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TIFF Short Cuts Line-up Includes 19 Canadian Films

Doc front taps Karsten Wall, Miryam Charles, and Ryan McKenna among Canadian works

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42 short films join the line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF released the Short Cuts selections, which draw from 23 countries. Over half of the titles credit women directors, while 19 of the Short Cuts films are Canadian productions or co-productions.

“We are thrilled to be able to present such a diverse array of incredible new works by emergent and established film talents from all over the world,” said Short Cuts lead programmer Jason Anderson in a statement from the Festival. “We were knocked out by the level of craft and ingenuity in these films, as well as the boldness displayed by so many filmmakers as they explore subjects and themes that couldn’t be timelier or more personal. That’s especially true of the films we’re grateful to present that are by female and female-identifying filmmakers, which comprise nearly 60 percent of this year’s selection.”

Documentaries hitting Short Cuts this year include the NFB production Modern Goose, directed by Karsten Wall. The latest film from the Winnipeg-based director flips the script on nature documentaries by observing Canada Geese and the impact of human activity on their habitat. Also coming from the NFB is the non-fiction animated short Aphasia. Directed by Marielle Dalpé, Aphasia promises an innovative study of the titular neurocognitive condition and features late actor Andrée Lachapelle (And the Birds Rained Down) in the French version and Clare Coulter (Three Pines) in the English version.


Hybrids and International Works

Meanwhile, Miryam Charles brings her latest film home after her hybrid doc This House made TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten last year. Her film All the Days of May should especially intrigue fans of This House as it offers an essayistic portrait of a mother’s grief when her daughter’s death becomes the subject of a film. Another doc hybrid comes in Ryan McKenna’s return to TIFF, I Used to Live There. The film features a photographer who connects with an actress for a photo shoot while losing his eyesight. It stars Dan Gerson and Monika Schneider as variations of themselves.

On the international front, the documentaries in TIFF Short Cuts include The Passing, which is the latest film from directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Xavier Bresnan (Pahokee). The Passing observes a tumultuous day in the life of Texas veterinarian Dr. Michael Mullen (no relation) as he makes house calls and helps peers deal with loss. Innovations in form come in Baigal Nuur – Lake Baikal, a German-Canadian co-production directed by Alisi Telengut. The animated experimental work considers the formation and history of Lake Baikal in Siberia.

On the dramatic front, Short Cuts includes appearances by Academy Award winner Riz Ahmed in DAMMI and Kaniehtiio Horn in Redlights, while filmmakers Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecracks) and Halima Ouardiri (Clebs) brings new films with Motherland and The Skates, respectively.


The full list of films announced for TIFF Short Cuts today is as follows:




Yann Mounir Demange | France | North American Premiere


La Perra

Carla Melo Gampert | Colombia/France | North American Premiere


Been There

Corina Schwingruber Ilić | Switzerland International Premiere


Primetime Mother

Sonny Calvento | Philippines/Singapore| World Premiere



Atefeh Khademolreza | Canada | World Premiere


Nun or Never!

Heta Jäälinoja | Finland | North American Premiere


Gaby’s Hills

Zoé Pelchat | Canada | North American Premiere





Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter | Iceland | North American Premiere


The Skates

Halima Ouardiri | Canada | World Premiere



Kasey Lum | Canada | World Premiere


Nada de todo esto

Francisco Cantón, Patricio Martínez | Argentina/Spain/USA | North American Premiere


1001 Nights

Rea Rajčić | Croatia | World Premiere



Eva Thomas | Canada | World Premiere



Daria Kashcheeva | Czech Republic/France/Slovakia | North American Premiere




This is TMI

Subarna Dash, Vidushi Gupta | India | International Premiere


Titanic, Suitable Version for Iranian Families

Farnoosh Samadi | Iran/France | World Premiere


All the Days of May

Miryam Charles | Canada | Canadian Premiere



Ana Cristina Barragán | Ecuador/Spain | World Premiere



Anubha Momin | Canada | World Premiere


Shé (Snake)

Renee Zhan | United Kingdom| World Premiere


Human Resources

Trinidad Plass Caussade, Titouan Tillier, Isaac Wenzek | France | Canadian Premiere


Making Babies

Eric K. Boulianne | Canada | North American Premiere




Alberto and the Beast

John Paul Lopez-Ali | USA | World Premiere


Mboa Matanda

Jules Kalla Eyango | Cameroon | World Premiere


Mothers and Monsters

Edith Jorisch | Canada | World Premiere



Ivan D. Ossa | Canada | World Premiere


Baigal Nuur – Lake Baikal

Alisi Telengut | Germany/Canada | North American Premiere


The Passing

Ivete Lucas, Patrick Xavier Bresnan | USA | North American Premiere





Mackenzie Davis | United Kingdom | World Premiere

A Bird Called Memory

Leonardo Martinelli | Brazil/United Kingdom | North American Premiere


Sawo Matang

Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto | Canada/Indonesia/USA | World Premiere



Marielle Dalpé | Canada | World Premiere


Ever Since, I Have Been Flying

Aylin Gökmen | Switzerland | International Premiere


I Used to Live There

Ryan McKenna | Canada | North American Premiere


This Is Not About Swimming

Marni Van Dyk | Canada | World Premiere




27 Flóra

Anna Buda | France/Hungary | North American Premiere


Xie Xie Ollie

James Michael Chiang | Canada | World Premiere


The Heart

Malia Ann | USA | International Premiere


6 Minutes Per Kilometer

Catherine Boivin | Canada | Toronto Premiere


Modern Goose

Karsten Wall | Canada | World Premiere



Spencer Creigh | USA | International Premiere



Jasmin Mozaffari | Canada | World Premiere

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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