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TIFF’s Top Ten Film Festival: Spotlight on Canadian film


TIFF wants you to make a date with Canadian movies.

The movies in Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in the feature, short film and student film categories were announced Monday, including a wide range of titles from established directors like David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq, to newcomers including Andrew Huculiak and Albert Shin.

Chosen by a panel of filmmakers, actors, scholars and movie critics, the films will be screened during a 10-day festival Jan. 2 to 11 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. New this year, audiences will be able to vote and choose a People’s Choice Award winner.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival began in 2001 to celebrate and promote homegrown cinema by showcasing a variety of Canadian movies. The screenings include introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Added to this year’s program is a Student Shorts slate, formerly the Student Film Showcase, to spotlight the top student shorts from Canadian colleges and universities.

TIFF is also planning special programs as part of the Top Ten fest, including a Jan. 9 screening of Bonnie Sherr Klein’s groundbreaking 1981 documentary Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.

On Jan. 10, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein and filmmaker Avi Lewis take part in an onstage conversation along with a sneak peek at the upcoming doc inspired by Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.

Actor Keanu Reeves will close the festival on Jan. 11 for an onstage discussion about his career.

“Canadian movies and Canadian talent have proven themselves among the best in the world,” said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey in a statement. “Now it’s our chance to get together and celebrate our best. Thirty impressive new films, plus one-of-a-kind onstage conversations add up to a great way to warm up the winter.”

The festival films also tour across Canada, including stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Vancouver.

The feature films screening at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival are:

  • Félix et Meira
  • (Maxime Giroux)
  • In Her Place
  • (Albert Shin)
  • Maps to the Stars
  • (David Cronenberg)
  • Mommy
  • (Xavier Dolan)
  • Monsoon
  • (Sturla Gunnarsson)
  • The Price We Pay
  • (Harold Crooks)
  • Sol
  • (Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq)
  • Tu dors Nicole
  • (Stéphane Lafleur)

Go to tiff.net for details.

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