Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer in France screening series, July 13-Sept 2

The rest of the summer brings a terrific retrospective series at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Summer in France presents some of the very best and most important films from France. All of them are masterpieces.

The series kicks off with several films from Jean Renoir, the son of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and one of the all-time filmmaking greats. Tonight, La Grande Illusion plays at 6pm, then NOW Magazine critic Norm Wilner introduces the 9pm screening of La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game). Both films are often cited as among the greatest films ever made.

From there, the series presents some unjustly-neglected masters such as Georges Franju and Jean Grémillon, as well as well-known figures, particularly those from La Nouvelle Vague (the French New Wave) such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Jacques Demy, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais and Agnès Varda.

The screening of Jacques Tati's Playtime will be presented in a rare 70mm print.

There will be a sidebar presentation Fathers and Daughters: The Films of Mia Hansen-Løve. All of her films Tout est pardonné (All Is Forgiven), Le Père de mes enfants (The Father of my Children) and Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) will be presented and introduced by Mia Hansen-Løve herself. She will also present Gérard Blain's Un Enfant dans la foule (A Child in the Crowd).

The screenings continue throughout the summer at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until September 2. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6-16.

Summer in France
TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective
The ultimate staycation: TIFF Cinematheque revives its decades-old tradition of spending summers in France with this series of over three dozen classics of French cinema, from well-known milestones in new or restored prints to great rarities and buried treasures. À toute vitesse!

Films in Summer in France

La Grande Illusion
Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece returns in a stunning new digital restoration.
Friday July 13 6:00 PM
Sunday July 22 7:30 PM

La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) introduced by Norman Wilner
NOW Magazine's Norman Wilner joins us to introduce the screening of The Rules of the Game.
Friday July 13 9:00 PM

French Cancan
Jean Renoir
An eye-popping digital restoration of Jean Renoir's vibrant, high-kicking account of the founding of the Moulin Rouge in 1880s Paris.
Saturday July 14 5:00 PM

L'Armée des ombres (Army of Shadows)
Jean-Pierre Melville
Film noir master Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece is a tense, gripping portrayal of honour and betrayal in the clandestine world of the French Resistance during the Nazi Occupation.
Tuesday July 17 6:00 PM

Remorques (Stormy Waters)
Jean Grémillon
A taciturn sea captain (Jean Gabin) falls into a passionate affair with a mysterious woman (Michèle Morgan) in this classic from neglected French master Jean Grémillon.
Thursday July 19 6:30 PM

Lumière d'été (Summer Light)
Jean Grémillon
Often compared to The Rules of the Game, Jean Grémillon's influential masterwork examines the uneasy and finally explosive interactions between a group of corrupt, high-society carousers and a crew of workers over a long weekend at a country manor.
Thursday July 19 8:45 PM

Le Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows)
Marcel Carné
A new digital restoration of Marcel Carné's doom-haunted masterpiece, about an army deserter (Jean Gabin) trying to flee from the fog-shrouded port city of Le Havre.
Friday July 20 6:30 PM

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Henri-Georges Clouzot's deliciously dark tale of two women who conspire to murder their mutual paramour features one of the most famous and terrifying endings in cinema history.
Friday July 20 8:45 PM

Les Enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise)
Marcel Carné
Often considered to be France's answer to Gone With the Wind, Marcel Carné's sweeping romantic epic focuses on a love quadrangle set amidst the boisterous theatrical world of Paris in the 1840s.
Saturday July 21 1:00 PM

Le Plaisir
Max Ophüls
Chosen by Jean-Luc Godard as the best film made in postwar France, Max Ophüls' trio of de Maupassant tales features a dream cast headed by Jean Gabin and Danielle Darrieux.
Saturday July 21 5:00 PM

La Bandera
Julien Duvivier
Julien Duvivier's feverishly fatalistic drama shifts from Paris to Barcelona to sun-scorched Morocco, as a man on the run (Jean Gabin) tries to escape his past by joining the Spanish Foreign Legion.
Sunday July 22 5:00 PM

Les Quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows)
François Truffaut
François Truffaut's autobiographical first feature, chronicling the misadventures of a twelve-year-old delinquent hero (the unforgettable Jean-Pierre Léaud), was an international sensation and a clarion call for the emerging French New Wave.
Monday July 23 6:30 PM

L'Argent de poche (Small Change)
François Truffaut
The first Toronto screening in well over a decade of François Truffaut's poetic comedy about the daily delights, passions and travails of children in provincial France.
Tuesday July 24 6:30 PM

Belle de Jour
Luis Buñuel
A beautiful young housewife (Catherine Deneuve) satisfies her masochistic fantasies by working as a daytime prostitute in Luis Buñuel's chic, shocking and wittily surreal comedy.
Thursday July 26 9:00 PM

Jules et Jim
François Truffaut
François Truffaut's exuberant, sublimely romantic account of two best friends (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) and their decades-long love triangle with the bewitching Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) is one of the most beloved classics of the French New Wave.
Friday July 27 6:15 PM

La Mariée était en noir (The Bride Wore Black)
François Truffaut
A vengeful woman (Jeanne Moreau) hunts down the five men who caused her husband's accidental death in François Truffaut's devilishly elegant homage to Hitchcock.
Friday July 27 8:45 PM

L' Enfance nue (Naked Childhood)
Maurice Pialat
Maurice Pialat's masterful feature debut follows in the hallowed tradition of Truffaut's The 400 Blows with its raw, intense portrait of a troubled adolescent shunted through a series of foster homes.
Saturday July 28 5:45 PM

La Peau douce (The Soft Skin)
François Truffaut
The affair between a married, middle-aged magazine editor and an entrancing young stewardess turns fatal in François Truffaut's masterwork of erotic obsession.
Sunday July 29 7:00 PM

La Femme infidèle (The Unfaithful Wife)
Claude Chabrol
Unavailable in Canada for more than three decades, Claude Chabrol's suspenseful, wryly perverse classic recounts the murderous consequences when a bored housewife drifts into an afternoon affair.
Friday August 3 6:30 PM

Le Feu follet (The Fire Within)
Louis Malle
A suicidal, alcoholic playboy makes his final rounds of friends, family and lovers in Louis Malle's masterful adaptation of the famous novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle.
Saturday August 4 5:00 PM

Le Pont du Nord
Jacques Rivette
An ex-con (Bulle Ogier) and her leather-jacketed angel-protector (Pascale Ogier) chase and are chased through Paris on a scary treasure hunt in Jacques Rivette's paranoid, enigmatic and gloriously cinephilic thriller.
Wednesday August 8 6:30 PM

À Bout de souffle (Breathless)
Jean-Luc Godard
One of the most famous debuts in film history, Jean-Luc Godard's jazzy, virtuosic masterpiece about a small-time hoodlum on the run (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his blithely treacherous American girlfriend (Jean Seberg) brought about a revolution in film form and style.
Thursday August 9 6:30 PM

Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live)
Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard's brilliantly Brechtian tale of a young woman (Anna Karina) gradually sliding into prostitution is one of the glories of the French New Wave.
Thursday August 9 8:45 PM

Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle (2 or 3 Things I Know About Her)
Jean-Luc Godard
In one of his greatest films, Jean-Luc Godard uses the slim story of a young wife and mother who works afternoons as a prostitute as a springboard for a dazzling cinematic essay on materialism, contemporary alienation and the changing face of Paris.
Friday August 10 6:30 PM

Pierrot le fou
Jean-Luc Godard
A bored novelist (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his beautiful, treacherous babysitter/mistress (Anna Karina) become embroiled in a seamy stew of guns, drugs and dirty money in Jean-Luc Godard's gloriously apocalyptic salute to amour fou.
Friday August 10 8:45 PM

Le Combat dans l'île
Alain Cavalier
This buried treasure of '60s French cinema segues from politically-charged thriller to tenderly affecting romance as a young woman (the gorgeous Romy Schneider) discovers that her jealous and abusive husband (Jean-Louis Trintignant) has become embroiled with a shadowy, right-wing paramilitary group.
Saturday August 11 5:00 PM

Weekend introduced by Piers Handling
TIFF's Director & CEO introduces TIFF Cinematheque's screening of Jean-Luc Godard's horrifying and hilarious apocalyptic comedy.
Thursday August 16 6:30 PM

L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
Alain Resnais
In an otherworldly hotel, a mysterious man tries to convince a woman that they had an affair a year before ("at Marienbad — or was it Fredericksbad?") in Alain Resnais' eternally enigmatic and immensely influential masterwork.
Friday August 17 6:30 PM

Muriel, ou Le Temps d'un retour (Muriel)
Alain Resnais
A middle-aged widow reunites with her ex-lover and her stepson, who is haunted by a terrible event he witnessed during the Algerian War, in Alain Resnais' masterful meditation on time and memory.
Friday August 17 8:45 PM

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
Jacques Demy
The radiant young Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by Jacques Demy's exuberant, enthralling, and ever-enchanting musical classic.
Saturday August 18 5:30 PM

Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7)
Agnès Varda
A beautiful young pop singer spends two hours wandering through the summertime streets of Paris while awaiting a possibly fatal prognosis in this Nouvelle Vague masterpiece by Agnes Varda.
Monday August 20 6:30 PM

Sans Soleil / La Jetée
Two masterful meditations on time and memory from the great Chris Marker.
Tuesday August 21 6:30 PM

Van Gogh
Maurice Pialat
Maurice Pialat's brilliant, immensely moving depiction of the painter's last days was heralded as one of the best films of the 1990s.
Saturday August 25 1:00 PM

Le Rayon vert (Summer)
Eric Rohmer
Unseen in Toronto for almost two decades, Eric Rohmer's marvellously funny and movingly humane comedy chronicles a young woman's desperate search for a companion to share her summer vacation in the south of France.
Sunday August 26 4:00 PM

La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore)
Jean Eustache
A narcissistic, would-be intellectual (Jean-Pierre Léaud) vacillates between two women in Jean Eustache's raw, intense and exhilaratingly excessive rumination on youthful disenchantment in the wake of May 1968.
Sunday August 26 7:00 PM

Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face)
Georges Franju
An unhinged scientist goes to gruesome lengths to repair the mutilated face of his beloved daughter in Georges Franju's hauntingly poetic horror masterpiece.
Wednesday August 29 6:30 PM

Thomas L'Imposteur (Thomas the Imposter)
Georges Franju
A young man with an exceedingly weak grasp on the divide between fiction and reality is thrown into the maelstrom of World War I in this essential and very rare classic by Georges Franju.
Thursday August 30 6:30 PM

Tony Richardson
Jean Genet wrote the script for this delectably depraved tale about a sadomasochistic schoolmistress (Jeanne Moreau) in a provincial French town who meets her match in a lustful, itinerant Italian labourer.
Thursday August 30 8:45 PM

Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati's immortal, inexhaustibly inventive comedy classic returns in a rare 70mm print.
Friday August 31 6:30 PM
Saturday September 1 1:00 PM
Sunday September 2 7:00 PM

Thérèse Desqueyroux
Georges Franju
Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima, mon amour) gives a superlative performance as a provincial woman who is driven to murderous lengths to escape from her suffocating marriage in Georges Franju's compelling adaptation of the novel by François Mauriac.
Saturday September 1 5:00 PM

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows)
Louis Malle
Louis Malle's brilliant debut feature stars an impossibly glamorous Jeanne Moreau as an iron-willed adulterer who engineers the perfect murder to escape from her stifling marriage.
Sunday September 2 3:30 PM

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