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TIFF 2019: Ellen Page’s Racism Doc, Imogen Poots’ ‘Castle in the Ground,’ Join Canadian Slate

Today, officials from the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its Canadian film lineup, including world premieres for films by Ellen Page, Joey Kline, Amy Jo Johnson and Jeff Barnaby.

Page and Gaycation co-host Ian Daniel’s doc, There’s Something in the Water, will feature in the TIFF Docs slot. The film follows environmental racism towards indigenous and African-Canadian communities in The Umbrella Academy star’s native Nova Scotia. The festival is also giving a Contemporary World Cinema slot to Joey Klein’s Castle in the Ground, an opioid addiction drama that stars Imogen Poots, Alex Wolff, Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist.

Newly booked in the special presentations section is the world premiere of Albert Shin’s mystery drama Clifton Hill, which stars David Cronenberg, Hannah Gross and Downton Abbey actress Tuppence Middleton as a self-destructive pathological liar.

The first Midnight Madness films were announced as well. Matthew Rankin’s historical political drama The Twentieth Century and Jeff Barnaby’s zombie drama Blood Quantum, which stars Michael Greyeyes and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers. Tailfeathers will make apparences at TIFF and is getting a North American premiere for her domestic violence drama The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. The film, which she directed with Kathleen Hepburn has already debuted in Berlin.

In the Contemporary World Cinema section are world premieres for the Felicity Huffman and Anastasia Phillips starring Tammy’s Always Dying, the second feature from director Amy Jo Johnson; White Lie, the psychological thriller from Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis’, with Kacey Rohl playing a student who fakes a cancer diagnosis; and Kire Paputts’ The Last Porno Show.

In the special events slot, TIFF announced Zacharias Kunuk’s One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, which receives a North American premiere in Toronto, while Myriam Verreault will screen her feature Kuessipan in the Discovery sector. Alanis Obomsawin returns to Toronto with her latest project, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, which can be seen in the Masters sidebar.

Other Canadian docs booked for the 2019 festival include Alan Zweig’s Coppers, which follos retired policemen, and Yung Chang’s This is Not a Movie, a story of veteran British war journalist Robert Fisk.

Rounding out the latest world premieres for Toronto are Louise Archambault’s And The Birds Rained Down, Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone,  Nicole Dorsey’s Black Conflux, Sanja Zivkovic’s Easy Land, Heath Young’s Murmur, Harry Cepka’s Raf and Aisling Chin-Yee’s The Rest of Us.

TIFF runs from Sept. 5 to 15. Make sure to keep it locked on Talkies Network for all the latest news from TIFF 2019. Talkies will be in attendance for the festival, so stay tuned for reviews and coverage from the event.

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