TIFF ’16: Weirdos, Below Her Mouth get world bows

Other Canadian films to world-premiere at the festival include We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, Boundaries and Nelly.
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Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence, Alanis Obomsawin’s We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice and April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth are some of the Canadian features that will make their world premiere at TIFF this September.

The festival announced on Wednesday the Canadian films that will screen in a number of programs, including Special Presentations, Masters, TIFF Docs, Contemporary World Cinema, Vanguard and Primetime.

Weirdos will screen in the Special Presentations program alongside Below Her Mouth, with the remainder of the program rounded out with North American premieres for films from high-profile Canadian directors including Xavier Dolan’s Canada/France copro It’s Only the End of the World; Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams and Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear, all of which bowed at Cannes this year. Anne Marie Fleming’s Window Horses will also make its North American debut at TIFF, after premiering at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June.

In the Masters program, both Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence and Alanis Obomsawin’s latest documentary We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice will world premiere. The festival also announced a slate of world premieres in its TIFF Docs program, including Brigitte Berman’s Gordon Pinsent doc The River of My Dreams, Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone, cyberspace doc Black Code from Nicholas de Pencier, Hubert Davis’ Giants of Africa, Dilip Mehta’s Mostly Sunny, The Skyjacker’s Tale from Jamie Kastner and Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs.

In the Discovery program, three filmmakers will have world premieres: Tony Elliott’s U.S./Canada copro ARQ, Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer and Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf. Meanwhile, up-and-coming filmmaker Stella Meghie will give Canadian audiences a first look at Jean of the Joneses following its premiere at SXSW earlier this year. Johnny Ma’s Canada/China copro Old Stone will have its North American premiere in the program, as will Vincent Biron’s Prankwhich is debuting during Venice’s Critics Week.

Chloe Robichaud‘s Boundaries, previously titled Pays, will world premiere in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema program, alongside Juan Andres Arango’s Canada/Colombia/Mexico copro X Quinientos.

Nelly, the latest from Quebec director Anne Émond will have its world premiere in the Vanguard program, while The Dirties‘ director Matt Johnson will screen nirvanna the band the show, which he created with Jay McCarrol, in TIFF’s Primetime television program. That series will air on Viceland in 2017.

The festival also revealed the Canadian titles selected for its various shorts programs, including the world premiere of Molly McGlynn’s 3-Way (Not Calling), Jay Cheel’s Twisted, Jonathan Tremblay’s Whispering Breeze, Haya Waseem’s Shahzad and Fabian Velasco and Milos Mitrovic’s Imitations.

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