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Sarah Polley’s searing family portrait, a profanity-laced ode to hockey violence and Robert Pattinson in an artsy leading role are three of the diverse films announced Tuesday as Canada’s Top Ten of 2012 by the Toronto International Film Festival.
Stories We Tell, Goon and Cosmopolis, respectively, take the honours among such notables as Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen, Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta and Laurence Anyways by Xavier Dolan in a memorable year for Canadian film. The 10 were chosen by seven panelists including filmmaker Jacob Tierney and CBC’s Metro Morning host Matt Galloway.
Polley, whose Stories We Tell — a highly personal documentary-style film exploring family history — has earned rave reviews since its Venice debut, will take part in a special Mavericks question and answer session on Jan. 5.
Besides Stories We Tell, the other honourees are:
• Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch), chronicling the experiences of a child soldier in sub-Saharan Africa, has earned rave reviews and is Canada’s nomination for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars.
• Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her, which earned Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs, is a tale of two worlds for young Indian women, one a beauty pageant, the other a fundamentalist Hindu boot camp.
Also named Tuesday were the Top 10 short films: Bydlo by Patrick Bouchard; Chef de meute (Herd Leader) by Chloé Robichaud; Crackin’ Down Hard by Mike Clattenburg; Kaspar by Diane Obomsawin; Ne crâne pas sois modeste (Keep a Modest Head) by Deco Dawson; Lingo by Bahar Noorizadeh; Malody by Phillip Barker; Old Growth by Tess Girard; Reflexions by Martin Thibaudeau; and Paparmane (Wintergreen) by Joëlle Desjardins Paquette.