TIFF Canada Launched its preview of Canadian TIFF premieres at the Royal York in August 20i8 Season.
Also TIFF Canada announced the Canadian Rising Stars Festival’s Partial Lineup. The 2018 Canadian lineup consists of Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, and Jess Salgueiro, with Salgueiro, Johnson and Kurimsky all appearing in films in TIFF’s Official Selection.
Salgueiro is set to star in the Special Presentations program’s opening night film “MOUTHPIECE”, directed by renowned Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema and adapted from the award-winning play of the same name by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. Johnson, meanwhile, will appear in George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation “The Hate U Give”, which is a timely tale of police violence in the Black Lives Matter era alongside a star-studded cast that includes Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, and Issa Rae.
Kurimsky will star in Jasmin Mozaffari’s “Firecrackers”, a drama about the friendship of two young women desperate to escape their repressive small town. The Rising Stars news comes as a further 19 Canadian titles in the TIFF lineup were also announced on Wednesday, including work by directors Denys Arcand, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and the late Rob Stewart. Stewart’s film “Sharkwater Extinction” is being billed as a “Special Event World Premiere.”
Nine of the films listed are directed by women and 14 are world premieres.
Highlights from TIFF veterans include “Anthropocene”, which is being billed as “cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet” from Baichwal, de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Maxime Giroux’s “The Great Darkened Days” and Bruce Sweeney’s “Kingsway” are also on the lineup.
Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire” and de Pencier’s “The Grizzlies” are listed as special presentations.
Documentaries include Barry Avrich’s “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” and Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?”