Canadian filmmakers Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer debuted "Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould" at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and are now taking a less-traveled road to Oscar consideration for their arthouse documentary: through Dan Talbot's Upper West Side Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
It's the difference for a U.S. theatrical release of a Canadian movie between one built on hope or on deliberate strategy.
U.S. distributor Kino Lorber Raymont premiered the film about the late Canadian classic pianist Glenn Gould at the taste-making Lincoln Plaza on Sept. 9 after securing impressive reviews from the New York Times and The New Yorker.
Kino Lorber topper Richard Lorber said the positive NYC reviews and Lincoln Plaza release puts the picture on the radar screen of national theatre bookers as a crossover art film, with DVD and VOD
- The Toronto International Film Festival Group (Tiffg) announced this year's top ten Canadian feature films including higher-profile pics and items from a set of new-comers. In addition, this year's group of 10 is actually a group of 20 - they've included a ten-list of short films as well. Chris LavisChris Lavis
Other titles making the Toronto festival cut include Peter Raymont's A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, Richie Mehta's Amal, Martin Gero's Young People Fucking and Yung Chang's Up the Yangtze.
Also turning up on the annual list, which is chosen by a 10-member panel of industry professionals, is Stephane Lafleur's Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil, Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg and Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments.
The Toronto festival list encompasses home-grown films that opened in 2007, or appeared in a Canadian festival.
Toronto also released for the first time a top 10 list of home-grown short films, which includes works by Canadian directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szcerzerbowski, Jeff Barnaby and Cam Christiansen.
"Both the top 10 features and shorts demonstrate the exceptional vitality and the cinematic achievements of our industry," said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.
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