Canadian Cinema Will Be Huge In 2012

The schedule is an eclectic mixed bag of flicks.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Sarah Polley, Deepa Mehta, and Michael Dowse are just a few of the film industry heavyweights who will have movies hitting the big screen this year. Also, a handful of new talent (with filmmaking in their blood) will be trying their hand at making screen magic – David Cronenberg's son Brandon and Denis Villeneuve's brother Martin are both in the midst of their debut projects.

Martin Villeneuve, who is 11 years younger than his brother, has been working on the movie "Mars et Avril," a sci-fi based in Montreal that stars broadcaster Jacques Languirand, Caroline Dhavernas ("Off the Map"), and Robert Lepage (of stage fame). Meanwhile Polley and her work "Take This Waltz," with Michelle Williams and Canadian funnyman Seth Rogen, is a sweet and charming take on marriage. David Cronenberg is working on two big flicks – "A Dangerous Method" and "Cosmopolis," based on the novel by author Don DeLillo and featuring teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, and Juliette Binoche.

Film critics are promising an exciting year for Canadian film fans, with the Winnipeg Free Press writing: "Canadian films have a notoriously difficult time drawing dollars at the box office but 2012's crop is packed with potential, says Stephanie Azam, a national feature film executive with Telefilm Canada.

She points to some slick, celeb-studded productions, including Dowse's hockey comedy 'Goon' with Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber, David Weaver's crime thriller 'The Samaritan' featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson, and Nathan Morlando's period piece 'Edwin Boyd' starring Scott Speedman and Brian Cox."