Zom­bie flick among TIFF’s best Cana­dian movies of ’17

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The Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s list of the top 10 Cana­dian movies of 2017 is a wide-rang­ing slate that re­flects the di­ver­sity of film­mak­ing in this coun­try, or­ga­niz­ers say.

There’s the Que­bec-set, French­language zom­bie flick Les Af­famés by Robin Au­bert, which won the best Cana­dian fea­ture film award at TIFF in Septem­ber.

Also on the list un­veiled this week are a cou­ple of Indige­nous doc­u­men­taries: Our Peo­ple Will Be Healed by Ala­nis Obom­sawin and Rum­ble: The In­di­ans Who Rocked the World by Cather­ine Bain­bridge and Al­fonso Maio­rana.

Other ti­tles in­clude Al­lure, a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller star­ring Evan Rachel Wood and di­rected by sib­ling pho­tog­ra­phers Car­los and Ja­son Sanchez.

In Luk’Luk’I, five Van­cou­verites live on the fringes of so­ci­ety dur­ing the 2010 Win­ter Olympics. The drama-doc­u­men­tary hy­brid by Wayne Wapeemukwa, who is of Metis heritage, won TIFF’s best Cana­dian first fea­ture film award and the Di­rec­tors Guild of Canada’s 2017 Dis­cov­ery Award.

“These are sto­ries that re­ally run the gamut, from a genre film like Les Af­famés ... that trades in what we know about the con­ven­tions of the zom­bie hor­ror film but has a lot to say about Que­bec cul­ture as well,” says Cameron Bai­ley, the fes­ti­val’s artis­tic di­rec­tor.

“Then on the other hand you’ve got films like Luk’Luk’I and Rum­ble, and I think es­pe­cially Our Peo­ple Will Be Healed that re­ally speak to what I think is the most ur­gent story that Cana­di­ans are telling right now, which is the story of the relationship be­tween Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous Cana­di­ans.”

TIFF’s an­nual high­light­ing of home­grown movies is part of its Canada’s Top 10 Film Fes­ti­val, which in­cludes 10 days of screen­ings and events in Toronto and a cross-coun­try tour to Edmonton, Mon­treal, Ot­tawa, Regina, Saska­toon, Van­cou­ver and Win­nipeg.

The fes­ti­val kicks off Jan. 12, 2018 in Toronto with the com­edy Ad­ven­tures in Pub­lic School by Kyle Ride­out.

Other movies in­clude Sadaf For­oughi’s Tehran-set drama Ava, and Si­mon Lavoie’s The Lit­tle Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, about chil­dren who have to fend for them­selves af­ter their fa­ther’s death in ru­ral Que­bec in the 1930s.

The list also in­cludes Never Steady, Never Still by Kath­leen Hep­burn, about a mother bat­tling Parkin­son’s dis­ease, and Charles Of­fi­cer’s doc­u­men­tary Un­armed Verses, about res­i­dents fac­ing evic­tion from a low-in­come hous­ing block in Toronto.

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