Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg is a personal portrait of the Canadian maverick's home town and was originally produced by the Documentary Channel. It had its world premiere at Toronto last year, where it won the Toronto City award for best Canadian feature. In the wake of the festival it was sold to IFC Entertainment in the US, Soda Pictures in the UK and Maximum Films Distribution in Canada. It was released in the US in June this year, grossing $200,000.
David Cronenberg's violent thriller world premiered at Toronto in 2007, winning the People's Choice Award, before going on to open San Sebastian and London. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for best film, a Bafta for best British film and a Cesar for best foreign film, while Viggo Mortensen's performance as a Russian mafia enforcer earned him a Golden Globe, Bafta and Oscar nomination. Sold internationally by Focus Features and distributed in the UK by Pathe, Eastern Promises grossed $17.3m in the US and $55.4m worldwide.
Jason Reitman was back in Toronto last year with the world premiere of Juno, after winning the best first feature award for Thank You For Smoking in 2006. The dry comedy about a pregnant teenager was a runner up for the audience award. It went on to be nominated for four Oscars including best film and best director and made stars of lead Ellen Page and writer Diablo Cody, who took the best original screenplay Oscar. Juno's Oscar nominations helped turn it into a surprise box-office hit, grossing $143.5m in the US. Distributed across most of the rest of the world by Twentieth Century Fox, Juno took $230m worldwide. Reitman and Cody are now collaborating on Jennifer's Body, to be released in 2009.
Body Of War
Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, this hard-hitting documentary was the joint runner up for the audience award at Toronto 2007. The film follows a US soldier struggling to readjust to civilian life after serving in Iraq, interspersed with archive footage of the politicians in Congress making the decision to send US troops to war. Body Of War went on to win the audience award for best documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was named as best documentary by the National Board of Review in the US. Released in March this year in the US by The Film Sales Company, it grossed $71,716 domestically.