Toronto, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): 26 Canadian features within various programmes that are part of the Festival’s 2019 lineup was unveiled yesterday by the Toronto International Film Festival ® (TIFF 2019) including seven first features, 13 works by returning TIFF alumni, and almost 50% films directed by women, TIFF reports said.
A wide range of perspectives and themes, from youth struggling with the pressures of adulthood to seniors fighting for their independence in virtually every region in the country are offered in this Canadian selection.
“We are deeply impressed by the high quality of the work done by Canadian directors this year — particularly from filmmakers who were making their first and second features,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF.
“Within that group, there was an extremely strong contingent of female filmmakers working everywhere from Newfoundland to British Columbia and addressing a genuinely diverse spectrum of subjects, from mother–daughter relationships to the refugee experience, female friendships to youth in crisis.”
“As part of the new wave of programmers at TIFF, I’m thrilled to help usher in the next generation of prominent voices in Canadian cinema — particularly with films that speak to the larger global issues at hand,” said TIFF programmer Ravi Srinivasan. “I am also proud to help introduce several new filmmakers to the main stage, knowing that their works will screen alongside those of Canadian legends like Alanis Obomsawin and Atom Egoyan. This is truly an exciting year for TIFF and Canadian cinema, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
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This year’s Canadian features slate also includes five titles by Indigenous filmmakers and film teams: Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger; Jeff Barnaby’s chilling Blood Quantum; Myriam Verreault’s Kuessipan, based on the novel by Naomi Fontaine about life among Innu in northeastern Quebec; Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn’s The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, which follows two Indigenous women as they deal with domestic violence; and Zacharias Kunuk’s One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, about an encounter on Baffin Island in 1961 when life on the land changed forever for Inuit.
TIFF debuts include Aisling Chin-Yee’s family dramedy The Rest of Us; Harry Cepka’s Raf, starring Grace.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)