Arcand, Dolan, Tierney to Screen Titles at Upcoming Toronto Film Festival

By Kane, Laura | The Canadian Press, August 6, 2014 | Go to article overview

Arcand, Dolan, Tierney to Screen Titles at Upcoming Toronto Film Festival


Kane, Laura, The Canadian Press


Arcand, Dolan to screen at Toronto film fest

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TORONTO - A revered movie master and a much-feted up-and-comer -- both from Quebec -- are set to make a splash at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers revealed Wednesday afternoon that Oscar-winning movie-maker Denys Arcand is slated to unveil his latest, "An Eye for Beauty," at the fest, while Xavier Dolan will promote his Cannes smash "Mommy."

The celebrated pair of directors are at distinctly different stages of their careers.

Arcand, 73, is a celebrated veteran who won the foreign-language Academy Award in 2004 for "The Barbarian Invasions." At age 25, the prodigious Dolan has been on a white-hot career ascent with a flurry of acclaimed films including "Mommy," which made a serious run for the Palme d'Or earlier this year at the Cannes fest.

"I think the Quebecois are really hungry to see themselves on screen," said senior programmer Steve Gravestock. "But Xavier's a unique talent no matter where he came from. He's quite young and he's an extraordinary voice and he's a born filmmaker. That's very rare."

Dolan also stars in another feature set to unspool at the festival, Charles Biname's "The Elephant Song." The adaptation of the Nicolas Billon play also features Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener.

In announcing its Canadian lineup Wednesday, the Toronto fest also revealed it would screen new documentary "Trick or Treaty?" from acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

The documentary follows the journey of First Nations in northern Ontario as they seek to affirm their treaty rights. Obomsawin, 81, became emotional as she spoke about youth activism in the film.

"I also wanted to show in the film a wonderful large group of young people who have made up their minds to walk, some of them 1,600 kilometres, to Parliament Hill to let their will be known. It's a time that is very different from before. It says ... our young people are recognizing themselves and their ancestors," she said, her voice breaking.

The festival is also set to screen new works by Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda and Jacob Tierney.

Nadda -- who won the best Canadian feature award at the Toronto fest in 2009 -- will be on hand with "October Gale," which stars Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman and tells the story of a grieving widow who rescues a potentially dangerous stranger.

Tierney, who charmed Toronto audiences a few years back with "The Trotsky," returns with "Preggoland," about society's obsession with babies.

Gunnarsson, meanwhile, will reveal his documentary "Monsoon," about how the vast weather system affects India.

"Some people say that the monsoon is the soul of India," the 63-year-old director said. "It's a massive weather system that governs the conditions of existence for all of India. It's a subject of ritual and prayer and science. It's as close to God as a non-believer like myself is ever going to get."

Other Canadian documentaries set to screen at the fest are Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan's "The Wanted 18," about how 18 cows in a Palestinian village became symbols of resistance, and "The Price We Pay," a study of corporate tax evasion from director Harold Crooks. …

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