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TIFF 2010 Preview: A Veritable Eh-List of Canadian Cinema

As the Toronto International Film Festival gradually unveils its programming, we’ll be providing cheat sheets with each major announcement.

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Terry and ol’ Deaner give’r again in Mike Dowse’s Fubar II. Image courtesy of TIFF.

CATEGORY: Canadian cinema, i.e. those films from our home and native land.
HEAVY-HITTERS: Par for the course, this year’s festival cherry-picks the best features from our nation’s biggest filmmakers and those from hopeful up-and-comers. Local boy Bruce McDonald returns to his rock movie roots with Trigger, which casts Molly Parker and the late Tracy Wright as a rock duo getting back together after a decade-long hiatus. Twenty-one-year-old Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan is bringing his Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), which premiered to mixed reviews earlier this year at Cannes, to TIFF. The follow-up to his wildly successful J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), Les amours imaginaires chronicles two friends’ obsession with the same young man. It’s supposed to be funny, which is good considering that J’ai tué ma mère was also wildly depressing. The Trotsky writer/director Jacob Tierney also returns with Good Neighbours, a Montreal-set thriller featuring Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman and, incidentally, Xavier Dolan.
Perhaps the biggest announcement is that Mike Dowse’s Fubar II will make its world premiere in a Midnight Madness slot. TIFF snubbed the original Fubar when it was submitted for consideration in 2001, but it since went on to become one of the most successful Canadian cult films since, well, ever, proving that (shockingly) film festival programmers may not always share the tastes of the common Canuck film-goer. The sequel reunites headbanging hosers Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence) as they make trails to Fort McMurray to find work on the oil slicks. Expect the Midnight Madness crowd to be thoroughly, uniformly, beautifully loaded.
OF NOTE: Opening in a Gala spot at this year’s fest is Canadian Jonathan Sobol’s star-studded comedy A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, starring Harvey Keitel, Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer and Entourage‘s Scott Caan (all of whom are huge, enormous, stars). Also, Polytechnique director Denis Villeneuve presents his Incendies, a film about two brothers journeying to the Middle East following the death of their mother.
EVEN MORE: The National Film Board also announced three films that will be screening at TIFF this year, including Sturla Gunnarsson’s David Suzuki movie, appropriately titled Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, which promises to employ truths most inconvenient to guilt you into not leaving your lights on when you run to the store for milk and cigarettes.

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