Atom Egoyan’s psychological drama Chloe will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival while the North American premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée’s period biopic The Young Victoria will close the festival.
The two were among several Canadian titles added to the TIFF09 line-up of world and North American premieres, including new films from Peter Raymont, Peter Mettler and Jacob Tierney.
Among the higher profile North American premieres was Terry Gilliam’s Canada-UK coproduction The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, featuring the last screen appearance of Heath Ledger; Bernard Émond’s La Donation; and Vic Sarin’s Canada-Ireland co-production A Shine Of Rainbows.
World premieres screening as Special Presentations include Jacob Tierney’s The Trotsky, starring Jay Baruchel, Ruba Nadda’s Cairo Time, and Peter Stebbings’ Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson. World premieres in the Contemporary World Cinema selection include Rob Stefaniuk’s rock’n’roll vampire comedy Suck, featuring Iggy Pop, Alice Copper and Henry Rollins; Gary Yates’ High Life, Carl Bessai’s Cole, and Bruce Sweeney’s Excited.
Screening in the Real To Reel sidebar, noted documentarian Raymont presents Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould while his peer Peter Mettler, best-known for his cinematography on Manufactured Landscapes, presents another giant-scale project, Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands.
The Canada First! sidebar features several world premieres including Sook-Yin Lee’s directorial debut Year Of The Carnivore, Alexandre Franchi’s The Wild Hunt, Machotaildrop by Corey Adams and Alex Craig, and George Ryga’s Hungry Hills, by Rob King.
As well Cannes sensation Xavier Dolan will present the English-Canada premiere of I Killed My Mother (J’ai Tué Ma Mère).