Toronto – On August 8th, in the Imperial Room of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival held its Canadian Press Conference. Inside, guests were treated to an assortment of trademark Canadiana, including free beer, cakes, polite conversations and poutine.
“Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer of the festival.
“From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year’s Festival will move audiences”.
Antiviral (North American Premiere)
Brandon Cronenberg, USA/Canada
Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Malcolm McDowell
An employee at a clinic, who sells injections of live viruses taken from sick celebrities to obsessed fans, puts himself in a dire situation when he injects himself with a potentially fatal disease.
Inch’Allah (World Premiere)
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Canada
Starring Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy, Yousef Sweid
The producers behind Academy Award®–nominated Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar reunite to tell the story of a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic within a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.
Laurence Anyways (Toronto Premiere)
Xavier Dolan, Canada
Starring Nathalie Baye, Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Monia Chokri
A bohemian couple has their relationship spiral in ways they didn’t expect when the man confesses that he believes himself to be transgendered.
Liverpool (Toronto Premiere)
Manon Briand, Canada
Starring Stéphanie Lapointe, Charles-Alexandre Dubé, Louis Morissette, Gilles Renaud, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, Daniel Rousse, Giovanni Appollo
A coat check attendant decides to take an unclaimed coat back to its owner, only to find herself in the middle of criminal intrigue.
Rebelle (Toronto Premiere)
Kim Nguyen, Canada
Starring Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Mizinga Mwinga, Ralph Prosper
Set in Sub-Saharan Africa, a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child the story of how she became a child soldier and the love story between two young people caught in a violent yet beautiful situation.
Still (World Premiere)
Michael McGowan, Canada
Starring Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell
Based on true events, an 89-year-old man, counter to the behest of the government, builds a house for his infirm wife.
Stories We Tell (North American Premiere)
Sarah Polley, Canada
Polley’s maiden voyage into the documentary form explores the secrets behind a family of storytellers.
Trailers and photos courtesy of TIFF
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6-16
For more information and tickets, please visit the official website