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.