10 Made-In-Canada Movies Coming Soon


September 8


This big screen adaptation of the 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name is definitely not for coulrophobes. It’s about a group of kids in a Maine town who are terrorized by a creepy immortal that can take the form of a clown.

It was filmed from late June until early September last year in Port Hope (which stands in for the fictional town of Derry, Maine), Oshawa and at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios.

September 15


Filmed in and around Montreal last summer, Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple whose quiet life in the country is turned upside down by a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) who stay with them.

Mother! will have its North American premiere at TIFF on Sept. 10.

Brad’s Status

This comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jenna Fischer was shot last fall in Montreal and will screen on Sept. 9 at TIFF.

Stiller plays a father who runs into an old friend (Michael Sheen) who makes him feel bad about his life path during a tour of colleges with his son (Austin Abrams).

The restaurant featured in the trailer? That’s Vieux-Port Steakhouse in Old Montreal.

September 29


This remake of the 1990 sci-fi thriller of the same name is pretty darn Canadian. Not only was it made in Toronto last July through September — with some reshoots done in the city this past July — but it stars Halifax native Ellen Page and Toronto-raised Nina Dobrev.

Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in the original Flatliners, makes an appearance as a doctor in the reboot (the Toronto-raised Sutherland makes his TV series Designated Survivor in the city).

Locals will recognize landmarks like the Flatiron building and the Gardiner Expressway in the trailer.

October 6

The Mountain Between Us

The mountains between B.C. and Alberta play a big part in The Mountain Between Us, a drama that was shot last winter.

A photojournalist (Kate Winslet) and doctor (Idris Elba) are lost in the bitterly cold wilderness after their charter plane crashes.

Canadians may recognize the Vancouver airport or Port Moody area — and scenes were shot in Abbotsford and Invermere.

The film has its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 9.

October 27


All but the 2004 original Saw movie were made in Toronto. This one, the eighth in the franchise, was shot late last year in the city with the working title Saw: Legacy. It’s coming out as Jigsaw, the name of the creepy villain (Tobin Bell).

There’s plenty of homegrown talent in the flick, including Laura Vandervoort.

November 22

Death Wish

The late Charles Bronson made five Death Wish movies between 1974 and 1994. The franchise gets a reboot in 2017 with Bruce Willis as a doctor getting revenge on the people who murdered his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and terrorized his daughter (Camila Morrone).

Although a few scenes were shot on location in Chicago (where the film is set), the remake reimagining was mostly filmed in Montreal last fall.

Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris also star in the action-packed flick.

Molly’s Game

Veteran TV writer and producer Aaron Sorkin made his directorial debut in Toronto last November until this past February on this film starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.

The film is about real-life Molly Bloom (Chastain), who became the target of an FBI investigation while running an underground poker operation for VIPs and the Russian mob.

Watch for homegrown actors Michael Cera and Graham Greene.

Fittingly, Molly’s Game will have its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 8.

December 8

The Shape of Water

Shot from August through November 2016 in Toronto and Hamilton, this fantasy flick stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who, along with a co-worker (Octavia Spencer) befriends a mysterious creature she finds in a water tank inside a government lab.

Set in the ‘60s, the film was directed by part-time Toronto resident Guillermo del Toro, who has made several projects in Ontario, including 2013’s Pacific Rim and 2015’s Crimson Peak in Ontario.

The Shape of Water screens Sept. 11 at TIFF.

December 22


An star-studded cast was in and around Toronto last year to shoot this sci-fi comedy-drama about a couple (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig) who agree to be shrunk to five inches as part of a plan to combat global overpopulation.

Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Niecy Nash and Alec Baldwin are also in the film, which was party shot on location in the U.S. and Norway.

Toronto audiences may recognize York University, CityPlace, or Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute.

Downsizing, which has received rave reviews, will make its North American debut on Sept. 9 at TIFF.

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