director Andrew Cividino, Canada (North American premiere)

“How Heavy This Hammer,” director Kazik Radwanski, Canada (world premiere)
“Our Loved Ones,” director Anne Emond, Canada (North American premiere)
“My Internship in Canada,” director Phillipe Falardeau, Canada (North American premiere)
“The Waiting Room,” director Igor Drljaca, Canada (North American premiere)

“Endorphine,” director Andre Turpin, Canada (world premiere)
“Hellions,” director Bruce McDonald, Canada (Canadian premiere)
“No Men Beyond This Point,” director Mark Sawers, Canada (North America premiere)

“88:88,” director Isiah Medina, Canada (North America premiere)
“The Forbidden Room,” director Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin, Canada (Canadian premiere)
“Invention,” director Mark Lewis, United Kingdom/Canada (world premiere)
“Minotaur,” director Nicolas Pereda, Mexico/Canada (world premiere)

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