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TIFF announces top 10 Canadian films of 2016

The films will be packaged as a festival and play at Toronto’s Lightbox cinema January 13 through January 27, and at select cities including Vancouver (January 13 – 22), Montreal (January 14 – 31) and Edmonton (January 20 – 29) through the winter and spring.

Films directed by women in bold:

Angry Inuk - Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (National Film Board of Canada)
Hello Destroyer - Kevan Funk (Northern Banner)
It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) - Xavier Dolan (Les Films Séville/Entertainment One)
Maliglutit (Searchers) - Zacharias Kunuk (Isuma Distribution International/Vtape Distribution)
Mean Dreams - Nathan Morlando (Elevation Pictures)
Nelly - Anne Émond (Les Films Séville/Entertainment One)
Old Stone (Lao shi) Johnny Ma (FilmsWeLike)
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves(Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau) - Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie (K-Films Amérique)
Werewolf - Ashley McKenzie (La Distributrice de Films)
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) - Ann Marie Fleming (Mongrel Media)

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15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015* 

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American Honey, Andrea Arnold, UK/USA

Expect Oscar winner and perennial Cannes favourite Arnold to show up at the festival once more in 2015 with American Honey. Her first film to be shot in the U.S. follows a wild teen who travels across the country one summer following in the footsteps of a bunch of delinquent door-to-door sales kids.

Beeba Boys, Deepa Mehta, Canada

One of Canada’s most celebrated directors, Mehta’s latest project is new territory for her: a biopic on Indo-Canadian Bindy Johal, a B.C. gangster and drug trafficker. While the film already has distribution from Mongrel Media it seems like a likely bet it’ll show up at TIFF, where Mehta has deep roots, first.

By the Sea, Angelina Jolie, USA

Jolie’s third feature film is said to be an intimate European drama set in the 70s, about a disaffected married couple (played by Jolie and her real life husband Brad Pitt) who become obsessed with their neighbours.

Day Out of Days Zoe R. Cassavetes, USA

Cassavetes first film since her 2007 debut Broken English follows an unknown middle-aged actress (the star of her first short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, Alexia Landeau) as she tries to hack it in Hollywood. 

The  Dressmaker

Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse helms her first feature film in 18 years with The Dressmaker, in which Kate Winslet plays a fashion designer who returns to her small backwater Australian hometown in order to get revenge on those who wronged her. 

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*List does not include 2014 festival releases that will be distributed in 2015.