TIFF announces Mary Harron’s Salvador Dali biopic as closing film

The Toronto International Film Festival rounds out its Canadian lineup with titles including a film by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, an Indigenous romance and a documentary about the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in Iran.

Homegrown talent is also behind TIFF’s closing night film Dalilanddirected by Ontario director Mary Harron, which stars Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali, with embattled actor Ezra Miller portraying the surrealist artist in his early years.

TIFF unveiled the latest additions to its Canadian lineup at an industry event in Toronto on Wednesday.

Tagaq’s movie Always Deadlyco-directed by Chelsea McMullan, shows how the singer’s improvisational performances connect to the land where she grew up in Nunavut.

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq performs onstage during the Pathway To Paris concert for climate action at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 5, 2017. A documentary film by the Nunavut-born artist titled Ever Deadly will be shown premiering at this year’s TIFF. (Kevin Kane/UNDP/Getty Images)

Anishinaabe filmmaker Darlene Naponse, who won TIFF’s Air Canada People’s Choice Award in 2018 for Falls around heris up for another hit at this year’s festival with Stellar. The film stars Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Braeden Clarke as star-crossed lovers who share a cosmic encounter at a bar in Northern Ontario.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry on, a documentary on the life of the legendary Cree artist and activist directed by Madison Thomas, has been announced, as well as that of Babak Payami 752 is not a numberabout the 2020 downing of a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran that killed 176 passengers.

Other Canadian Securities Offered

Tamil-Canadian writer and director VT Nayani is featured at a TIFF industry event on Thursday. Nayani’s film This Place is a queer love story set in Toronto between an Iranian woman and a Tamil woman. (Lisa Xing/CBC)
  • The feature debut of Tamil-Canadian writer and director VT Nayani This placestarring Devery Jacobs and Priya Guns, is a bizarre love story between a Tamil woman and an Iranian woman and kanienʼkehá꞉ka who meet at a Toronto laundromat.
  • Canadians Patrick J. Adams of Combinations and Douglas Smith of Great love Ontario-toured musical romance star The oath jaralongside Adelaide Clemens of Rectify and famed stage and film actress Kathleen Turner.
  • Katherine Jerkovic, who won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF in 2018 for her feature debut, Roads in Februaryis back at the festival with Coyoteabout a cook-turned-cleaner in Montreal whose hopes of returning to the kitchen are dashed when he’s asked to take care of his grandson.
  • Colombian-Canadian musician and artist Lido Pimienta puts her talents at the service of the small screen with Lido Televisionwhich CBC presents as a “variety show with a mission: to help people cope with life in a world that sometimes seems to be falling apart”.
  • Toronto filmmaker Nisha Pahuja’s documentary, kill a tigerfollows a farmer in Jharkhand, India as he fights for justice after the gang rape of his 13-year-old daughter.
  • Edmonton-born, Toronto-based filmmaker Graham Foy continues to make waves on the festival circuit with The girlabout a trio of teenagers whose summer fun takes on a surreal twist.

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