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September 2013

Ontario Films Screening at TIFF® 2013 and Coming Soon to a Cinema Near You!

Looking to get away from it all, even for just a couple hours? Grab some popcorn and settle in - there are some truly excellent films coming to a cinema near you. If you like to discover films with an audience that is like no other, click on the links below and purchase tickets to these films screening at The Toronto International Film Festival, aka TIFF.®

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The thriller Enemy is based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who spots his exact double in a movie and sets out to find him - turning both their lives upside down in the process.

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The F Word, a romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (FUBAR), follows a young man named Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe, in his first romantic lead) who falls for a girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Unfortunately, Chantry already has a boyfriend, and Wallace struggles to accept that he has been “friend-zoned”.

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In The Art of the Steal, a TIFF® 2013 Gala Presentation, Kurt Russell plays a motorcycle daredevil and art thief ready to pull off one last job with his brother, played by Matt Dillon. Things don’t quite go as planned when the old team gets together to steal a priceless historical book. Directed by Jonathan Sobol, this comedy also stars Canadian actors Jay Baruchel and Katheryn Winnick.

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If you prefer your comedies black, you might like The Husband, a funny but at times gut-wrenching story of a man juggling a miserable ad-agency job, an infant son, and a wife in jail (for cheating on him with a fourteen year-old). Directed by Bruce McDonald.

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Credit / Courtesy: Photo © Edward Burtynsky /
Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

If you’re in the mood for a documentary, the visually-stunning Watermark is an excellent choice. Co-directed by photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, this informative and thoughtful film explores the ways that humanity uses (and abuses) one of our most vital resources - water.

Each of these exciting films was selected to be screened at TIFF® 2013 and each one was made right here in Ontario with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) Film Fund. The Fund, which provides funding to Ontario producers for feature films, has generated an estimated $424 million in GDP since its inception.


“OMDC drives investment and job creation in Ontario by working with talented local producers and attracting international productions as well,” says Karen Thorne-Stone, CEO of OMDC. “Our multi-billion dollar creative economy is putting us on the map and showing audiences all around the world, what Ontario has to offer!”

OMDC, an agency of the government of Ontario, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, interactive digital media, music, magazine publishing and film and television industries. Film and television are big business in our province: in 2012, the industry contributed $1.3 billion to provincial GDP and employed 29,000 people. Production has doubled since 2008 and keeps growing.

That’s because Ontario is a world-class jurisdiction for movie-making, thanks to prime locations, skilled crews, modern studios, visual FX services, competitive financial incentives, a world-class Film Commission, and other programs and supports. Blockbusters like Total Recall, Pacific Rim and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones have all shot in Ontario to take advantage of the sophisticated capabilities developed here.

For more great made-in-Ontario films to add to your viewing list, follow on Twitter @OMDCtweets or join on Facebook www.facebook.com/OMDCOnline

 

® Toronto International Film Festival Inc., used under license.

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