Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Season highlights include: The Cronenberg Project, Guillermo del Toro Master Classes, major retrospectives on Claire Denis and Coen Brothers, new releases from Jennifer Baichwal, Alanis Obomsawin and more.
Toronto – Starting October 3, TIFF Bell Lightbox audiences will be treated to an inspiring celebration of the best Canadian and international cinema, both past and present. This season includes a world premiere exhibition, major filmmaker retrospectives, free screenings, film-related workshops and new releases highlighting the best of contemporary world cinema.
TIFF proudly presents The Cronenberg Project, a multifaceted celebration of all things Cronenberg, including the world premiere of David Cronenberg: Evolution the most ambitious large-scale exhibition curated by TIFF. Visitors will experience an up-close and personal look at costumes, props, photographs, audio-visual elements, art work and set-design drawings from Cronenberg’s extensive filmography, including the typewriters from Naked Lunch, the instruments from Dead Ringers and the fly pod from The Fly. This exhibition will be accompanied by two film programmes, From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg, a full retrospective of Cronenberg’s films and Psychoplasmic Panic: Cronenberg and the Rise of Body Horror, a 10-film sidebar programme showcasing works by filmmakers influenced by Cronenberg’s vision.
TIFF Cinematheque presents comprehensive retrospectives on two major innovators in modern cinema: renowned French filmmaker Claire Denis and her latest release, the acclaimed Bastards (2013), as well as a retrospective of Hollywood leftfielders Joel and Ethan Coen, leading up the release of their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), opening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on December 25th. As well, Hollywood Classics celebrates one of the most iconic stars of the silver screen with The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis.
New releases kick off this season with insightful documentaries, including Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer (2013); a look at the true story behind Academy-Award winner Argo, with Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein’s Our Man In Tehran (2013); Jennifer Baichwal’s latest collaboration with artist Edward Burtynsky with Watermark (2013); David Roach and Warwick Ross’s look deeper into the red wine boom in China with Red Obsession (2013); music royalty pay tribute to Rick Halls in Muscle Shoals (2013); Nick Ryan takes us up the treacherous mountain K2 in The Summit (2012); Alanis Obomsawin chronicles Canada’s neglect of its Aboriginal youth in Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013). Other offerings include Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin (2013), Denis Coté’s Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013), Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (2013) and a never-before seen digital presentation director’s cut of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973).
TIFF Bell Lightbox also hosts special guests and events this season including – as part of The Cronenberg Project – Cronenberg collaborators such as production designer Carol Spier, and make-up and special effects artist Stephan Dupuis, as well as scholars Elijah Siegler and Christine Ramsay. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro returns to present two special Master Class sessions: one on David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007) and another on Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky (1986). Filmmakers Claire Denis and Nicholas Winding Refn will both be in attendance at their screenings, while celebrated directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) lead two sessions on another famous directing duo in our Powell and Pressburger Master Classes.
Other film highlights include With Blood On His Hands: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn, a look at the stylized ultra-violence of this Danish filmmaker; The Free Screen, bringing the best of independent and avant-garde works to Toronto; Packaged Goods spotlights Music Videos with Director X and takes a look at this year’s best in short-form filmmaking; TIFF Family Fridays offers up special family programming that’s both educational and entertaining; Canadian Open Vault celebrates Halloween with a spooky double-bill; TIFF Next Wave join forces with Buffer Film Festival to examine the best of YouTube; and free events including TIFF’s unique Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and Culture Days offerings.
As the weather continues to cool down, our Holiday season includes the return of TIFF’s popular retrospective Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli; film fun for families with Holiday Workshops; heartwarming seasonal offerings with Holiday Classics; and new releases Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) from the Coen Brothers and The Crash Reel (2013) Lucy Walker’s intimate portrait of snow boarder Kevin Pierce.
Tickets for the fall season go on sale September 17 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members and on September 25 at 10 a.m. for non-members. Tickets for the holiday season go on sale December 4 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members and on December 11 at 10 a.m. Visit www.tiff.net for ticketing information.
THE CRONENBERG PROJECT
An all-encompassing exploration of David Cronenberg’s filmography, TIFF’s The Cronenberg Project features numerous components, with the world premiere of the TIFF-curated exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution (November 1 – January 19) at its centre, curated by Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox. The exhibition is complemented by two film programmes, From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg, a full retrospective of Cronenberg’s films with multiple newly struck 35mm prints and new digital restorations; and Psychoplasmic Panic: Cronenberg and the Rise of Body Horror curated by Colin Geddes, International Programmer, TIFF, showcasing both Cronenberg’s body-horror contemporaries and those later filmmakers he influenced.
Initial guests, with more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks, include longtime Cronenberg collaborators Carol Spier and Stephan Dupuis will introduce eXistenz (1999) and The Fly (1986) respectively, while TIFF’s own Noah Cowan will introduce Crash (1996), Cronenberg’s take on the JG Ballard science fiction classic, while Piers Handling will introduce a central film in the Cronenberg canon, Videodrome (1983). Film scholar Christine Ramsay explores the cultural significance of Dead Ringers (1988) and religious studies scholar Elijah Siegler, considers religion in regards to The Brood (1979).
A contemporary art exhibition, David Cronenberg: Transformation, presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), features six new, TIFF-commissioned artworks by leading Canadian and international artists inspired by Cronenberg. It is presented at MOCCA from September 5 to December 29. David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition launching online and in the 4th floor gallery in Fall, explores Cronenberg’s films through new scholarship and artistic endeavors, including essays, academic writing, an interactive map and timeline, and a selection of rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg's past and present collaborators. Body/Mind/Change, a Lance Weiler project and co-production with TIFF and CFC Media Lab, a digital extension of David Cronenberg: Evolution, immerses users/audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world across three platforms—online, mobile, and real life—through an “artificial intelligence recommendation engine” called POD (Personal-On-Demand). Exhibition catalogs for David Cronenberg: Evolution and David Cronenberg: Transformation, designed by Italian art publishers Volumina, will be available separately and as a deluxe boxed set beginning November 1. Evolution, the opening celebration for the exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, will take over TIFF Bell Lightbox on the evening of Wednesday, October 30, featuring live entertainment, thematic interactive art installations, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in a blockbuster opening fundraising event.
Other programming highlights including film descriptions, roundtable discussions and ticketing information can be found at http://tiff.net/cronenberg.
The Free Screen – October 3 to December 5
The Free Screen is a monthly series committed to bringing experimental film and video art, hybrid documentaries, essay films and other personal expressions to a curious and engaged audience. Admission is free.
All Down the Line: Films by Kevin Everson – October 3 and 4
Over the past 15 years, Kevin Everson has created a singular body of work devoted to a personal and distinctive look at African-American life. Everson’s films build a formal relationship to his subjects that move beyond documentary into portraits of people’s physical relationship to their work, their geographic community, and the material weight of history. A two-part spotlight, the first part comprised of six carefully selected shorts from between 2007-2012, and the second of Everson’s latest feature, The Island of St Matthews (2013), which takes us to the Mississippi community that his parents left behind when they migrated to Ohio in the 1950s, preceded by Juneteenth Columbus Mississippi (2013). Kevin Everson will be in attendance.
Backbone: Early Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981 – November 7
Vancouver’s film scene of the late sixties and seventies was a well of exploratory talent. Nurtured by genre-bending organizations like the Inter-Media Arts Society, a new generation of filmmakers explored a range of possibilities of what film could be, from psychedelic head-trips to experimental dramas to feminist critiques. Curator Richard Martin brings together a mix of films from this fertile period in Canadian cinema, some accepted in the canon, others previously lost from view. With the benefit of recent digital restoration these films are back in all their visual glory, reasserting the visceral impact of this period in Canadian image-making.
twohundredfiftysixcolors - December 5
Created by Chicago artists Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus from over 3,000 GIFs collected from the internet, this encyclopedic film liberates the humble GIF images from the computer screen and compels us to consider them as part of our cinematic heritage. twohundredfiftysixcolors (2013) combines old-school revivalism and found-object filmmaking together with animated pizzas and Obama cartoons. Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus will be in attendance.
Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis – October 10 to November 10
In the 25 years since Claire Denis’ critically acclaimed debut feature film, Chocolat (1988), premiered at the Festival de Cannes, she has directed more than 20 short and feature films, creating one of the most singular bodies of work in contemporary world cinema. Anchored by the theatrical release of her new film Bastards (2013) opening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 11, TIFFs first retrospective of her work in more than a decade, offers insight into a career devoted to exploring desire, racial representation, outsiders and family, while forcing audiences to question their own position and responsibility within contemporary society. Denis has almost created her own family of collaborators, including, the actor Vincent Gallo in films U.S. Go Home (1994), Nénette et Boni (1996) and Trouble Every Day (2009) as well as the legendary UK band Tindersticks, who soundtracked the two latter films as well as 35 Rhums (2008). The retrospective also features Denis’ most famous and celebrated work, Beau Travail (1999), which combines literature, music, dance to break new ground in contemporary cinematic storytelling. Claire Denis will be in attendance.
The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis – November 15 to December 8
The Fall season of Hollywood Classics is dedicated to the only actress to vie with Barbara Stanwyck as the greatest to emerge from the studio system. Bette Davis made her reputation by playing unpleasant (or even detestable) characters and mixing glamour with grotesquerie. As the epitaph on her tombstone reads, she did it the hard way.
Featuring a new print of the cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), as well as a host of other Davis favourites including the film that shot her to stardom Of Human Bondage (1934), Dangerous (1935) which garnered Davis her first Best Actress Oscar win for her turn as a self-destructive, tempestuous Broadway actress, and the endlessly quotable All About Eve (1950), an Academy darling, that received a total of six Oscars that year. Also included in the retrospective are Davis’ trilogy of films from her frequent collaborator, and favourite director, William Wyler, referred to as ‘the male Bette Davis,’ by Davis herself including The Letter (1940), Jezebel (1938) and The Little Foxes (1941).
Joel & Ethan Coen: Tall Tales – November 28 to December 20
In the process of crafting among the most fascinating and singular filmographies of modern American auteurs, the Coen Brothers have rarely wavered in their support and interest in folk heroes. Finding new guises for this distinctly “American” kind of hero in their menagerie of crooks, wiseacres, nihilists and idealists, the Coens offer contemporary protagonists, who are as likely to smoke pot and bowl, as in the The Big Lebowski (1998), as they are to track down two killers in the harsh Minnesota winter, as they do in Fargo (1996). In their most recent movie, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), also coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox as a new release, the sibling storytellers folk sensibility is more overtly realized within this tale of a young musician struggling to balance artistic integrity and financial success in the rapidly developing folk music scene of the early sixties. Always filmmakers with a specific ear for music, the film recalls their previous roots music homage, O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), although the odyssey Llewyn Davis embarks on is less Homeric and more Dylanesque than the one faced by the Soggy Bottom Boys. This 10 film series traces the history of the Coens and their cinematic folk heroes and presents some of their most indelible characters, from everyone’s favourite “The Dude” to Larry Gopnick in A Serious Man (2009).
TIFF Family Fridays – October 10 to November 15
Offering up special family programming that’s both educational and entertaining on scheduled Toronto District School Board PA Days, Family Fridays presents Canada's first 3D animated feature The Legend of Sarila 3D (2013); National Geographic favourite Meerkats 3D (2011) and Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 3D (2007); an up close and personal look at insect life with Bugs! 3D (2003), an animated musical trip to France with A Monster in Paris (2011); and David Attenborough’s BAFTA winning Flying Monsters 3D (2011).
With Blood On His Hands: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn – October 23 to November 5
Nicolas Winding Refn was 26 when his debut feature Pusher (1996) hit the screens. It would go on to serve as the template for almost all of Winding Refn’s subsequent work in its balance of rawness and technical polish, unapologetic stylization and shocking violence, combining the brash energy of American popular film to the often staid realms of European art cinema. With nine films under his belt this retrospective offers a completist view of Winding Refn’s oeuvre including: Pusher, Bleeder (1999), Fear X (2003), Pusher II: With Blood On My Hands (2004), Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death (2005), Bronson (2009), Valhalla Rising (2009), Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013). Nicholas Winding Refn will be in attendance.
TIFF’s popular bi-monthly trek into the world of short-form content returns with two new programmes: on October 23, Spotlight on Director X, co-presented by The JUNO Awards, highlights the career of award-winning music video and commercial director, Director X, whose breakout video “Northern Touch” from The Rascalz celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Director X will take to the stage for a conversation after the programme, including guests from The Rascalz. Then on December 11, in what has become Packaged Goods tradition, our year-end edition showcases the best commercials, music videos and short films from 2013 with The Year’s Best 2013.
CANADIAN OPEN VAULT
TIFF’s Canadian Open Vault programme is part of TIFF’s efforts to make our country’s rich cinematic heritage more accessible to our audiences. This fall, TIFF celebrates Halloween with a double-bill of Canuck chillers.
Ginger Snaps – October 31
John Fawcett, Canada, 2000
Following two Goth influenced sisters whose regular suburban lives are disrupted when the eldest sister is bitten at the onset of puberty by a werewolf; her sister does her best to help her, but is scared for her own safety as well as the safety of others. Sardonically equating the onset of menstruation with the arrival of an implacable id in Ginger Snaps, created a film that both celebrates sisterhood and female power, while also critiquing the negative connotations of said power. A true Canadian cult classic and crossover hit, Ginger Snaps spawned numerous sequels and recently new scholarship. This screening will feature an introduction from scholar Ernst Mathjis, whose new monograph on Ginger Snaps was recently co-published by TIFF and University of Toronto Press.
The Changeling – October 31
Peter Medak, Canada, 1980
George C. Scott plays John Russell, a composer struck by tragedy who rents an ominous mansion, in which he is regularly awoken by incessant pounding. Aided by a woman from the local historical society, Russell begins to unearth disturbing clues to the mystery hidden behind the walls of his new home. With nods to Robert Wise’s The Haunting, John Hough’s The Legend of Hell House and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Winning nine Genies, including Best Picture, director Peter Medak’s The Changeling, combined smart script and solid acting, and inventive use of sound, and remains a Canadian horror classic.
Love That Boy – November 11
Andrea Dorfman, Canada, 2003
Veteran screenwriter Elan Mastai (who wrote Mike Dowse’s upcoming romantic comedy The F Word) presents Andrea Dorfman’s second feature (following the award winning Parsley Days), the touching Love That Boy. Nadia Litz plays university student Phoebe, a serious, overachiever whose life is disrupted when her best friend and roommate finds love and promptly moves out. Phoebe adds “Get a Boyfriend” to her voluminous to-do list, but her initial forays in the dating world are disastrous, until she finally acknowledges the intense attentions of her next door neighbour, Fraser (Adrien Dixon). The only problem is he’s 14. Actress Nadia Litz and screenwriter Elan Mastai will also attend the screening.
Culture Days – Sept 27-29
TIFF celebrates Culture Days with fun, free, family activities for kids of all ages, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Drawing on Film allows participants the chance to create colourful, camera-less animations with nothing but markers and a clear 16mm film leader. Home Display gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of King and John Streets. Buttonography gives visitors the chance to become their own buttonographers by capturing a film scene of their choice and having a button made on site. Treasures From the Collections showcases rare items from the Film Reference Library collection, including lantern slides, a zoetrope and a vintage film projector and more.
Jo Baker on Pride and Prejudice – October 21
Author Jo Baker joins Books on Film host Eleanor Wachtel to discuss Joe Wright’s film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the writing of her new novel Longbourn, a brilliantly imagined downstairs answer to Austen's classic which centres on the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household. Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 – October 5
TIFF Bell Lightbox will celebrate the 8th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche from sunset to sunrise with an action-packed night of free programming.
Xiluodo Dam at Night – This film instillation from artists Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky is an excerpt from their feature documentary film Watermark. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water. Xiludo Dam is a massive double-curvature dam on Jinsha River in the Yunnan Province, China. It has been under construction 24-hours a day since December 2005, and will be completed in 2014.
CRINGEWORTHY! The Best of the Worst Videos Online – This combination of film and live performance explores some of the best worst video content and hidden gems found in online communities, YouTube and Reddit. Hosted by Andrew Gunadie (Gunarolla) and Andrew Bravener
In Sequence – The audience is the composer and their theatre seat the musical note in this live performance featuring award-winning musicians Mike Haliechuk, Jonah Falco, Moshe Rosenberg, Mike Claxton, Brandon Valdivia and Marcel Ramagnano.
VHS Fever Dreams – A hypnotic visual and aural collage of memories from the age of magnetic tape from Colin Geddes, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanki.
12 Hour Dolly – An uninterrupted 12-hour film shot at Nuit Blanche 2011 showcasing impromptu public participation, from director Dylan Reibling.
Strange Science / City Symphonies– Two programmes of silent films, with live musical accompaniment, focusing on exploration – both of the possibilities of cinema and the subjects captured by the cameras’ gaze. Strange Science showcases early silent films that simultaneously explore the science of filmmaking and the anatomy of animals to surrealist ends, while City Symphonies offers a journey into unsung cityscapes, featuring films by Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Vigo.
Forty Years On: The Women and Film International Film Festival – October 6 and 8
This two-night screening and panel series celebrates the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Toronto Women & Film International Film Festival, whose landmark 1973 debut is often regarded as the beginning of the city’s rich film-festival scene. This programme of screenings and talks—featuring three films screened at the 1973 event, A New Leaf (1971), La vie rêvée (1972), and Sambizanga (1972)—both pays tribute to a groundbreaking event and attests to the continued and growing vitality of the women's film movement worldwide.
Powell and Pressburger Master Classes – October 15 and 16
Directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew, Uncertainty) join us for two nights to present an in-depth look at two masterpieces by classic British filmmaking team, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger: the elaborate fantasy A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and the dreamy romance I Know Where I’m Going! (1945).
TIFF Next Wave and Buffer Festival – November 9
TIFF Next Wave joins forces with Buffer Festival to showcase some of the most exciting emerging talents in the world of YouTube, on the big screen.
Guillermo del Toro Master Classes – November 21 and December 12
Following his spectacularly popular series of Hitchcock Master Classes at TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2012, the avid cinephile and celebrated director of Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and this year’s Pacific Rim returns to present two special Master Class sessions the first on Cronenberg’s underworld thriller Eastern Promises and will return later in the Fall to discuss all the history and aesthetics of the legendary Studio Ghibli Castle in the Sky.
Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music – December 27 to December 30
Follow the bouncing ball in this sing-a-long version of the beloved, Academy Award®-winning musical The Sound of Music. The irrepressible Julie Andrews stars as novice nun Maria, who leaves her abbey to take a position as governess to the seven children of stern yet dashing widower Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) at his palatial Austrian estate in the 1930s. Defying their father’s military discipline, Maria wins the children over with the magic of song and turns them into a family band, melting the captain’s heart in the process. Featuring innumerable hit Rodgers & Hammerstein songs — the title tune, “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell” and more — The Sound of Music “has almost everything: music, romance, kids, spectacular scenery, religion, sentiment, comedy high and low, and, at the end, intrigue and adventure” (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune).
Release date: Friday, September 20
Cutie and the Boxer
Zachary Heinzerling, 2013, USA, Mongrel Media
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2013
First-time filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling won the documentary directing prize at this year’s Sundance for his debut feature, a portrait of 80-year-old “boxing painter” Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife Noriko as they prepare for their first joint show—the reception of which will critically change the dynamic of their 40-year-relationship.
Our Man In Tehran
Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein, 2013, Canada, Entertainment One
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor, who facilitated the 1980 escape of six US Embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis, takes us inside the true story behind the Academy Award®--winning Argo in this fascinating, in-depth documentary portrait.
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Barry Avrich, 2013, Canada, Melbar Entertainment Group
Barry Avrich’s account of the life of this most unlikely revolutionary of the 1960s counterculture is energetic, iconoclastic and well researched, examining Guccione’s long and audacious career, most notably as publisher of the hugely influential pornographic magazine Penthouse and producer of the porn epic Caligula.
Release date: Friday, September 27
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, 2013, Canada, Mongrel Media
Following their acclaimed collaboration Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.
David Roach, Warwick Ross, 2013, Australia, FilmBuff USA
Russell Crowe narrates this intoxicating documentary about the world-famous winemakers of Bordeaux, and how the rapidly expanding Chinese market for the legendary vintage is irreparably changing the nature of the French wine industry.
Release date: Friday, October 4
Matt Johnson, 2012, Canada/USA, Phase4
In the provocative feature debut by Toronto filmmaker Matt Johnson, two high-school friends decide to make a DIY comedy about getting vengeance on bullies—but as intended mockumentary starts to bleed over into increasingly unsettling documentary, one of the pair has to decide if his partner is looking to make their revenge fantasy a reality.
Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, 2013, USA, Filmswelike
A host of music-world royalty—including Aretha Franklin Mick Jagger, Etta James, Jimmy Cliff, and Alicia Keys—appear in this documentary tribute to the Alabama-based FAME Studios and its founder Rick Hall, who not only changed the course of modern music by developing the “Muscle Shoals sound” but brought black and white musicians together at the very centre of sixties America’s racial crisis.
Release date: Friday, October 11
Bastards (Les Salauds)
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Claire Denis, 2013, France, Mongrel Media
Bastards is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine story of sex, murder, and revenge, unsavory sexual desires mixed with drugs, abuse and mutilation. This is a revenge story with many twists and turns from French filmmaker Claire Denis.
Release date: Friday, October 18
A Touch of Sin
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Jia Zhangke, China/Japan, 2013, Filmswelike
Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2012
Chinese master Jia Zhangke won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes for this modern wuxia (martial hero) tale of four outcasts on the margins of a rapidly changing China, who channel their underclass rage into a bloody and murderous rampage.
Release date: Friday, October 25
Nick Ryan, 2012, USA, Mongrel Media
Director Nick Ryan combines eyewitness accounts, gripping recreations and spectacular on-location footage to piece together the mystery behind the tragic 2008 deaths of 11 climbers as they attempted to scale K2, the world’s most treacherous mountain.
The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)
William Friedkin, 1973, USA, Warner Brothers
William Friedkin’s 1973 supernatural horror classic about a devil possessing a teenage girl, returns to the big screen with a new digital presentation.
Release date: Friday, November 1
Alanis Obomsawin, 2013, Canada, National Film Board of Canada
Legendary documentary filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the Attawapiskat First Nations campaign to draw global attention to the Canadian government’s shocking neglect of Aboriginal youth education.
Release date: Friday, November 8
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Felix van Groeningen, 2012, Belgium/Netherlands, Filmswelike
The long-lasting love between a free-spirited tattoo artist and a gentle bluegrass musician is put to the test by tragedy in this passionate, multiple-award-winning romantic melodrama.
Release date: Friday, November 15
Short Term 12
Destin Cretton, 2013, USA, Filmswelike
The indie-American film that took SXSW and Locarno by storm, Short Term 12 follows Grace (Brie Larson), a 20-something supervising staff member in a foster care facility, as she works to council the teenagers, all the while trying to keep her life in check.
Release date: Friday, November 22
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Denis Côté, 2013, Canada, Filmswelike
A recently released ex-con and her lesbian lover become targets of suspicion, prejudice and gruesome revenge when they settle in the deceptively serene Quebec countryside, in the anticipated new fiction feature by acclaimed Canadian auteur Denis Côté (Bestiaire).
Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli – December 12 to January 3
Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli returns to TIFF Bell Lightbox to delight holiday audiences with a near-exhaustive retrospective of films produced by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, both subtitled and dubbed. This series includes additions from the 2012 series such as the most recent Studio Ghibli film From Up On Poppy Hill (2011), a father-son collaboration between Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro, as well as the rarely-screened gem Grave of the Fireflies (1988) regarded by many to be the greatest animated movie ever. Often referred to as the Disney of Japan, Studio Ghibli has evolved over its 25-year history into one of the most influential film studios in the world. With its trademark animation style, powerful storytelling and deeply felt humanism, the studio creates works of elegant simplicity and universal appeal. Studio Ghibli has created heart-warming classic films such as the beloved My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (whose friendly forest spirit adorns the company’s logo and Tokyo headquarters), Castle in the Sky (1986) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989). Children, often protagonists in Ghibli’s films, are presented as determined, intelligent young people who pursue their goals with bravery and resourcefulness—whether recovering their parents from an uncanny magical realm as in Spirited Away (2001), defending a kingdom in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) or protecting a ravaged landscape in the ecological destruction in Princess Mononoke (1997).
Holiday Classics – December 14 to December 22
Ring in the festive season at TIFF Bell Lightbox with four beloved holiday classics, including Michael Curtiz’s romantic musical White Christmas (1954), starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as army buddies/song-and-dance duo who team up with a sister act to save their former commander's failing inn; George Seaton’s tale of a young lawyer who defends the “real” Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Brian Desmond Hurst’s adaptation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol (1951); and the unequivocal favourite, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
Holiday Workshops – Dec 27 – Jan 5 TIFF announces its various Holiday workshops for children and youth will run from December 28 until January 5. Workshops include: Stop-Motion Animation - Creating sets, props and characters, participants will work collaboratively to learn the art of stop-motion animation; How to Make a Film in a Day - In this fun and fast-paced workshop, participants will collaborate to write, pitch and shoot a short film – all in one day; Prosthetics and Special Effects Make-Up - Learn how special effects make-up is used in film, and try out the techniques for yourself in this very hands-on workshop; Anime/GIF Workshop - Exploring the unique characteristics of Japanese animation, participants will hand draw anime style characters, which will transform into a fun GIF to share with family and friends; Intro to Video Game Design - Participants learn the basics of the popular game design software, Scratch, and end with the creation of a playable prototype; Make ‘Em Laugh: Physical Comedy - In the style of such masters as Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball and Mr. Bean, participants will safely learn a few slapstick tricks, and explore and play a variety of characters with an emphasis on exaggeration.
Release date: Friday, December 13
The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker, 2013, USA, Phase4
Documentarian Lucy Walker (Waste Land) directs this intimate portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce as he struggles to recover from his debilitating 2009 training accident and return to the slopes.
Opening date: Friday, December 25
Inside Llewyn Davis
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2013, USA, Mongrel Media
The Coen brothers’ Cannes award-winning film continues their exploration of modern mythology-this time following a struggling young musician’s odyssey through the legendary New York folk-music scene of the 1960s.
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