Cronenberg's Son and Quebec Darling Xavier Dolan Among Canadian Premieres at TIFF

Cronenberg's Son and Quebec Darling Xavier Dolan Among Canadian Premieres at TIFF
(Xavier Dolan arrives for the premiere of his new movie Laurence Anyways in Montreal on May 14. It will get its Toronto debut at TIFF. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press))

After a big year for young Canadian filmmakers on the international film festival circuit, Brandon Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, both of whom earned Cannes screenings earlier this year, are among the Canadian films to get special presentations at September’s Toronto International Film Festival.

On Tuesday, TIFF programmer Steve Gravestock announced the Canadian films, including shorts and documentaries, that earned berths at the prestigious festival.

Cronenberg’s “Antiviral,” a horror thriller about people obsessed with viruses from their favorite celebrities, is directed by the son of veteran director David Cronenberg. It played in the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes in May.

Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways” is the third film directed by Quebec impresario Dolan, who made his debut in 2009 with “I Killed My Mother.” His latest film is the story of a romance between a man who becomes a woman and his long-time friend.

Also coming is Montreal director Kim Nguyen’s war survival tale, “Rebelle,” which earned accolades for young star Rachel Mwanza at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Among the Canadian features having their world premieres at TIFF:

·       “Inch’Allah,” by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, about a young Canadian obstetrician working in a Palestinian refugee camp.

·       “Still,” by Michael McGowan, about a New Brunswick man who faces jail time when the government tries to stop him from building a more suitable house for his wife.

·       “Blackbird,” by Jason Buxton, about a teen who makes an online threat that ignites fear in a small community.

·       “Picture Day,” by first-time director Kate Melville, a coming-of-age story about a young woman torn between a would-be rock star and a nerdy classmate.

·       “The Crimes of Mike Recket,” by Bruce Sweeney, a police procedural about a failed real estate agent who is a suspect in a criminal investigation.

The Short Cuts program, featuring short films, will bring works by directors such as Toronto’s Charles Officer, Halifax’s Mike Clattenburg, Vancouver’s Kelvin Redvers, and Quebec’s Martin Thibaudeau.

The international galas and special presentations and the documentary and Midnight Madness programs were previously announced (see the ARTINFO round-up of its bright stars and strong features).

TIFF is scheduled for Sept. 6 to 16. See CBC for full story.