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September 2015

Celebrating Ontario Filmmakers at TIFF® 2015! #ONcreates

OMDC congratulates all Ontario Filmmakers in the spotlight at the 40th Anniversary of The Toronto International Film Festival®. OMDC is proud to have nine OMDC Film Fund-supported features by some of our great Ontario Filmmakers at TIFF 2015 including: Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, Bruce McDonald’s Hellions, Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest, Alan Zweig’s Hurt, Robert Budreau’s Born To Be Blue and Andrew Currie's The Steps. As well as an Irish/Canadian co-production, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson based on the award-winning Emma Donoghue book by the same name. There is also a Brazilian/Canadian live-action animated feature directed by Pedro Morelli and co-produced by Rhombus Media called Zoom. What a stellar year!

TIFF® Gala Presentations - Beeba Boys
Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc.
Producer: David Hamilton* / Director/Writer: Deepa Mehta
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Paul Gross


A ruthless Sikh mobster leads his soldiers into a turf war for control of the Vancouver drugs- and arms-trafficking rackets, in this based-on-fact gangland drama from the great Deepa Mehta (Water, Midnight's Children).

*Congratulations David Hamilton on your nomination for the 2015 CMPA Feature Film Producer’s Award!


TIFF® Gala Presentations - Remember
Serendipity Point Films, Distant Horizon, Detalle, Egoli Tossell Film GmbH
Producers: Robert Lantos*, Ari Lantos / Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Benjamin August
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris

An elderly Holocaust survivor (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer) sets out to exact vengeance on the former concentration camp guard who murdered his family, in this compelling thriller from master director Atom Egoyan.

*Congratulations Robert Lantos on your nomination for the 2015 CMPA Feature Film Producer’s Award!


TIFF® Special Presentations - Born To Be Blue
Lumanity Productions, New Real Films, Black Hangar Studios
Producers: Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger, Jake Seal, Robert Budreau / Director/Writer: Robert Budreau
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie


Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter's struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback.


TIFF® Special Presentations - Into The Forest
BRON STUDIOS/​Rhombus Media/​CW Media Finance
Producers: Niv Fichman, Aaron L. Gilbert, Ellen Page / Director and Writer: Patricia Rozema
Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie

Two teenage sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a massive, continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic thriller from director Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing).



TIFF® Special Presentations - Room
Element Pictures, No Trace Camping
Producers: David Gross, Ed Guiney / Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.


TIFF® Contemporary World Cinema - The Steps
Quadrant Motion Pictures Inc.
Producers: Daniel Iron, Mary Anne Waterhouse, Andrew Currie, Jason James / Director: Andrew Currie
Writer: Robyn Harding
Cast: Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Christine Lahti, Vinay Virmani

A dysfunctional family's reunion at a lake house in Northern Ontario descends into chaos, in this ensemble comedy-drama from Canadian director Andrew Currie (Fido), starring James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Christine Lahti and Jason Ritter.


TIFF® Vanguard - Hellions
Storyteller Pictures, Whizbang Films
Producers: Frank Siracusa, Paul Lenart / Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Pascal Trottier
Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland

Seven years after his much-loved zombie thriller Pontypool, Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald returns to the horror genre with this deliciously creepy tale about a pregnant teen whose home is besieged by a ghastly crew of trick-or-treaters.


TIFF® Platform Programme - Hurt
MDF Productions Inc.
Producer: Peter Gentile/ Director/Writer: Alan Zweig
Cast : Steve Fonyo

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law.


TIFF® Vanguard - Zoom
Rhombus Media/​O2 Filmes
Producers: Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Director: Pedro Morelli
Writer: Matt Hansen
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill, Mariana Ximenes, Don McKellar, Tyler Labine, Jennifer Irwin, Jason Priestley

Animated and live-action worlds intersect as a filmmaker, a comic-book artist and a novelist tell each others' stories, in this Canadian-Brazilian co-production starring Gael García Bernal, Mariana Ximenes, Alison Pill and Don McKellar.

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