JIS News

Jamaican-born award-winning filmmaker, Clement Virgo, will screen his latest film, Lie With Me, at the 30th staging of the Toronto International Film Festival, which got underway yesterday (Sept. 8) in Canada.
Mr. Virgo, who has been described as “one of Canada’s most daring and original talents,” co-wrote, co-produced and directed the movie, which stars Lauren Lee Smith and Eric Balfour. It tells the story of a young Toronto girl’s quest for physical satisfaction from several partners until she meets that special someone to love.
Lie With Me will be shown twice during the 10-day festival – on Saturday (Sept. 10) and on Monday (Sept. 12).
Mr. Virgo, who migrated to Canada at the age of 11, has made several acclaimed short and feature-length films. ‘Save My Lost Nigga Soul’ won the Best Short Film prize at both the Chicago and Toronto Film Festivals in 1993 and at the Pan African Film and Video Festival in 1995. It was also named the Best Short Film of the African Diaspora. The picture also received a Canadian Genie nomination for Best Canadian Short Film from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
His first feature-length film, Rude, which he wrote, produced and directed, won a Jury Citation for Best Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival in 1995. Other awards include Best Feature Film at the Urban World Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival for a television movie, The Planet of Junior Brown. In 2001, the film Love Comes Down, won three Genie awards, including Best Supporting Actor.
During the 10 days of the Toronto International Film Festival, 335 films, including 256 features from 52 countries will be screened. In the past, several Jamaican movies have been shown at the Festival including Dancehall Queen, Third World Cop, Shottas and One Love.