Toronto Film Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its 2008 lineup which will prominently feature the work of emerging Canadian filmmakers. This year’s festival runs from September 4-13, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival will debut new works from prominent homegrown filmmakers like Deepa Mehta and Bruce McDonald, as well as feature a Canadian lineup dominated by films where children are the stars.

Organizers unveiled a 64-film Canadian lineup of features and short films at a downtown Toronto hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

Canadian features include:

  • Mehta’s latest, Heaven on Earth, which stars Bollywood star Preity Zinta as a young Indian woman who emigrates to Canada for an arranged marriage.
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking, Kari Skogland’s portrait of British police recruit Martin McGartland, who infiltrated and spied on the Irish Republican Army during the 1980s.
  • One Week, Michael McGowan’s tale of a young man who when confronted with a devastating cancer diagnosis decides to embark on a cross-country road trip.
  • Philippe Falardeau’s coming of age drama C’est pas moi, je le jure! (It’s Not Me, I Swear!).
  • Bruce McDonald’s horror film Pontypool, an adaptation of the Tony Burgess novel about a deadly virus taking over the titular small Ontario town.
  • Toronto Stories, a collection of four tales about the city as witnessed by a young boy over the course of one day and directed by Sook-Yin Lee, Suz Sutherland, David Weaver and Aaron Woodley.
  • Edison and Leo, a stop-motion animated feature described as a “fairytale-gone-wrong” about an inventor who puts his family in danger as he tries to create the electric light bulb.
  • Control Alt Delete, a quirky romantic comedy set in the midst of the late 90’s tech boom about a computer geek obsessed with internet porn.
  • Cooper’s Camera, a 1985-set comedy about a dysfunctional family Christmas, told through the eyes of the family’s youngest son and via his newest present: a second-hand VHS camcorder.
  • Carl Bessai’s Mothers & Daughters, a look at strained relations between three women and their daughters.
  • Léa Pool’s Maman est chez le coiffeur, a family drama told from the viewpoint of a 12-year-old girl who must care for her father and brothers when her mother suddenly leaves.
  • Only, an Ingrid Veneger and Simon Reynolds film about a boy whose humdrum life at his family’s Northern Ontario motel is disrupted by the arrival of a young girl.

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