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These 26 Canadian movies are coming to TIFF 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival revealed its 68 gala and special presentation films last week. But as we move closer and closer to the festival, which runs from September 8 to 18, TIFF will continue to release information about its robust roster of screenings.

Today it announced its lineup of Canadian features, which includes work from notable directors such as Xavier Dolan, Alanis Obomsawin and Deepa Mehta.

While many will rush to see Dolan's Cannes Gran Prix-winning It's Only the End of the World, there are numerous other films that look promising, especially among the documentary titles.

Fred Peabody's All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone looks at how investigative journalists work beyond the confines of the mainstream media, while Dilip Mehta's Mostly Sunny explores how Sarnia's Sunny Leone transformed from a small-town girl to a Penthouse cover girl and then to a Bollywood Star.

Ann Marie Fleming's animated feature Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) seems like it'll be especially dreamy as it follows the journey of a young poet. It includes the voices of Ellen Page, Sandra Oh and Don McKellar. And Below Her Mouth, directed by April Mullen, about a weekend affair between two women, is having its world premier at the festival.

Deepa Mehta's Anatomy of Violence takes us back to 2012 when a woman was gang raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. Her film uses 11 actors to present a fictionalized account of the lives of the rapists.

In Alanis Obomsawin documentary We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice , she looks at the 2007 court case that put Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations against the Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

There's also a Canadian title under the Primetime category and Toronto music fans will be happy to note it's the web series nirvanna the band the show about two roommates who are trying to score a gig. The show's making the leap from the internet to the big (well, small) screen.

Here's the full lineup of Canadian films TIFF announced today:


  • Deepa Mehta's Anatomy of Violence
  • Alanis Obomsawin's We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

Special Presentations

  • April Mullen's Below Her Mouth
  • Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World
  • Nathan Morlando's Mean Dreams
  • Kim Nguyen's Two Lovers and a Bear
  • Bruce McDonald's Weirdos
  • Ann Marie Fleming's Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)


  • Fred Peabody's All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone
  • Nicholas de Pencier's Black Code
  • Hubert Davis's Giants of Africa
  • Dilip Mehta's Mostly Sunny
  • Brigitte Berman's The River of My Dreams
  • Jamie Kastner's The Skyjacker's Tale
  • Hugh Gibson's The Stairs

Contemporary World Cinema

  • Chloé Robichaud's Boundaries
  • Juan Andrés Arango's X Quinientos


  • Anne Émond's Nelly


  • Tony Elliott's ARQ
  • Kevan Funk's Hello Destroyer
  • Stella Meghie's Jean of the Joneses
  • Johnny Ma's Old Stone
  • Vincent Biron Prank
  • Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf


  • Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol's nirvanna the band the show

TIFF Cinematheque

  • Sidney J. Furie's A Cool Sound from Hell
    • Image from It's Only the End of the World.

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