Writer-director Michael McGowan returns to the Toronto International Film Festival once more this year with Still, premiering his fifth feature at the festival that has played host to three of his four world debuts to date.

The film stars Oscar nominees James Cromwell (LA Confidential) and Geneviève Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days) in the leads, and now the first images of the two from this promising drama have been released.

“Based on true events and laced with wry humour, STILL is a heartfelt love story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Geneviève Bujold) whose memory is starting to go. Although Craig Morrison is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood Craig has milled from his own trees. As Irene becomes increasingly ill, and amidst a series of stop-work orders, Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance.”

Still will premiere at Toronto next month, and has already been acquired by Mongrel Media (Take This Waltz) for Canadian distribution. It will be heading to the festival seeking international distribution, and here’s to hoping it will find it, along with a warm reception. For now, enjoy these rather touching first images, and as usual, you can click to enlarge.