Daily | Toronto 2013 Lineup, Round 4

Tom at the Farm

‘Tom at the Farm’

The Toronto International Film Festival‘s announced a round of Canadian titles that’ll be screening in various programs of its 2013 edition, running from September 5 through 15. As a reminder, these are the previous three rounds. 1: Galas and Special Presentations. 2: Midnight Madness. And 3: TIFF Docs, Vanguard, City to City (Athens), and TIFF Cinematheque. The new titles, with descriptions from the festival and a few additional notes…


Louise Archambault‘s Gabrielle. “Archambault follows her smart and refreshing debut feature Familia with this tender drama about a developmentally challenged young woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom.”

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark. “Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.”

Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm. “Follows a grief-stricken man who visits his dead lover’s parents—only to discover that they were unaware of their son’s sexual orientation.” Set to premiere in Venice.

Michael Dowse’s The F Word. “FUBAR and Goon director Michael Dowse makes a surprising swerve into sweetness with this winning romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.”

The Husband

‘The Husband’

Bruce McDonald‘s The Husband. “Saddled with a lousy job, an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency employee struggles to deal with his impotent rage, in this gutsy black comedy.”

Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. Also headed to San Sebastian, which calls it a “mysterious thriller played out in the subconscious of a man in crisis: Adam leads a monotonous life until he discovers Anthony, a small-time actor physically identical to him.” With Jake Gyllenhaal.


Catherine Martin‘s Une Jeune Fille (A Journey). “Inspired by Robert Bresson’s classic Mouchette, the new film from Catherine Martin (Trois temps après la mort d’Anna, L’esprit des lieux) follows a teenage girl who flees an unbearable home life for the rugged beauty of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula.”

Richie Mehta’s Siddharth. “Mehta follows his award-winning debut feature Amal with this powerful and heart-rending tale about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son.”

Terry Miles’s Cinemanovels. “The estranged daughter of a famous, recently deceased Quebecois filmmaker undertakes a mission to mount a retrospective of her father’s work, in this slyly funny family drama.”

Le Démantèlement

‘Le Démantèlement’

Sébastien Pilote’s Le Démantèlement. “The stoic patriarch of a Quebec farmstead makes a dramatic sacrifice on behalf of his daughter in this poignant sophomore feature.”

Peter Stebbings’s Empire of Dirt. “Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past, in this powerful and affecting drama.”

Bruce Sweeney’s The Dick Knost Show. A “keenly observed and wickedly funny media satire about a self-absorbed sports-radio shock jock whose controversial social-media missive makes him the target of network scrutiny.”

Ingrid Veninger’s The Animal Project. “A Toronto theater director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favorite Ingrid Veninger (MODRA, i am a good person/i am a bad person).”

Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s Stay. “Taylor Schilling (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) stars as a newly-single pregnant woman who confronts an uncertain future in the long-awaited sophomore drama from Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge).”


Rhymes for Young Ghouls

‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls’

Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls. “Guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother, an Aboriginal teenager plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent this fiercely irreverent debut feature.”

Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons. “Making one of his final screen performances, the late Corey Monteith leads a superb Canadian ensemble in this sharply nuanced comic drama.”

Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run. “This stylish and slyly comic chronicle of a young woman’s sexual awakening is the highly anticipated feature debut.”


Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires’s Triptych. “A Montreal bookseller with psychiatric issues, a German brain surgeon with a hand tremor, a jazz singer struggling to remember the timbre of her father’s voice: the lives of these three characters intersect in the sublime narrative geometry of this haunting adaptation of Robert Lepage’s celebrated theater work Lipsynch.”


Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia. “Queering the May-December courtship of Harold and Maude, iconic provocateur Bruce LaBruce (L.A. Zombie) returns with this subversively tender tale of the intimate bond between a teenage nursing home attendant and a sexagenarian resident.”

Asphalt Witches

‘Asphalt Witches’

Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s Asphalt Witches. “This hilarious, grotesque, and unique adult animated feature chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s trans-Canadian road trip as they encounter dull violence, rampant consumerism and unbridled eccentricity in small towns all over this wide, weird country.”


This year, for the first time, 24 hours after the premiere of each film in the Short Cuts Canada program—and there are 39 of them—it’ll be available to watch via TIFF’s YouTube channel.

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