There’s so much Canadian-filmmaking power behind the big Hollywood movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, it’s as if Tinseltown is running on maple syrup. From big-time directors to unknown producers and films with stars, stars, stars, it’s actually a pretty incredible list. Observe:
Hollywood’s secret weapon? Canadians
Jean-Marc ValléeThe Oscar-nominated director hails from Montreal but has made Hollywood his second home. This year, he’ll see if he can do for Reese Witherspoon in Wild what he did for Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club: make her the star of a multiple Academy Award-winning movie.Fox Searchlight
Shawn LevyThe Montreal-born director of the well-loved Night At The Museum franchise enters the 2014 festival with a family comedy featuring a star-studded cast. Want to know what happens when Arrested Development collides with 30 Rock and Girls? Check out Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You and find out.Warner Bros.
Phillippe FalardeauWe’re beginning to notice a pattern here. Director Falardeau is another Quebecer working with big Hollywood stars. His movie The Good Lie is Reese Witherspoon’s second TIFF entry this year. In it, she stars alongside Canadian musician and former Sudanese child soldier Emmanuel Jal.Warner Bros.
David CronenbergHollywood has had Toronto native Cronenberg in its arsenal of secret weapons since the '80s, but a younger generation of moviegoers may not have discovered him until recently. Want to get the attention of people under 25? Cast Robert Pattinson in your movie. He’s in Cronenberg's Maps To The Stars at this year’s fest.Focus
Ivan ReitmanThe Torontonian behind some of American cinema’s funniest films director/producer/restaurateur Reitman had two of his three-decades-old movies shown at TIFF this year. September 5th’s Bill Murray Day featured free screenings of Ghostbusters and Stripes.Columbia
Jason ReitmanIn Men, Women and Children Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner join a long list of big Hollywood stars (Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, and George Clooney among them) who’ve acted for Montreal director Jason Reitman in films past.Paramount
Jacob TierneyTake The Godfather’s Sonny Corleone (James Caan) and cast him opposite Quentin Tarantino’s go-to bad guy (Danny Trejo) and you’ve got...Jacob Tierney’s sweet and saucy pregnancy comedy, Preggoland?! Just trust us, this Montreal director is going to have Hollywood knocking down his door in no time.Mongrel Media
The producers behind Kahlil Gibran’s The ProphetA Canadian production team worked to bring together a group of international animators to create this movie based on Kahlil Gibran’s classic book of poetry. A-listers like Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, and young Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis provided the voices for the film.Prophet Screen Partners
Ryan ReynoldsThough often overshadowed by another Canadian named Ryan, let’s not forget that a guy from Vancouver married Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively. Reynolds stars opposite Anna Kendrick in author Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices, and his performance is drawing early rave reviews. Do we smell another McConaissance?Lionsgate