Director to debut latest movie, Eastern Promises

Some of the highest-profile Canadian entries at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival were announced yesterday with one of the best-known filmmakers in the country on hand to discuss his latest work.


Director David Cronenberg told an audience at the Royal York Hotel that his new film Eastern Promises will make its world premiere as a gala presentation at TIFF.


With the film’s star Viggo Mortensen at his side, Cronenberg — a longtime friend of TIFF who last appeared at the festival in 2005 with his critically acclaimed A History Of Violence, which also starred Mortensen — promised a gritty thriller that focuses on Russian mob dealings in London.


“I don’t feel like I’ve made a movie until it’s been shown at the festival,” Cronenberg said. “It feels like I have to come full circle with any movie I’ve done.”


Other notables coming to TIFF this September include Oscar-winning Québecois director Denys Arcand (Les Invasions Barbares) with his latest L’Age Des Ténebres, director Guy Maddin, who pays tribute to his hometown in My Winnipeg, and director Roger Spottiswoode’s (Tomorrow Never Dies) Shake Hands With The Devil, based on the book by retired Canadian Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire.

Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa’s Fugitive Pieces will open this year’s festival, while Canuck filmmaker Martin Gero’s controversially titled Young People Fucking will lead off the Canada First program, celebrating the best in homegrown cinematic talent.

  • TIFF runs from Sept. 6-15.