Canadian features Inch’Allah, Antiviral, Still to headline at TIFF


TIFF today unveiled its Canadian film program lineup, with features from Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Brandon Cronenberg and Michael McGowan as part of the special presentations selection.

“Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity,” said TIFF senior programmer Steve Gravestock in a statement.

“From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year’s festival will move audiences,” he added.

The festival will host the world premiere of Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah, produced by micro_scope (Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar), about a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.

Also receiving a special presentations world bow is McGowan’s Still, a story based on true events about 89-year-old New Brunswick man who faces jail time when the government tries to stop him from building a more suitable house for his ailing wife.

Getting their North American premieres are Cronenberg’s Antiviral, starring Caleb Landry Jones and Sarah Gadon, and as previously reported, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell.

Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways, which was released theatrically in French Canada in May and screened out of competition in Cannes this year, will get its Toronto premiere as a special presentation, along with Manon Briand’s Liverpool, about a coat check attendant who finds herself in the middle of criminal intrigue when she tries to return an unclaimed coat to its owner, and Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch), which bowed in Berlin and competed in Tribeca, winning best narrative feature.

The Discovery sidebar will include the world premieres of Jason Buxton’s Blackbird, Igor Drljaca’s Krivina and Kate Melville’s Picture Day.

And the Contemporary World Cinema program will have four world premieres, including The Crimes of Mike Recket from Bruce Sweeney, Sudz Sutherland’s Home Again, Sean Garrity’s My Awkward Sexual Adventure and Anita Doron’s The Lesser Blessed.

Also screening in the Contemporary World Cinema program is Rafael Ouellet’s Camion, a double-prize winner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it received its world bow, with its Toronto premiere at TIFF.

I Declare War, from Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson will have its world premiere as a selection in the Vanguard program, while Bernard Émond’s Tout ce que tu possedes (All That You Possess) will have its world premiere in the Masters sidebar, joining the previously announced doc The End of Time from Peter Mettler.

Documentary Revolution, from Rob Stewart, will make its world premiere in the TIFF Docs program, joining Simon Ennis’ Lunarcy!, Jamie Kastner’s The Secret Disco Revolution and Barry Avrich’s Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky, as previously reported.

The full lineup is as follows:

Special Presentations

  •  Antiviral Brandon Cronenberg, Canada/USA North American Premiere
  •  Inch’Allah Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Canada World Premiere
  •  Laurence Anyways Xavier Dolan, Canada Toronto Premiere
  • Liverpool Manon Briand, Canada Toronto Premiere
  • Rebelle Kim Nguyen, Canada Toronto Premiere
  • Still Michael McGowan, Canada World Premiere
  • Stories We Tell Sarah Polley, Canada North American Premiere


  • Blackbird Jason Buxton, Canada World Premiere
  • Krivina Igor Drljaca, Canada World Premiere
  • Picture Day Kate Mellville, Canada World Premiere
  • Tower Kazik Radwanski, Canada North American Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

  • Camion Rafaël Ouellet, Canada Toronto Premiere
  • The Crimes of Mike Recket Bruce Sweeney, Canada World Premiere
  • Home Again Sudz Sutherland, Canada World Premiere
  • My Awkward Sexual Adventure Sean Garrity, Canada World Premiere
  • The Lesser Blessed Anita Doron, Canada World Premiere


  • I Declare War Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson, Canada World Premiere


  • Tout ce que tu possèdes (All That You Possess) Bernard Émond, Canada World Premiere


  • Revolution Rob Stewart, Canada World Premiere

Short Cuts Canada

The Toronto International Film Festival will this year present 44 Canadian short films in the Short Cuts Canada program, selected from almost 700 entries.

“Films in this year’s program have global reach and will appeal to audiences worldwide,” said programmer Alex Rogalski in a statement. “This year’s films are short in length, but long on impression.”

Screening in the program are Charles Officer’s 100 Musicians, Mike Clattenburg’s Crackin’ Down Hard, CFC short Frost from Jeremy Ball, Tess Girard’s Old Growth, and the latest in the original-film-turned-viral-Youtube-meme Shit Girls Say from Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey, all with world premieres, while Chloe Robichaud’s Herd Leader, which screened in competition at Cannes, will get its Canadian premiere.

The full line-up is as follows:

  •  100 Musicians Charles Officer, ON, 8′ World Premiere
  •  A Pretty Funny Story Evan Morgan, ON, 19′ World Premiere
  •  American Sisyphus Frieda Luk, ON, 7′ World Premiere
  •  Asian Gangs Lewis Bennett and Calum MacLeod, ON, 9′
  •  Aubade (L’Aubade) Carla Susanto, ON, 2′ World Premiere
  • Bardo Light Connor Gaston, BC, 11′ World Premiere
  • Barefoot Danis Goulet, ON, 11′ World Premiere
  • Broken Heart Syndrome Dusty Mancinelli, ON, 16′ World Premiere
  • Bydlo Patrick Bouchard, QC, 9′ Toronto Premiere
  • CanoeJacked Jonathan Williams, ON, 6′ World Premiere
  • Crackin’ Down Hard Mike Clattenburg, NS, 10′ World Premiere
  • The Dancing Cop Kelvin Redvers, BC, 7′ World Premiere
  • Dear Scavengers Aaron Phelan, ON, 9′ World Premiere
  • Frost Jeremy Ball, ON, 13′ World Premiere
  • The Genius from Quintino Johnny Ma, ON, 14′ North American Premiere
  • Herd Leader (Chef de meute) Chloe Robichaud, QC, 13′ Canadian Premiere
  • H’Mong Sisters Jeff Wong, BC, 14′ World Premiere
  • Horrible Things (Les choses horrible) Vincent Biron, QC, 12′ World Premiere
  • How to be Deadly Nik Sexton, ON, 16′ North American Premiere
  • I’m Beginning to Miss You Sakay Ottawa, ON, 3′ Toronto Premiere
  • Apart Theodore Ushev, QC, 4′ World Premiere
  • Keep a Modest Head (Ne crâne pas sois modeste) Deco Dawson, MB, 20′ World Premiere
  • Let the Daylight into the Swamp Jeffrey St. Jules, ON, 35′ World Premiere
  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Stephen Dunn, ON, 14′ World Premiere
  • Lingo Bahar Noorizadeh, BC, 13′ World Premiere
  • Lost In Motion Ben Shirinian, ON, 2.5′
  • Malody Philip Barker, ON, 12′ North American Premiere
  • Model Dylan Reibling, ON, 4′
  • The Near Future (Le futur proche) Sophie Goyette, QC, 18′ Toronto Premiere
  • Nostradamos Maxence Bradley, QC, 9′ Toronto Premiere
  • Old Growth Tess Girard, ON, 5′ World Premiere
  • The Pool Date Patrick Sisam, ON, 7′ World Premiere
  • Reflexions Martin Thibaudeau, QC, 5′ World Premiere
  • Safe Room Elizabeth Lazebnik, ON, 11′ World Premiere
  • Shit Girls Say Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey, ON, 2′ World Premiere
  • Struggle (Faillir) Sophie Dupuis, QC, 24′ World Premiere
  • Sullivan’s Applicant Jeanne Leblanc, QC, 11′ North American Premiere
  • The Tape Matt Austin, ON, 5′ World Premiere]
  • Their Feast (Waleematehom) Reem Morsi, BC, 20′ World Premiere
  • Tuesday Fantavious Fritz, ON, 14′ World Premiere
  • Vive la Canadienne Joe Cobden, QC, 4′ World Premiere
  • When You Sleep Ashley McKenzie, NS, 12′ World Premiere
  • With Jeff (Avec Jeff, à moto) Marie-Eve Juste, QC, 14′ North American Premiere
  • The Worst Day Ever Sophie Jarvis, BC, 11′ World Premiere