Canada will be well represented at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as a host of Canadian-made films have just been added to the festival’s already impressive lineup. Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in the biopic Born to Be Blue and Ellen Page’s Into the Forest will screen during the 10-day extravaganza, as will projects by Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar and Paul Gross.
The 40th annual festival will see a trifecta of Sutherlands on screen, with Rossif Sutherland’s River joining the previously announced western drama Forsaken, starring Rossif’s dad Donald Sutherland and brother Kiefer. On the family front, documentary maker Avi Lewis will present This Changes Everything – a film inspired by his partner Naomi Klein’s best-selling book by the same name.
Kingston, Ont.-native Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) returns to TIFF with her chilling adventure tale Into the Forest, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. The leading ladies play sisters fighting for survival in the face of a looming apocalypse. Into the Forest is Ellen’s second title at this year’s festival, as it has been revealed that her film with Julianne Moore, Freehold, will make it’s world premiere during the highly anticipated affair.
Ethan Hawke, who has already garnered rave reviews for his performance in the Canuck-made Born to Be Blue, told Variety that the film, “is not a conventional biopic, but rather a reimagining of Chet’s life,” and that it portrays, “not what was, but what could have been.” The role was a dream come true for the Boyhood star, who went on to say that, “I have been hypnotized by Chet Baker since I discovered him in Bruce Weber’s Let’s Get Lost.” Chet’s untimely death from a drug-induced fall also hit close to home for the star, saying, “Having lost River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman – two friends, two of the best minds of my generation – the tragedy feels particularly fresh to me.”