Quebecers in force at TIFF
Films by Louise Archambault, Sophie Deraspe, Jeff Barnaby and Myriam Verreault are part of the Canadian selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiled on Wednesday.
In the Contemporary World Cinema section, Louise Archambault’s “It’s Raining Birds”, tells the story of three hermits and stars Andrée Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard, Eve Landry, Éric Robidoux and Louise Portal.
“Antigone” by Sophie Deraspe will be presented in the same section. It is an adaptation of classical Greek tragedy, with Nahéma Ricci in the title role.
“Blood Quantum”, by Jeff Barnaby, will be world premiere in the horror section “Midnight Madness”.
She-Maija Tailfeathers, Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Michael Greyeyes, Brandon Oakes, Gary Farmer and Forrest Goodluck are among the stars of this horror movie about an isolated Mi’kmaq community spared by an epidemic of zombies.
This is Barnaby’s second feature film, which grew up in the Listuguj Mi’kmaq Reserve in Quebec, and caused a sensation at the festival in 2013 with “Rhymes for Young Ghouls”.
Myriam Verreault will propose, in the section “Discovery”, “Kuessipan”, adapted from the novel by Naomi Fontaine. The film tells the story of two childhood friends from the same Innu community in Quebec who realize that they face many different futures.
Short films by Chloé Robichaud, Alexandre Dostie, Emilie Mannering, Pier-Philippe Chevigny, Ariane Louis-Seize and Theodore Ushev are also on the menu.
Ellen Page, David Cronenberg and many others
“There’s Something in the Water”, which Ellen Page co-directed with Ian Daniel, will be presented as a world premiere. at TIFF.
Ellen Page’s documentary on environmental racism in Nova Scotia, a black comedy directed by actress Amy Jo Johnson with Felicity Huffman, and a psychological thriller by Albert Shin starring David Cronenberg are also featured in Canadian feature films. will be presented.
“There’s Something in the Water”, which Ellen Page co-directed with Ian Daniel, will be presented as a world premiere.
Halifax-based star “Juno” examines the injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism in her home province in this documentary about Aboriginal and African-Canadian women in Nova Scotia struggling to protect their communities , their lands and their future.
“There’s Something in the Water” is also the title of a book by actress and Nova Scotian activist Ingrid Waldron.
A total of 26 feature films and 25 short films feature in the festival’s Canadian repertoire this year, and nearly 50 per cent of the films are made by women, up from 40 per cent last year.
Previously announced projects at this year’s festival include François Girard’s “The Song of Names”, “Semi Chellas” American Woman, “David Foster: Off the Record” by Barry Avrich, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band by Daniel Roher and Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honor.
Amy Jo Johnson, who worked as an actress in “Felicity” and “Flashpoint”, will present Tammy’s Always Dying as a world premiere. Lauren Holly, Kristian Bruun and Aaron Ashmore are the other cast members of this film about a woman and her alcoholic and sick mother.
In Albert Shin’s “Clifton Hill,” Tuppence Middleton plays the role of a pathological liar tangled in childhood memories of an abduction in Niagara Falls.
Another Cronenberg is also on the program, but in the short film section. Brandon Cronenberg, the son of the famous Canadian director, will present “Please Speak Continuously And Describe Your Experiences As They Come To You”.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival will be held from September 5th to 15th.