Once again we are thrilled to see many Ontario productions featured in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. We are proud of the diversity of the films and documentaries this year and the unique, compelling stories that continue to demonstrate The Strength Of Our Screens in Ontario. See you at #TIFF18 this year!
Ontario productions screening at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival include:
ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky follow up MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES and WATERMARK with a sobering meditation on psychedelic potash mines,expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’smassive, destructive reengineering of the planet.
Carmine Street Guitars: Documentarian Ron Mann delivers a ballad to Greenwich Village guitar-maker Rick Kelly, who builds his custom-made instruments from repurposed wood scavenged from historic New York City buildings. With appearances by store clientele, including Charlie Sexton, Bill Frisell, and Jim Jarmusch.
Clara: An obsessive astronomer and his unconventional research partner probe their difficult pasts while searching for proof of the existence of life on distant planets, in this emotive sci-fi drama about the importance of making contact.
Falls Around Her: Tantoo Cardinal shines as a world-famous Anishinaabe musician who returns to the reserve to rest and recharge — only to discover that fame (and the outside world) are not easily left behind, in writer-director Darlene Naponse’s riveting portrait of resilience set among a northern First Nation.
Giant Little Ones: In the latest from Canadian director Keith Behrman, Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello star as divorced parents whose teenage son (Josh Wiggins) faces seismic personal upheaval after an unexpected incident at a party.
The Grizzlies: Inuit youth in a small community gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this true-story account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience.
The Lie: In this thriller from Toronto-born writer-director Veena Sud, two parents wrestle with the consequences of their teenage daughter’s lethal mistake, proving just how far any parent would go to protect their child.
MOUTHPIECE: Patricia Rozema (I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING) adapts the award-winning two-woman play by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, about an aspiring writer attempting to reconcile her feminism with the conformist choices of her mother following her mother’s sudden death.
Sharkwater Extinction: Late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s last documentary is a thrilling exposé on the illegal shark-fin industry and a rousing call to save an imperiled animal from the edge of extinction.
Through Black Spruce: Don McKellar and his marquee cast — featuring Tantoo Cardinal, Brandon Oakes, Graham Greene and a dazzling Tanya Beatty in the lead — explore the way a young Cree woman’sdisappearance traumatizes her family and triggers events in two worlds: in Moosonee, the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago, and Toronto, where she modelled before vanishing.
(Images, videos and descriptions courtesy of TIFF)