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The Trotsky premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

trotsky_01I am really looking forward to this one. Great central idea for a film and Jay Baruchel is pretty cool. Really wish I was at TIFF as there are loads of films I want to watch.

The All Canadian (English) Central Executive Committee of Pictures That Move announced that Jacob Tierney’s The Trotsky, will have its world premiere as a Special Presentation at this year’s gathering of Activities for the Support of Proletarian Internationalism (this obviously does not include galas) or as they like to call it, the Toronto International Film Festival.

A Park Ex Pictures production, produced by the extremely bourgeois Kevin Tierney, The Trotsky is a contemporary comedy set in Montreal starring Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Knocked Up) as Leon, a 17-year-old high school student who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky.

The Trotsky screenings of the people for the people (otherwise known as Festival Screenings) are:

Public 1 Friday Sept 11 – 9:00 pm RYERSON (43 Gerrard Street East)
Public 2 Sunday Sept 13 – 12:45 pm SCOTIABANK (259 Richmond St West)
PRESS & INDUSTRY Sat Sept 12 – 2:00 pm Cumberland 1

The Trotsky also features an impressive array of Canadian actors, among them, Geneviève Bujold (Dead Ringers), Anne-Marie Cadieux (Maman Last Call), Colm Feore (Bon Cop Bad Cop), Emily Hampshire (Snow Cake), Michael Murphy (Away From Her) and Saul Rubinek (Wall Street).

Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Dad’s clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term “student union”, determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest.

But will our young hero ever inspire his fellow students to care about anything? Will he ever convince the beautiful, and significantly older, Alexandra that she won’t be charged with statutory rape if they become engaged? And will he ever find his Lenin?

The Trotsky is Jacob Tierney’s follow-up to his feature directorial debut Twist, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week section, before going to Toronto, Rotterdam and some 20 other festivals around the world. An actor turned writer-director, Jacob was most recently seen in the feature film Walk All Over Me and on TV as the title horseman in the CBC mini-series St. Urbain’s Horseman.

Infamous exploiter of workers, technicians and actors in both official languages, producer Kevin Tierney last made Canadian audiences laugh out loud with Bon Cop Bad Cop, the first ever bilingual film made in Canada, and the highest grossing Canadian movie in domestic box office history. Bon Cop Bad Cop won the Genie Award for Best Film of 2006. Other credits include the acclaimed TV movies Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story and One Dead Indian, as well as Serveuses Demandees directed by Gylaine Dionne and the soon to be released Love and Savagery, directed by John N. Smith.

Thanks to Cynthia for sending me the news.

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