Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its first slate of films to be featured in the 2017 programme. Among them is the much anticipated Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running”, which is about as Canadian as film gets. It’s a Canadian film about a legendary Canadian band that is co-directed by a female Canadian director that is premiering at the largest Canadian film festival during Canada’s 150th birthday year.
But patriotism aside, the film has serious legs. It follows the band through their final tour across Canada that took place shortly after frontman Gord Downie announced he was battling terminal brain cancer. The Tragically Hip holds a special place in the hearts of many Canadians and the film promises to be an emotional homage to that connection.
Long Time Running is joined by four other Canadian films and co-productions at this year’s festival.