TIFF ’14 Press Conference

BuX7zfTCEAAi8PAWe visited Toronto’s landmark Fairmont Royal York Hotel today to attend the TIFF ’14 Press Conference. Canadian filmmakers from all over the country gathered, some of whom were given the honour of speaking to the press conference audience to promote their films. The most anticipated Canadian films were highlighted and attendees were given a sneak peek of those shorts, features, and documentaries that were specially mentioned.

Unfortunately, we at FMA feel that the press conference was actually quite rushed! Many deserving films were only given the briefest of mentions. Below is a list of Canadian films we recommend to look out for at this year’s TIFF* (some of which were highlighted at the press conference, and others that were barely mentioned):

Special Presentations

An Eye for Beauty (Le régne de la beauté) – Denys Arcand, Canada (Toronto Premiere): Luc, a talented young architect, lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie in the stunning area of Charlevoix. He has a beautiful house, a pretty wife, dines often with friends, plays golf and tennis, and goes hunting — leading a perfect life, one might say. One day, he accepts to be a member of an architectural jury in Toronto. There, he meets Lindsay, a mysterious woman who will turn his life upside down. Starring Éric Bruneau, Mélanie Thierry, Melanie Merkosky and Marie-Josée Croze.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54aww_bgW10

Mommy – Xavier Dolan, Canada (Toronto Premiere): In a fictional Canada, where a new law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system, Die Despres, a feisty widow, tries to cope with Steve, her wild yet charming ADHD son. While they both try to make ends meet and live under the same roof, Kyla, their mysterious neighbour, offers her help. As Kyla’s heartwarming presence becomes increasingly intense, questions emerge about her own mysterious life, and the way her destiny may ultimately be linked to that of Steve and Die. Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement, and Antoine Olivier Pilon.
Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETPU_kKEf7o

October Gale – Ruba Nadda, Canada (World Premiere): Helen, a doctor mourning the sudden passing of her beloved husband, has retreated to their beautiful island cabin to put his things in order. Unable and unwilling to return to her job and normal life in the city, she stays alone at the remote cabin. When a small boat washes up on her shore carrying a mysterious man — unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound — Helen pulls him in and saves him, leaving her alone with this unknown and potentially dangerous stranger. Starring Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth.

Preggoland – Jacob Tierney, Canada (World Premiere): When 35-year-old Ruth ruins a baby shower with her juvenile antics, her old high school cronies — who are all mothers now — promptly de-friend her. Later, when she is mistakenly thought to be with child she is inexplicably welcomed back into the group. Although she initially tries to come clean, the many perks of pregnancy are far too seductive to ignore. Preggoland is a comedy about our societal obsession with babies and the lengths people will go to be part of a club. Starring Sonja Bennett.


Monsoon  – Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada (World Premiere): Part road movie, part spectacle, part drama, Monsoon is Sturla Gunnarsson’s mediation on chaos, creation and faith, set in the land of believers. The subject is the monsoon, the incomparably vast weather system that permeates and unifies the varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion inhabitants.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqO115k9BAE&list=PLPJzOOpIAFE_uhlMUXeyViO2LGPJHmViZ&index=56


Bang Bang Baby  – Jeffrey St. Jules, Canada (World Premiere): A small-town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock-star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare. Starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and David Reale.

Guidance – Pat Mills, Canada (World Premiere): A closeted former child actor, an out-of-work alcoholic, fakes his résumé and gets a job as a high-school guidance counselor, where he thrives while giving bad advice. Starring Pat Mills, Zahra Betham, Alex Ozerov and Tracy Hoyt.

Contemporary World Cinema

Love in the Time of Civil War (L’amour au temps de la guerre civile) – Rodrigue Jean, Canada (World Premiere): Alex is a young addict who sells his body in Montréal’s Centre-Sud district. He’s flanked by Bruno, Simon, Jeanne, Éric and Velma, all of them caught in the same spiral compulsion. Hostage to society’s market logic, they are fallen angels of a dark and violent time. Yet their beauty somehow survives, rebellious amid the ruins. From one fix to the next, desire becomes a life raft, as their bodies, exultant, seek to avenge the humiliation to which they are condemned. Orphans of a wild tribe, they live and love like restless vagrants in the shadows of society’s comfort and indifference. Starring 2014 TIFF Rising Star Alexandre Landry, Jean-Simon Leduc and Simon Lefebvre. We hope to see you at these premieres!

*All descriptions taken directly off of TIFF ’14’s News Release


In other news… Talent Lab Toronto

Now in its 11th year, the 2014 Talent Lab is a comprehensive four-day programme led by esteemed governors who will guide 20 emerging filmmakers in group discussion that focus on creativity, the artistic process and independent voices. This year’s governors include Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes), Claire Denis (Beau travail), Sandra Oh (Sideways) and Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes). Additional guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Open to both Canadian and international filmmakers, Talent Lab is designed to connect homegrown filmmakers with emerging talent from other countries at a time when the film industry is becoming increasingly international. Talent Lab runs from September 3 to 6, 2014.



Last, but not least… Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!

Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! challenge takes place on Monday, September 8 at 1 p.m. and is open to all Festival Industry and Press delegates. There are 6 finalists, but FMA will be personally supporting the partnership between Yanick Létourneau and Juan Andrés Arango for their film pitch: X Quinientos: Set in Mexico, Canada, and Colombia, X Quinientos’ three intertwining stories revolve around individuals who go through a radical physical transformation following the death of a loved one.


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