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TIFF ’17 Loads Up on Canuck Offerings from Côté, Nguyen, Lavoie, Zweig, Veninger, Pat Mills & Blake Williams

Denis Villeneuve and Xavier Dolan might not make it to the party with their studio and Cannes 2018 bound anticipated pics, but the Toronto Int. Film Fest has loaded programmes within their 2017 edition with several world preems from important Canadian auteurs. Among the eyebrow raising offerings are the North Americans preems to the Venice Film Fest selected Eye on Juliet from Kim Nguyen (3) and Locarno Film Fest items from Denis Côté (A Skin so Soft) and former IONCINEMA contributor Blake Williams‘ feature film debut PROTOTYPE (1).

A pair of pics that are worth keeping an eye out for is Simon Lavoie‘s fifth feature film in less than a decade in b&W offering The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (4) and Pat Mills‘ third outing with Don’t Talk to Irene (2) – both items are among the half dozen or so offerings that are included in the yet to be announced Contemporary World Cinema section. Here are the selections.

Eye on Juliet Kim Nguyen, Canada – North American Premiere

Our People Will Be Healed Alanis Obomsawin, Canada – World Premiere

The Carter Effect Sean Menard, Canada/USA – World Premiere
Living Proof Matt Embry, Canada – World Premiere
There is a House Here Alan Zweig, Canada – World Premiere

A Worthy Companion Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez, Canada – World Premiere
All You Can Eat Buddha Ian Lagarde, Canada – World Premiere
AVA Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar – World Premiere
Black Cop Cory Bowles, Canada – World Premiere
Cardinals Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, Canada – World Premiere
Luk’Luk’I Wayne Wapeemukwa, Canada – World Premiere
Mary Goes Round Molly McGlynn, Canada – World Premiere
Never Steady, Never Still Kathleen Hepburn, Canada – World Premiere

BLACK KITE Tarique Qayumi, Canada/Afghanistan – World Premiere
Don’t Talk to Irene Pat Mills, Canada – World Premiere
Les Affamés Robin Aubert, France/Canada – World Premiere
Meditation Park Mina Shum, Canada – World Premiere
Porcupine Lake Ingrid Veninger, Canada – World Premiere
Public Schooled Kyle Rideout, Canada – World Premiere
Pyewacket Adam MacDonald, Canada – World Premiere
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes) Simon Lavoie, Canada – World Premiere

Alias Grace Mary Harron, Canada/USA – World Premiere

PROTOTYPE Blake Williams, Canada – North American Premiere
Ta peau si lisse (A Skin so Soft) Denis Côté, Canada/Switzerland – North American Preem

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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