WHAT TO WATCH AT TIFF: DGC ONTARIO MEMBERS AND PRODUCTIONS AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Here’s our roundup of the 20 films and series at the Toronto International Film Festival from September 8-18 made with the invaluable contributions of DGC Ontario Members.

GALA PRESENTATIONS:

Alice, Darling (World Premiere)

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Anna Kendrick captures the anxious psychology of a woman in an abusive relationship as her friends try to reconnect with her while on a cottage getaway.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Members who worked on Alice, Darling

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

Women Talking (International Premiere)

Director Sarah Polley’s fearless adaptation of Miriam Toews’ acclaimed novel about a cloistered world where women struggle with an epidemic of abuse.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Members who worked on Women Talking.

Brother (World Premiere)

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Director Clement Virgo’s staggering adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel, the story of two Jamaican Canadian brothers whose dreams are dashed by violent reality in 1990s Scarborough, is sure to be received as one of the most powerful films of the year.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Members who worked on Brother.

The Whale (North American Premiere)

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Brendan Fraser gives a career-defining performance in Darren Aronofsky’s arrestingly intimate drama about a reclusive English professor struggling with personal relationships and self-acceptance, adapted from the stage play by Samuel D. Hunter.

DGC Ontario’s Jill Purdy is the film’s Supervising Sound Editor.

DISCOVERY:

ROSIE (World Premiere)

The feature-film debut of Métis writer-director-actor Gail Maurice brings us to the fringes of 1980s Montreal as seen through the eyes of a sweet and suddenly orphaned Indigenous girl.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on ROSIE.

I Like Movies (World Premiere)

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The feature debut from Toronto’s Chandler Levack is a funny, touching, and empathetic look at a film- and self-obsessed teenaged curmudgeon pursuing his dreams and testing personal connections in early-2000s suburban Ontario.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on I Like Movies.

This Place (World Premiere)

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Canadian director V.T. Nayani’s feature debut, starring Devery Jacobs and Priya Guns, is a queer love story about two young women — one Iranian and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the other Tamil — living in Toronto and dealing with difficult family legacies.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on This Place.

When Morning Comes (World Premiere)

In the emotionally resonant feature debut from DGC Ontario Director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall (winner of TIFF’s inaugural Shawn Mendes Changemaker Award in 2020), a young Jamaican boy grapples with his widowed mother’s decision to relocate to Canada.

Soft (previously announced as Pussy) (World Premiere)

This matter-of-fact drama follows three queer Toronto kids whose friendship is tested over one pivotal summer by divided loyalties, differing social situations, and anger issues.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on Soft.

WAVELENGTHS:

Concrete Valley (World Premiere)

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This sensitive and Bressonian sophomore feature from Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear) is a complex portrait of care set in an immigrant community in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on Concrete Valley.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA:

Stellar (World Premiere)

Director Darlene Naponese’s dreamy love story about an Indigenous man and woman who meet and initiate a romantic relationship, setting off a cosmic chain of events that may save the world from destruction.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on Stellar.

The Swearing Jar (World Premiere)

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Director Lindsay Mackay’s The Swearing Jar is based on Kate Hewlett’s award-winning play of the same name, which she adapted for the screen. Billed as an intimate story told through music, comedy, subtly shifting timeframes and a few tears, it tells two love stories at once: exploring the joys and challenges of dating, marriage, heartbreak… and moving on. 

Click here for a complete list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on The Swearing Jar.

Nightalk (World Premiere)

In the latest feature from legendary Canadian director Donald Shebib (Goin’ Down the Road), the personal and professional collide when a police officer (Ashley Bryant) goes undercover on a phone-sex app to track a murder suspect, but soon finds herself on her own journey of sexual self-discovery.

Click here for a complete list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on Nighttalk.

DOCUMENTARY:

Ever Deadly (World Premiere)

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 Co-directed by DGC Ontario’s Chelsea McMullan, the documentary shows how Tanya Tagaq’s improvisational performances connect to the land where she grew up in Nunavut.

To Kill A Tiger (World Premiere)

The latest from Canadian documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja is a harrowing, courageous, and universally resonant look at an Indian family’s arduous quest for justice after a teenage girl is brutally assaulted.

DGC Ontario’s Mike Mann is one of the Picture Editors on this production (with David Kazala).

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On (World Premiere)

The life, music, and activism of legendary Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie are explored in this documentary that is as captivating as its subject, who smashed through barriers to become an inspiration to fans and fellow musicians alike.

DGC Ontario Director Peter Raymont is an Executive Producer.

PRIMETIME:

The Handmaid’s Tale S5, Episodes 1-2 (World Premiere)

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TIFF presents the first two episodes of season five of the acclaimed Margaret Atwood adaptation, which has become progressively eerier as the battle for reproductive rights wages across North America.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on The Handmaid’s Tale S5.

High School (Post Only) (World Premiere)

Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name by Canadian pop duo Tegan and Sara, Clea DuVall’s adaptation is a tender exploration of adolescent self-discovery.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on High School.

LIDO TV (World Premiere)

Created and hosted by music superstar Lido Pimienta, LIDO TV is a fantastically funny and insightful variety show that dexterously explores themes of colonialism, beauty, and feminism.

Click here for a list of DGC Ontario Members who worked on LIDO TV.

Short Cuts Programme 06:

The Chase

A working-class Punjabi immigrant couple gets the chance to turn the tables on those who’ve wronged and harassed them, in this deftly handled and keenly felt drama by Toronto’s Gurjeet Kaur Bassi.

Produced by DGC Ontario Director Katrina Saville.

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