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Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin bring latest to TIFF

Veteran Canadian filmmakers Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin and Bruce McDonald will premiere new films at TIFF this fall alongside the latest from younger peers like Xavier Dolan, Nathan Morlando and Kim Nguyen.

Xavier Dolan, Nathan Morlando, Kim Nguyen bring Cannes picks to Toronto fest

TIFF announced a diverse slate of Canadian films for this fall's festival on Wednesday, including movies by Xavier Dolan, Alanis Obomsawin, Deepa Mehta, Kim Nguyen and Bruce McDonald, left to right. (Canadian Press)
Veteran Canadian filmmakers Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin and Bruce McDonald will premiere new films at TIFF this fall alongside the latest from younger peers like Xavier Dolan, Nathan Morlando and Kim Nguyen.

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled on Wednesday a strong list of Canadian entries slated for this year's event, with the diverse lineup including films that highlight engaging figures, shocking events and social concerns. 

Mehta delves into the issue of gang rape with Anatomy of Violence, a fictional dramatization of the lives of the six men who, in 2012, sexually assaulted a young woman on a New Delhi bus before tossing her beaten and naked body onto the street.

In We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, acclaimed documentarian Obomsawin explores Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations' landmark human rights complaint against the federal government regarding discrimination against First Nation children on reserves.

McDonald's latest is the 1970s-set coming-of-age tale Weirdos, about a runaway who hitchhikes through the Maritimes with his girlfriend in search of his mother.

'Diverse, high-calibre work'

"We are thrilled to present a robust selection of projects from some of Canada's best filmmakers," senior TIFF programmer Steve Gravestock said in a statement. 

"From though-provoking documentaries and affecting dramas, to unconventional biographies and thrillers, to animated features, this year's selections highlight the diversity and high-calibre work produced in Canada."
Nathan Morlando, Xavier Dolan and Kim Nguyen, left to right, first premiered their films at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this spring. (Loic Thebaud)

Dolan, Morlando and Nguyen — among the Canadians who debuted new work at the Cannes Film Festival in the spring —  will launch the North American premieres of their films at TIFF: It's Only the End of the World, Mean Dreams and Two Lovers and a Bear, respectively. 

Dolan's End of the World earned the Grand Prix honour at Cannes.

Other Canadian titles getting the TIFF spotlight include:
  • Black Code, Nicholas de Pencier's documentary exploring privacy, democracy and censorship in cyberspace.
  • Giants of Africa, in which Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis follows Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri on his summertime basketball development camps in Africa.
  • The River of My Dreams, Oscar-winner Brigitte Berman's documentary portrait of acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.
  • Dilip Mehta's Mostly Sunny, the story of small-town Canadian girl Sunny Leone's transformation into adult film actress and, perhaps more surprising, a Bollywood and reality TV star.
  • Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming), Ann Marie Fleming's feature-length animated film about a poet embarking on a voyage of discovery.
TIFF also unveiled Canadian entries set for its short films and Wavelength lineups, as well as the quartet of up-and-coming young actors chosen for its annual Rising Stars spotlight: Sophie Nélisse, Jared Abrahamson, Mylène Mackay and Grace Glowicki.

TIFF 2016 runs Sept. 8-18.

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