Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Special guests to attend Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey at TIFF Lightbox

Comprehensive Kubrick film retrospective includes appearances from special guests
Alan Cumming, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Douglas Trumbull, Jan Harlan and Christiane Kubrick

TIFF® announced today the lineup of special guests and events that will enhance the in-cinema experience and complement the upcoming exhibition celebrating the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick will make its Canadian premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 31, 2014 until January 25, 2015. More than a decade has passed since Kubrick was honoured with a retrospective in Toronto, and the exhibition will be accompanied by the comprehensive look at his oeuvre, Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey. Throughout the run of the retrospective several esteemed guests, scholars and Kubrick collaborators will introduce a number of screenings and explore the themes and continued influence of Kubrick’s work.

“Stanley Kubrick’s work remains one of the most important contributions to world cinema, forcing us all to think about who we are, and giving us a deeper look inside human nature,” said Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “This extensive retrospective accompanied by introductions from family, friends and colleagues will offer new insights into the mind of a true cinematic genius and introduce a new generation of audiences to the power of his films.”

Opening weekend kicks off with Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s long-time friend, producer, and brother-in-law, on stage to give a special Halloween introduction to The Shining (1980) on October 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Jan Harlan returns on November 1 with his sister and Kubrick’s widow, Christiane Kubrick to discuss the master filmmaker’s evocative and enigmatic final film Eyes Wide Shut (1999). On November 1, Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea, the stars of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), will share their experiences on this legendary production prior to the screening of a brand new 70mm print of the film created by TIFF and Warner Bros.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) also plays daily for a special one-week engagement beginning November 7. Special effects visionary Douglas Trumbull introduces the film on November 7, and returns on November 8 for Douglas Trumbull on The Future of Cinema, a look back at his impressive career and a keynote lecture on his new short film, UFOTOG. On December 1, award-winning stage and screen actor Alan Cumming looks back at his wildly successful and diverse career on screen during In Conversation With... Alan Cumming, and later that same evening revisits his time working with Kubrick with an introduction to Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Additional screenings with special guests as part of Stanley Kubrick Roundtables and Talks include: distinguished film critic, editor of Positif, and author of Kubrick, Michel Ciment introduces A Clockwork Orange (1971) on November 8 and Paths of Glory (1957) on November 9; local film critic Adam Nayman shares his thoughts on Full Metal Jacket (1987) on December 12; and Jesse Wente will take a look at the element of time in The Killing (1956) on January 18.

Developed in collaboration by the Kubrick estate and Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum (which premiered the exhibition in 2004), Stanley Kubrick has travelled to some of the world’s most important cultural institutions in Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Los Angeles, São Paulo, and most recently Krakow. The exhibition draws on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace and features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career. Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining (1980), the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket (1987), and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr. Strangelove (1964) are just a few of the many pieces on display.

“We’re thrilled to host the Canadian premiere of this incredible exhibition in the 10th year of its international, globe-trotting tour,” said Laurel MacMillan, Director of Exhibitions, TIFF. “As we continue our work to celebrate and explore the creative process behind the best of film, Kubrick is a perfect cinema visionary and pioneer to highlight in our two galleries. The evolution of his technique is at the heart of this exhibition.”

Stanley Kubrick will be redesigned for Toronto audiences, and is TIFF’s largest exhibition to date with the highest number of artifacts. New to the exhibition is a special viewing area curated by Jesse Wente, highlighting a series of interrelated film scenes grouped together to showcase the on-going self-referencing and recreation inherent in Kubrick’s work, and to unlock discoveries in some of cinema’s most discussed classics. Within the entirety of Kubrick’s work there are patterns, whether intentional or not, that appear on repeated viewings, from references to the director’s favourite game, chess, to the elaborate camera movements that define some of his most indelible scenes.

Launching in conjunction with the exhibition, Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey (October 31, 2014 to January 25, 2015) screens twelve of Kubrick’s features and his three shorts: his first documentary short Day of the Fight (1951), inspired by a previous Look Magazine assignment that had sent him to photograph a local boxing match; Flying Padre (1951), his second short about a pilot priest and his expansive New Mexico parish; and The Seafarers (1953), his first colour short, a commissioned portrait of the Seafarers International Union; Kubrick’s strikingly designed noir thriller Killer's Kiss (1955); the terrific, time-jumping heist thriller The Killing (1956); the ambitious anti-war film Paths of Glory (1957); the handsomely mounted Hollywood epic Spartacus (1960), in glorious 70mm; the iconic Kubrick films Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Full Metal Jacket (1987); a restored digital presentation of Barry Lyndon (1975); both the North American and rarely screened International versions of The Shining (1980); and his final film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Also screening are two intriguing works that grew out of Kubrick’s legacy: Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 (2012); and Steven Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), a film on which Kubrick began development in the early 1970s.

TIFF’s annual fundraiser BOOMBOX will celebrate the opening of Stanley Kubrick on October 30 with an all-out blast of film, art, music and fun, featuring Kubrick-themed live entertainment, interactive art installations, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are on sale now at tiff.net/boombox. BOOMBOX proceeds support annual film programming at TIFF along with educational and community initiatives. Announcements with further details will be made in the coming months.

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From September 4 to 7 during the Toronto International Film Festival®, King Street West between Peter and University Streets will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade featuring art installations, live music, food trucks, and much more. TIFF has partnered with Toronto-based creative agency Young Offenders’ Bobby Kimberly, Fezz Stenton and Adam Belanger to create a larger-than-life interactive Photo Booth version of HAL 9000 from Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Pedestrians can find HAL9000 on John St. and have a chat with him, get him to snap a photo, enter to win tickets to upcoming events, and watch Kubrick’s most iconic characters roaming Festival Street. Learn more and see the full schedule by visiting tiff.net/festivalstreet.

Tickets to the exhibition and film programme go on sale September 16 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members and September 24 at 10 a.m. for the public. TIFF Members get free access to the exhibition, and can purchase additional tickets during the advance purchase window. Toronto International Film Festival ticket buyers are able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $10. Public exhibition tickets are $12.50 including tax (child/student/senior discounts available). A combo pack (film and exhibition) is $20 including tax. Timed-entry ticketing will guarantee visitors entrance at their chosen time. Visit tiff.net for ticketing information.

The exhibition is organized by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick, and the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London, with the support of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Sony-Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Universal Studios Inc., and SK Film Archives LLC. At TIFF Bell Lightbox, Stanley Kubrick is organized by Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, and Laurel MacMillan, Director of Exhibitions.

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TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

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