When TIFF comes around it can be easy to get lost behind all the celeb gossip and constantly researching for top celeb hangouts in hopes that you'll catch a glimpse of the A-listers. While that's all super fun and also part of the whole TIFF experience, the actual purpose of the festival hides behind all those celebs, the films. While attending the premieres that have red carpets filled with people like Meryl Streep and Ryan Gosling it can be difficult to focus on Canadian made films that are actually amazing. Here are the most anticipated films at TIFF 2019 that are Canadian!
What makes Canadian films so unique is their diversity. While there are other international films, Canadian films, because of our multiculturalism, give us a look at a rainbow of cultural experiences. There are in total 26 Canadian movies airing at TIFF and you can find them all here.
American Woman is an adaptation of the novel written by Suana Chois and follows Jenny, an activist who has been in hiding for many years. She's confronted by a publisher who convinces her to hide a group of revolutionaries who are writing a novel for him.
American Woman premieres at TIFF September 12 and 14.
Black Conlflux takes place in 1980's Newfoundland and follows teen Jackie who's navigating life into adulthood. She also lives in the same town as delusional Dennis who brings the concepts of toxic masculinity and isolation into her life.
Black Conflux premieres at TIFF September 6.
Clifton Hill is a psychological thriller about a woman named Abby who returns to her hometown in Nagara Falls following her mother's death. She's haunted with a childhood memory of a kidnapping she thinks she was a part of and becomes obsessed with uncovering her past.
Clifton Hill premieres at TIFF September 5 & 9.
It Must Be Heaven
Elia Suleiman explores the concept of nationalism and identity through vignette shots in international locations. The film includes a door at a church in Nazareth that refuses to open, Paris without its hustle and bustle, and a New York supermarket.
It Must Be Heaven premieres at TIFF on September 12, 14 and 15.
No Crying At The Dinner Table
No Crying at the Dinner Table is premiering at TIFF as part of a short program series. The short film follows Carol Nguyen as she interviews her own family to unveil generational barriers, grief, and secrets.
This film will premiere at TIFF September 10 and 15.
In this simple yet impactful movie, we experience the adult life through the eyes of a child as they wander a home under renovation. The absorption of chaos and adult anxieties are eventually seen through the child in disturbing ways.
Oracle premieres at TIFF September 8 and 14.
Tammy's Always Dying
Tammy's Always Dying follows Kathy who has been caring for her mother's alcohol addiction which also means dealing with her abuse. After years of living apart from her mother, she must move back in when she is diagnosed with cancer. This film showcases the sad life that accompanies children who grow up with parents with addictions.
Tammy's Always Dying will premiere at TIFF September 5, 8, and 14.
White Lie follows university student Katie who must keep up the lie that she is a cancer patient. While trying to keep up the fabrication we get a critical look at the negative effects of social media.
White Lie premieres at TIFF September 7 and 13.