Toronto Film Festival Adds Canadian Dramas About Rape, Politics, Journalism

Xavier Dolan, Kim Nguyen, Deepa Mehta and Bruce McDonald are among the filmmakers represented in second round of festival bookings

Last Updated: August 3, 2016 @ 7:09 AM

Xavier Dolan‘s Cannes prize-winner “It’s Only the End of the World,” Kim Nguyen’s “Two Lovers and a Bear” with Tatiana Maslany, and Deepa Mehta’s “Anatomy of Violence,” a dramatization of a 2012 gang rape in India, are among the Canadian films that will screen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.

The festival announced more than two dozen films in eight different sections of the festival, which will run from Sept. 8 through Sept. 18 in the Canadian city.

In the Special Presentations section, Canadian films include “It’s Only the End of the World,” a raw family drama starring Vincent Cassel and Marion Cotillard that won the Jury Prize at Cannes; “Mean Dreams,” Nathan Morlando’s thriller starring Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nelisse as teens who steal a bag of drug money from her father, Bill Paxton; “Two Lovers and a Bear,” a film set near the North Pole from the director of Oscar nominee “War Witch”; “Weirdos,” from veteran Canadian director Bruce McDonald; and “Window Horses (The Epiphany of Rosie Ming),” an animated film featuring the voices of Sandra Oh, Don McKellar and Shoreh Aghdashloo.

The Masters section will include “Anatomy of Violence,” a drama about the lives of the Indian rapists from “Water” and “Midnight’s Children” director Mehta; and “We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice,” a documentary about a 2007 discrimination lawsuit against the Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Canadian films in the TIFF Docs program will include Fred Peabody’s investigative journalism chronicle “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F.Stone,” Hubert Davis’ basketball story “Giants of Africa,” Dilip Mehta’s “Mostly Sunny,” about adult-film-actress-turned-Bollywood-star Sunny Leone, and “The River of My Dreams,” Brigitte Berman’s film about Canadian artist Gordon Pisent.

Additional Canadian films will be shown in the Discovery, Contemporary World Cinema, Vanguard, Primetime and TIFF Cinematheque sections.

The Toronto Film Festival also announced the following Canadian-focused content:

- Actors Jared Abrahamson (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Grace Glowicki (“Her Friend Adam”), Mylene Mackay (“Endorphine”) and Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief”) will participate in the 2016 TIFF Rising Stars program, which includes seminars with casting directors, media training, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers.

- Director Atom Egoyan, producer Christine Vachon and producer Jim Stark will serve as the governors for the 13th annual Talent Lab, which helps emerging filmmakers develop skills and knowledge of the industry.

- Director and screenwriter Andrew Cividino (“Sleeping Giant”) will be the 2016 Len Blum Resident, taking advantage of a program that allows a filmmaker to live in the Festival Tower, have script consultations with Canadian screenwriter Blum and mentoring sessions with TIFF industry and programming teams.

Last week, TIFF announced 65 films in its Galas and Special Presentations sections. Additional programming will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The new programming additions:

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
“Below Her Mouth,” April Mullen (World Premiere)
“It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan (North American Premiere)
“Mean Dreams,” Nathan Morlando (North American Premiere)
“Two Lovers and a Bear,” Kim Nguyen (North American Premiere)
“Weirdos,” Bruce McDonald (World Premiere)
“Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming),” Ann Marie Fleming (North American Premiere)

MASTERS
“Anatomy of Violence,” Deepa Mehta (World Premiere)
“We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice,” Alanis Osomsawin (World Premiere)

TIFF DOCS
“All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone,” Fred Peabody (World Premiere)
“Black Code,” Nicholas de Pencier (World Premiere)
“Giants of Africa,” Hubert Davis (World Premiere)
“Mostly Sunny,” Dilip Mehta (World Premiere)
“The River of My Dreams,” Brigitte Berman (World Premiere)
“The Skyjacker’s Tale,” Jamie Kastner (World Premiere)
“The Stairs,” Hugh Gibson (World Premiere)

DISCOVERY
“ARQ,” Tony Elliott (World Premiere)
“Hello Destroyer,” Kevan Funk (World Premiere)
“Jean of the Joneses,” Stella Meghie (Canadian Premiere)
“Old Stone,” Johnny Ma (North American Premiere)
“Prank,” Vincent Biron (North American Premiere)
“Werewolf,” Ashley McKenzie (World Premiere)

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
“Boundaries,” Chloe Robichaud (World Premiere)
“X Quinientos,” Juan Andres Arango (World Premiere)

VANGUARD
“Nelly,” Anne Emond (World Premiere)

PRIMETIME
“nirvana the band the show,” Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol (World Premiere)

TIFF CINEMATHEQUE
“A Cool Sound From Hell,” Sidney J. Furie