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September 9, 2011

Canadian Films at TIFF

TIFF 2011
The Toronto International Film Festival is upon us, and with it, a crop of homegrown films from both new and established directors and stars. Here, a taste of what’s to come:

Bruce McDonald returns with Hard Core Logo, his hilarious and deftly written 1996 punk rock mockumentary (named the second best Canadian film in the past 15 years by Playback) and its anticipated sequel Hard Core Logo II.

Winnipeg’s Guy Maddin, best known for his film The Saddest Music in the World, premieres Keyhole, a dreamy, black and white “gangsters-meets-ghosts sonata” starring Isabella Rossellini and Jason Patric.

Keyhole Film

Keyhole film still by photographer Steve Ackerman, via Twitch

Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée presents Café de Flore, a crisply shot, multi-layered tale of amour fou, starring Mrs. Johnny Depp, French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis.

The iconic Canadian play Billy Bishop Goes to War is adapted to the big screen with acting legend Eric Peterson and John Gray reprising their roles from the original two-man play.

Sarah Polley returns to directing with Take This Waltz (the title is borrowed from Leonard Cohen’s classic song), a film whose romantic dilemma begins with an innocuous rickshaw ride and spirals into a full-blown affair. Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby and Michelle Williams star in this bittersweet journey of self-discovery.

Hockey meets Bollywood in Breakaway, a film that follows the Speedy Singhs, a Canadian-Sikh hockey team. The film explores the cultural and generational struggles between protagonist Raj and his disapproving Sikh father. Breakaway stars comedy legend Russell Peters and Rob Lowe.

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  1. Hearing about Hard Core Logo 2 is the best news ever!

    • Davina Choy

      Absolutely! We’ve had another very similar reaction on Twitter. There’s so much love for Hard Core Logo, which is good news for Bruce McDonald as he’s dropped hints at filming a THIRD instalment.


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