Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley and Sarah Gadon among the talent in our top 5 Canadian picks for #TIFF17

Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley and Sarah Gadon among the talent in our top 5 Canadian picks for #TIFF17

As Canada's biggest film festival, #TIFF17 always manages to feature a stellar line-up of Canadian features.

Among the hustle and bustle of all of the big Hollywood titles and celebrities that make up most of TIFF's impressively large lineup, there's a lot of homegrown talent to be found as well, and that's something that we as Canadian film lovers should consider when making our selections at the festival. It's a truly special experience to see a Canadian filmmaker, new or old, premiere their new film in a place they call home. This year, we are highlighting five Canadian entries that you should be sure to keep on your radar at this year's festival.

Check out our five Canadian picks for #TIFF17 below!

Meditation Park

Starring Sandra Oh, Don McKellar and Hong Kong legend Cheng Pei-pei, Meditation Park tells the story of a woman who has just learned her husband has been cheating on her. She is forced to confront her reverence for him, and in doing so, she may discover a newfound sense of liberty. The film is directed by Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Mina Shum.

"Alias Grace"

TIFF recently added a television program to the festival, which means that this year, Sarah Polley's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel "Alias Grace" will be playing as part of TIFF's "Primetime". One of the best working Canadian directors, Sarah Polley's delicate story-telling will feature Sarah Gadon as a housemaid named Grace who was wrongly imprisoned for the murder of her employer. We're excited to get a glimpse at this exciting television series at TIFF.

Public Schooled

Judy Greer and Canadian comedian Russell Peters co-star in this comedy about a wannabe physicist who has been home-schooled his whole life, but who wants to enroll in public school to chase the girl of his dreams. The film is directed by Canadian actor/director Kyle Rideout.

A Worthy Companion

Evan Rachel Wood and TIFF Rising Star alum Julia Sarah Stone co-star in this film about a 30 year old and 16 year old who spark an intimate relationship that results in severe consequences in this directorial debut from esteemed Montreal-based photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez. 

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

Quebecois director Simon Lavoie is back after winning the award for Best Canadian Film last year with Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves. His new film with an almost as long title, is shot in black and white, and follows two young girls who slowly realize after their father's death, that he was raising them in an unconventional and perverse manner. We are counting on this to be one of the more challenging and notable French-Canadian films of the festival.

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