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The Toronto Film Fes

tival has its Ris­ing Stars pro­gram to pro­mote emerg­ing Cana­dian tal­ent, but we like to cast a wider net. Of all film­mak­ers and per­form­ers in all the world, here are five TIFF at­ten­dees from whom we ex­pect

great things.

Clio Barnard

Di­rec­tor, The Self­ish Gi­ant Barnard de­fined her­self as a ma­jor tal­ent out of the gate with her fas­ci­nat­ing ex­per­i­men­tal doc­u­men­tary The Ar­bor, which ex­plored the short life of English play­wright An­drea Dun­bar by hav­ing ac­tors lip­sync audio in­ter­views with the sub­ject’s real fam­ily and friends. Now she’s com­ing to TIFF with a con­tem­po­rary re­work­ing of Os­car Wilde’s 1888 fable, which wowed the Direc­tors’ Fort­night au­di­ences at this year’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

Sophie Des­marais

Ac­tor, Sarah Prefers To Run and

The Dis­man­tling She’s been knock­ing around the Que­bec film cir­cuit for years – ap­pear­ing in De­nis Vil­leneuve’s Polytech­nique, Xavier Dolan’s Heart­beats and De­nis Côté’s Curl­ing – but Des­marais is poised to break out in two TIFF films this year. In The Dis­man­tling, she brings lay­ers of his­tory and com­pas­sion to a small role as the daugh­ter of an ag­ing sheep

farmer (Gabriel Ar­cand), and in Sarah Prefers To Run she plays the ti­tle role, a driven young track star who mar­ries a friend so they can get schol­ar­ships to McGill. You don’t know her yet, but you will; she’s go­ing to be around for a while.

Karen Gil­lan

Ac­tor, Ocu­lus After two sea­sons op­po­site Matt Smith on Doc­tor Who, Scots ac­tor Gil­lan left the beloved cult show – and the fan-favourite role of Amy Pond – to

pur­sue a ca­reer in movies. This year’s Mid­night Mad­ness en­try Ocu­lus, which casts her as a young woman con­vinced that her fam­ily’s mis­ery is the re­sult of

a su­per­nat­u­ral curse, is the first to reach our shores… but don’t worry, it ain’t the last. She’s play­ing Neb­ula, the bald-pated vil­lain of next sum­mer’s Mar­vel team-up, Guardians Of The Galaxy. So, y’know, pay at­ten­tion.

Aaron Poole

Ac­tor, The An­i­mal Project A fix­ture on Cana­dian screens for a few years, Poole – who should have bro­ken out op­po­site Kristin Booth in This Beau­ti­ful City – has had a great year, star­ring in the sum­mer thriller The Con­spir­acy and get­ting some ex­po­sure in a re­cur­ring role on the his­tor­i­cal pro­ce­dural Cop­per. Next year

you’ll see him in Atom Egoyan’s Queen Of The Night and op­po­site Richard Drey­fuss and Ta­tiana Maslany in Cas & Dy­lan, but right now you can catch him as an act­ing teacher try­ing to get his stu­dents to make rad­i­cal choices in In­grid Veninger’s The Ani

mal Project.

Marine Vacth

Ac­tor, Young & Beau­ti­ful You’d never know that the star of François Ozon’s film about a high

school-age pros­ti­tute had never played a ma­jor film role. You can’t take your eyes off her – though you sorta have no choice, since she’s in almost ev­ery frame. But she car­ries the load, some­times silently, some­times ex­plo­sively con­vey­ing a teen’s grow­ing sense of her own sex­ual power. It’s not only be­cause of the sub­ject mat­ter (re­mem­ber Belle De Jour?) that she’s been called the new Cather­ine

Deneuve. NW/SGC

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