Tanya Tagaq’s documentary, Indigenous romance among Canadian titles added to TIFF list

Tanya Tagaq performs at the Polaris Music Prize Gala in Toronto on September 18, 2017.Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press

The Toronto International Film Festival rounds out its Canadian lineup with titles including a film by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, an Indigenous romance and a documentary about the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in Iran.

Local talent is also behind the TIFF closing film directed by Ontario director Mary Harron, Dalilandwhich stars Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali, with embattled actor Ezra Miller portraying the surrealist artist in his younger years.

TIFF unveiled the latest additions to its Canadian lineup at an industry event in Toronto on Wednesday.

Highlights include Tagaq’s Always Deadlyco-directed by Chelsea McMullan, which shows how the singer’s improvisational performances connect to the land where she grew up in Nunavut.

Anishinaabe filmmaker Darlene Naponse, who won TIFF’s Air Canada People’s Choice Award in 2018 for Falls around heris up for another hit at this year’s festival with Stellar. The film stars Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Braeden Clarke as star-crossed lovers who share a cosmic encounter at a bar in northern Ontario.

Among the documentaries on the bridge are that of Babak Payami 752 is not a number about the 2020 downing of a Ukrainian plane in Tehran that killed 176 passengers, and Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry on. on the life of the legendary Cree artist and activist.

Other Canadian titles on offer include:

  • Canadians Patrick J. Adams of Combinations and Douglas Smith of Great love star of the musical romance touring in Ontario, The oath jaralongside Adelaide Clemens of Rectify and famed stage and film actress Kathleen Turner.
  • Katherine Jerkovic, who won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF in 2018 for her feature debut, Roads in Februaryis back at the festival with Coyoteabout a cook-turned-cleaner in Montreal whose hopes of returning to the kitchen are dashed when he’s asked to take care of his grandson.
  • Colombian-Canadian musician and artist Lido Pimienta puts her talents at the service of the small screen with Lido Televisionwhich CBC presents as a “variety show with a mission: to help people cope with life in a world that sometimes seems to be falling apart”.
  • Toronto filmmaker Nisha Pahuja’s documentary, kill a tigerfollows a farmer in Jharkhand, India as he fights for justice in the gang rape of his 13-year-old daughter.
  • Edmonton-born, Toronto-based filmmaker Graham Foy continues to make waves on the festival circuit with The girlabout a trio of teenagers whose summer fun takes on a surreal twist.

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