The top Canadian film prizes for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival went to a pair of quiet films.
The Best Canadian Feature Film went to The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparution des lucioles) from director Sébastien Pilote. This puts the film in strong contention for Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film that should be announced soon. Pilote once again takes us into rural Quebec. Karelle Tremblay stars in the film where she falls for an older guy in an small industrial town.
The Best Canadian First Feature Film went to Roads in February from director Katherine Jerkovic. While the film starts out in Montréal, the majority of the scenery is in Uruguay. Sarah (below) has just lost her father and visits her paternal grandmother in Uruguay.
"The only thing left to do now is learn from what people will see and say. I've come to a point where I need to share the film with the world." — Xavier Dolan on letting people see The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which debuted last week at 2018 TIFF.
There will be no spoilers. The film has made its world premiere. Hopefully, I will see the film in Windsor and hoping for a halfway decent U.S. run.
Natalie Portman and Thandie Newton are both featured in the Xavier Dolan film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Portman and Newton were both interviewed by Tom Power on Q. Newton's interview covered a few topics including the Dolan film. The Portman interview talked about Vox Lux, but not the Dolan film. We know that happens sometimes: Ellen Page had 3 films in the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. But Q could have mentioned the Dolan film in that interview even at the end.
Jerkovic was part of the 35% of filmmakers at TIFF 2018 who are female. TIFF has a goal of 50/50 for female filmmakers by 2020.
Geena Davis suggested the problem of onscreen inequality should start with kids content. Davis spoke at a Time's Up rally during TIFF's Share Her Journey. "Onscreen representation is the most urgent — why are we training kids to have unconscious gender bias at an early age, when we know it's so hard to get rid of?"
Davis was in Don't Talk to Irene, a Canadian film that played at TIFF 2017.
Drake normally represents Toronto on a massive scale but cancelled at the last minute for the opening night premiere of Monsters and Men, for which Drake is an executive producer.
Some films that aren't Canadian have some Canadian roots. A good example is The Sisters Brothers based on the novel from Canadian author Patrick deWitt.
TIFF Rising Stars
We profiled the 2018 class of TIFF Rising Stars here. Here is the list from all the years.
2011 Sarah Allen, Katie Boland, Sarah Gadon, Keon Mohajeri
2012 Tatiana Maslany, Connor Jessup, Charlotte Sullivan, Charlie Carrick
2013 Megan Park, Johnathan Sousa, Evelyne Brochu, Cara Gee
2014 Shannon Kook, Sophie Desmarais, Alexandre Landry, Julia Sarah Stone
2015 Deragh Campbell, Stephan James, Aliocha Schneider, Karelle Tremblay
2016 Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay, Sophie Nélisse
2017 Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin, Ellen Wong
2018 Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, Jess Salgueiro
Best Canadian Feature Film
I have seen a few of these films, including Closet Monster.
|2018||The Fireflies Are Gone||Sebastien Pilote|
|2017||Les Affamés||Robin Aubert|
|2016||Those Who Make Revolution Halfway
Only Dig Their Own Graves
|Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie|
|2015||Closet Monster||Stephen Dunn|
|2014||Felix and Meira||Maxime Giroux|
|2013||When Jews Were Funny||Alan Zweig|
|2012||Laurence Anyways||Xavier Dolan|
|2011||Monsieur Lazhar||Philippe Falardeau|
|2009||Cairo Time||Ruba Nadda|
|2008||Lost Song||Rodrigue Jean|
|2007||My Winnipeg||Guy Maddin|
|2006||Manufactured Landscapes||Jennifer Baichwal|
|2004||It's All Gone Pete Tong||Michael Dowse|
|2003||Les Invasions Barbares||Denys Arcand|
|2001||Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)||Zacharias Kunuk|
|1999||The Five Senses||Jeremy Podeswa|
|1997||The Sweet Hereafter||Atom Egoyan|
|The Hanging Garden||Thom Fitzgerald|
|1996||Long's Day Journey Into The Night||David Wellington|
|1995||Live Bait||Bruce Sweeney|
|1993||Kanehsatake: 270 Years Of Resistance||Alanis Obomsawin|
|1992||Requiem Pour Un Beau Sans-Coeur||Robert Morin|
|1991||The Adjuster||Atom Egoyan|
|1988||The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick||Allan Goldstein|
|1987||Family Viewing||Atom Egoyan|
|1986||Le Déclin De L'empire Américain||Denys Arcand|
|1985||Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga Of Hal C. Banks||Donald Brittain|
|1984||La Femme De L'hôtel||Léa Pool|
|Best Canadian Feature Film (1991-present); Excellence in Canadian Production (1984-1990).|
Best Canadian First Feature Film
Haven't seen too many of these films: exceptions being Sleeping Giant, Marion Bridge, and Last Night. Finally saw Old Stone. Some of those titles are quite enticing.
|2018||Roads in February||Katherine Jerkovic|
|2017||Luk' Luk'l||Wayne Wapeemukwa|
|2016||Old Stone||Johnny Ma|
|2015||Sleeping Giant||Andrew Cividino|
|2014||Bang Bang Baby||Jeffrey St. Jules|
|2013||Asphalt Watches||Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver|
|2011||Edwin Boyd||Nathan Morlando|
|2010||The High Cost of Living||Deborah Chow|
|2009||The Wild Hunt||Alexandre Franchi|
|2008||Before Tomorrow||Marie-Hélène Cousineau|
|Madeline Piujuq Ivalu|
|2007||Un Film Sans Fusil Continental||Stéphane Lafleur|
|2006||Sur La Trace D'igor Rizzi||Nöel Mitrani|
|2005||The Life And Hard Times Of Guy Terrifico||Louise Archambault, Michael Mabbott|
|2004||La Peau Blanche||Daniel Roby|
|2003||Love, Sex and Eating The Bones||Sudz Sutherland|
|2002||Marion Bridge||Wiebke Von Carolsfeld|
|2000||La Moitié Gauche Du Frigo||Philippe Falardeau|
|1999||Just Watch Me:||Catherine Annau|
|Trudeau and The 70's Generation|
|1998||Last Night||Don McKellar|
|As determined by the Toronto International Film Festival.|
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