Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood will make its world premiere as the opening night film for the Toronto International Film Festival's Perspective Canada programme.
Among the other 16 world premieres announced were Long Life, Happiness And Prosperity by Mina Shum and two Canada/UK co-productions, The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and Canadian actor Daniel McIvor's feature debut, Past Perfect.
Set in Toronto, Mehta's romantic comedy combines a Hollywood plot and a Bollywood morality play and stars several major stars of Indian cinema including Canadian-born Indian supermodel Lisa Ray, Indian actors Rahul Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak, Kulbushan Kharbanda and Ranjit Chowdhry.
Written and directed by Mehta, the film is produced by David Hamilton, and executive produced by David Hamilton, Ajay Virmani, and Camelia Frieberg. It is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media Inc.
The long-awaited return of Fitzgerald after the critically-acclaimed The Hanging Garden, The Wild Dogs is a drama about one week in the lives of several people in Bucharest, including a pornographer, a dog catcher and the wife of a diplomat.
MacIvor stars in his debut feature opposite Rebecca Jenkins in a story that takes place over two days two years apart in the life of a relationship.
Shum's new film, Long Life, Happiness And Prosperity reunites her with Double Happiness star Sandra Oh in a story about a young girl who tries using Taoist magic in an effort to help her mother with her financial troubles and bleak romantic life.
Perspective Canada World Premieres
The Baroness And The Pig - Michael Mackenzie
Bollywood/Hollywood - Deepa Mehta
Deadend.com - S. Wyeth Clarkson
Flower & Garnet - Keith Behrman
Long Life, Happiness And Prosperity - Mina Shum
Le Marais - Kim Nguyen
Marion Bridge - Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Le Neg - Robert Morin
Past Perfect - Daniel MacIvor, Canada/UK
Perfect Pie - Barbara Willis Sweete
Punch - Guy Bennett
Rub & Tug - Soo Lyu
Saint Monica - Terrance Odette
The Wild Dogs - Thom Fitzgerald, Canada/UK
Fix: The Story Of An Addicted City - Nettie Wild
Is The Crown At War With Us' - Alanis Obomsawin
The True Meaning Of Pictures - Shelby Lee
Adams' Appalachia - Jennifer Baichwal