A Summer Of Choices At TIFF Bell Lightbox

There are some absolutely fantastic films being presented this summer at the Bell Lightbox. Check out the press release below for full details.

Films of note are Werner Herzog‘s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the first film (outside of Animated films) that illustrates just the power of 3D and how to use it properly. Recent Palme D’or winner, Terence Malik’s Tree of Life will screen as well as  great retrospective on Bollywood giant Raj Kapoor.

Oh Look! A Press Release:

TIFF presents a rich programming lineup that offers audiences a chance to go deeper into the films and filmmakers that inspire them. Running to August 25, the season includes an extraordinary exhibition, filmmaker retrospectives, free screenings, and new releases of the best of contemporary international cinema.

Running June 30 to September 18, the new exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions, offers a playful and informative look at the great themes in Federico Fellini‘s work, his obsessions, passions and his creative process. The multi-disciplinary exhibition will be accompanied by two film programmes Fellini / Felliniesque: “Dream” Double Bills and Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neorealism.

TIFF Cinematheque presents retrospectives on the reclusive director Terrence Malick, the Canadian film giant Norman Jewison, Bollywood master Raj Kapoor and the father of American independent cinema John Cassavetes. The third edition of The New Auteurs series showcases the seductive works of João Pedro Rodrigues, while Hollywood Classics presents a summer-long retrospective of actor Montgomery Clift — one of the defining stars of ‗50s American cinema.

New releases roll out at TIFF Bell Lightbox with titles such as the highly-anticipated Terrence Malick feature The Tree of Life (2011) that screens as part of TIFF‘s Terrence Malick retrospective; Werner Herzog‘s 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival®; Bertrand Tavernier‘s The Princess of Montpensier (2010); Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011); and Armadillo (2010).

Other highlights include The Best of Midnight Madness, which showcases a selection of cult classics from TIFF‘s popular Festival programme; a second instalment of Packaged Goods that explores the world of 3-D filmmaking; the return of the Family Classics and 70mm showcases; Québec Gold, the best Québécois short films of the past year; and free events including TIFF in the Park: Classic Musicals and Canada Day at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Tickets go on sale today for TIFF members and on May 26 for non-members.


Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that offers a playful and informative look at the key themes of Federico Fellini‘s work, his obsessions, passions and creative process. There is a particular emphasis on how the filmmaker introduced the world to the idea of celebrity by drawing inspiration from pop culture and incorporating it into his work. The exhibition will be accompanied by two film programmes: Fellini / Felliniesque: “Dream” Double Bills and Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neorealism.


Filmmaker Retrospectives

And Justice for All: The Films of Norman Jewison

While many Canadians have enjoyed substantial careers in Hollywood, few have enjoyed the remarkable success and longevity of Norman Jewison. TIFF is proud to present a retrospective on the works of the master Canadian filmmaker running from August 11 to August 27. From cutting-edge dramas addressing some of the most volatile social issues of the day – In the Heat of the Night (1967), A Soldier’s Story (1984), The Hurricane (1999) – to romantic comedies – Moonstruck (1987) – and caper films; from classic musicals – Fiddler on the Roof (1971) – to social satires – . . . And Justice for All (1979); The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) – Jewison‘s films have received 12 Academy Awards®, and he is one of the most versatile of contemporary directors.

Raj Kapoor & The Golden Age of Indian Cinema

One of the giants of Indian cinema, actor, director, mogul and legend Raj Kapoor is synonymous with the rise of Bollywood. The highly influential Kapoor is revered throughout India, the former Soviet world, the Middle East and beyond for the films he made during the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Running from July 1 to August 7, TIFF presents the first major Kapoor retrospective in North America in nearly three decades – featuring a number of newly struck 35mm prints – and an exciting new installation from acclaimed filmmaker Srinivas Krishna.

Films include Kapoor‘s directorial debut, Aag (Fire) (1949); his first megahit Barsaat (Monsoon) (1949); one of the most famous Indian films ever made, Awaara (The Vagabond) (1961); record breaking Sangam (1964); and the charming Bobby (1973), which was a major hit with young urban audiences. To help contextualize Kapoor‘s work, the retrospective also includes key films from the Golden Age era and beyond, including Bimal Roy‘s ghost story – Madhumati (1958) – Guru Dutt‘s celebrated tragedy – Pyaasa (1957) and Mehboob Khan‘s Andaz (1949) and the legendary Mother India (1957), considered by many to be the most important Indian film ever made.

New Worlds: The Films of Terrence Malick

From June 4 to 15, in advance of the greatly anticipated release of Terrence Malick‘s new film, The Tree of Life, TIFF Cinematheque is shining a spotlight on the work of one of the most revered of American filmmakers, showcasing a collection of films from the notoriously reclusive director, producer and writer behind some of the greatest films ever made. Films in the series include Badlands (1973), his acclaimed directorial debut; Days of Heaven (1978), his legendary second feature (and his last for two decades); The Thin Red Line (1998), a majestic WWII epic that features a once-in-a-lifetime cast including George Clooney, Adrien Brody, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, John Travolta and John Cusack; and The New World (2005), starring Q‘orianka Kilcher, Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. Premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Tree of Life opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 17.

Masks and Faces: The Films of John Cassavetes

Beginning his career as an actor, John Cassavetes soon stepped behind the camera and established his reputation as the ―father of independent cinema.‖ From July 14 to July 31, TIFF proudly presents a retrospective of Cassavetes‘ work. Often shot in his own home and frequently casting friends and family, Cassavetes created a raw, gritty cinema that defied contemporary Hollywood filmmaking. Employing a collective, semi-improvisatory method with his actors, his work introduced a new authenticity to American film culture. Films in the retrospective include Cassavetes‘ directorial debut, Shadows (1959), a searing portrait of

race relations in Beat Generation NYC that won the critics‘ prize at the Venice Film Festival; Faces (1968), a compelling drama about middle-class infidelity and middle-age despair; and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), featuring Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes‘ partner onscreen and off, in her Academy Award-nominated performance as an emotionally unbalanced working-class housewife. (Rowlands will appear at TIFF Bell Lightbox to introduce this screening and to participate in an onstage conversation about her career and collaboration with Cassavetes.) TIFF‘s retrospective also includes Cassavetes‘ work as an actor in films including Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich, 1967) and Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976).

The New Auteurs: João Pedro Rodrigues’ Outlaws of Desire

TIFF Cinematheque‘s The New Auteurs series highlights the most important, daring and visionary of contemporary filmmakers. Each instalment presents a retrospective, a Carte Blanche screening of a film selected by the filmmaker, and the release of their most recent film. For its third instalment (running June 23 to June 25), The New Auteurs presents provocative Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues, whose films explore the complex nature of human desire and sexuality. Rodrigues and long time collaborator João Rui Guerra da Mata will appear at TIFF Bell Lightbox to introduce their films. Screenings include Rodrigues‘ bold feature debut O Fantasma (Phantom, 2000), a portrait of a young, sexy garbage man whose unrequited fixation results in a shocking metamorphosis; Rodrigues‘ most critically-acclaimed film to date, To Die Like a Man (Morrer como um homem, 2009), which radically upends the drag queen genre with its compassionate, mystical tale of a transsexual torn between genders; and Two Drifters (2005), an unlikely love triangle between a recently deceased gay man, his bereft lover and an eccentric, roller-skating supermarket price checker.

Special Presentations

Egypt Rising: Portents of Revolution in Recent Egyptian Cinema: June 15 to June 19

Long before the Tahrir Square Revolution of January 25, 2011 that toppled the two-decade reign of Hosni Mubarak, independent Egyptian cinema had taken on the mission of engaging with the complex social and political reality of a country emerging from more than three decades of dictatorship. The films in this special series emerged under a regime of media control and address a host of pressing topics, including the cancer-causing chemical infestation of Cairo‘s water, endemic poverty and systemic unemployment, the corruption of the electoral and judicial systems, interreligious prejudice and violence, sexual repression and sexual harassment. Films include: Genenet al-Asmak (The Aquarium,Yousry Nasrallah, 2008); Ein Shams (Eye of the Sun, Ibrahim El Batout, 2008); Giran (Neighbors, Tahani Rached, 2009); Arbaa’ Nisa’ min Masr (Four Women of Egypt, Tahani Rached, 1997); Cairo Exit (Hesham Issawi, 2010); and Heliopolis (Ahmad Abdalla, 2009).

World on a Wire (Welt am Draht): June 17 and June 19

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973, Germany

Originally produced for German television in 1973, Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s World on a Wire is a trippy, two-part science-fiction epic adapted from Daniel F. Galouye‘s 1964 novel Simulacron-3. TIFF is proud to present a recently restored print of this long-lost masterpiece, blown up to 35mm through a joint effort between the Fassbinder Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The film features Klaus Löwitsch as Dr. Fred Stiller, a scientist at the Institute for Cybernetics and Futurology, who begins to doubt the benign nature of the company‘s supercomputer which was created to forecast human behavior in the real world. When a colleague dies under mysterious circumstances, Stiller is led down a path of hallucinatory madness. The film features many Fassbinder regulars, including Barbara Valentin (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, 1974), and cameos by fellow director Werner Schroeter and his muse Magdalena Montezuma.

Summer in 70mm

Back by popular demand, another season of 70mm widescreen spectacles begins on July 28 with each film screening daily for week-long engagements. Three adored cinematic treasures grace the screen, starting with the groundbreaking musical West Side Story (1961) on July 28, followed by a repeat engagement of David Lean‘s great desert adventure Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on August 4, and Stanley Kubrick‘s sword-and-sandal epic Spartacus (1960) on August 12.

Hollywood Classics

Montgomery Clift: June 12 to August 30

TIFF Cinematheque‘s year-round series continues from June 12 to August 30 with a summer-long retrospective on Montgomery Clift, the tormented, vulnerable and unique star of 1950s American cinema. The retrospective includes 12 of Clift‘s most praised and prized performances, including all three of Clift‘s collaborations with friend Elizabeth Taylor: A Place in the Sun (George Stevens), Raintree County (Edward Dmytryk) and Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz); Clift‘s personal favourite performance in the remarkable The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk) and his first screen appearance in The Search (Fred Zinnemann). Other films include Red River (Howard Hawks), Wild River (Elia Kazan), I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock), and The Misfits (John Huston).


Family Classics

Running June 11 to August 20 on Saturdays at 2 p.m., TIFF‘s summer season of Family Classics features a selection of animated favourites, toe-tapping musicals, thrilling adventures and inspirational fables. The series kicks off with Disney‘s first live-action comedy The Shaggy Dog (1959), followed by the sequel-spawning animated adventure The Land Before Time (1988). Additional films include the Academy Award-nominated hit Whale Rider (2002); the innovative animated satire The Iron Giant (1999); the big-screen Broadway adaptation Annie (1982); the martial arts favourite The Karate Kid (1984); and the action-packed, James Bond-for-juniors comedy Spy Kids (2001).

The Best of Midnight Madness

The Best of Midnight Madness late-night cult movies screening Saturdays at 11 p.m. begins June 11 with a selection of audience favourites from the first 20 years of the Festival‘s Midnight Madness programme. Brain-eating slugs, cowboy mummies, sado-masochistic assassins and rock ‗n‘ roll zombies fill the slate, which features an early Midnight Madness discovery, the high-camp and deliciously gruesome Brain Damage (1988); the beloved stoner comedy Dazed and Confused (1993); the cutting-edge, satirical and prescient mockumentary Man Bites Dog (1991); the Italian murder mystery Opera (1988); the twisty psychological thriller Heaven (1998); the Japanese rock ‗n‘ roll zombie rampage Wild Zero (2000); the cyberpunk-sex-murder-orgy sensation Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989); the shocking French horror flick Inside (2007); and Ichi the Killer (2001), cult director Takashi Miike‘s outlandishly hyper-violent manga adaptation.

TIFF in the Park: Classic Musicals

Beginning on July 6, TIFF and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA present free outdoor screenings of classic musicals every Wednesday at sunset (9:00 p.m. in July, 8:30 p.m. in August) in David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall). In addition to such family favourites as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz, audiences will get a sneak peek at TIFF Bell Lightbox‘s epic Raj Kapoor retrospective with a screening of his classic film Jagte Raho.

Packaged Goods

The second instalment of the Packaged Goods series on July 21 continues to explore the best in music videos, ads and short-form filmmaking by looking at works that experiment with the 3-D format in creative ways. Special guests include director Arev Manoukian of Spy Films, who will discuss the 3-D filmmaking process and how his short film Nuit Blanche later became a global 3-D spot.


Québec Gold

On June 24 Prends ça court! presents Québec Gold 10, a selection of the most celebrated Québécois shorts from the past year. The programme includes Les fleurs de l’âge (Little Flowers), La tranchée (The Trenches), Le cirque (The Circus), Les journaux de Lipsett (Lipsett Diaries), Jonathan et Gabrielle, Sophie Lavoie, Les poissons (Fishes), Mokhtar and M’ouvrir

(Opening Up).

Canada Day at TIFF Bell Lightbox

On July 1, TIFF offers a full day of free programming that explores Canada‘s rich cinematic heritage. National gems include classic animated shorts like The Cat Came Back (1988) and The Sweater (1980); C.R.A.Z.Y (2005) – an homage to Montréal‘s pop-culture-saturated middle class of the ‗70s and one of the most internationally successful Canadian films ever; Voulez-vous coucher avec God? (1972), a long-lost piece of Canadian counterculture; and the legendary proto-slasher flick Black Christmas (1974). The programme will also include the Canadian premiere of the documentary Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies (2008), a celebration of the Canadian silent screen icon, with director Nicholas Eliopoulos in attendance.

Live La Dolce Vita with Oliver & Bonacini

TIFF and Oliver & Bonacini are pleased to offer a delectable food and film pairing to complement the Federico Fellini programme. Two hundred patrons will enjoy a screening of Fellini‘s masterpiece of decadence La Dolce Vita on August 28, followed by a three-course Italian dinner and wine pairing at Luma, prepared by executive chef Jason Bangerter.


Release Date: May 27, 2011

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Liz Garbus, 2011, USA

Legendary chess champion Bobby Fischer is among the most fascinating and enigmatic figures of the 20th century, as famous for his anti-Semitic and anti-American outbursts as he is for his unmatched board strategy. Liz Garbus‘ new documentary traces Fischer‘s life and career, from his first childhood encounters with the game and his crowning as U.S. champion at age 14, to his fabled 1972 East versus West showdown with Soviet champion Boris Spassky. The film explores how the same intensive environment that fired his genius also fostered the eccentric and reclusive behaviour that marked his later years. Exploring the

line between genius and madness, the film features interviews with those who knew Fischer best, as well as such famous names as Henry Kissinger and Garry Kasparov.

Release Date: June 3, 2011

The Princess of Montpensier

Bertrand Tavernier, 2010, France/Germany

Based on the famous 17th-century novella by Mme. de La Fayette, French master Bertrand Tavernier‘s 20th feature film takes place during France‘s 17th century Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants. Marie (Mélanie Thierry), the teenage daughter of one of the country‘s wealthiest noblemen, is in love with the arrogant warrior Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), but

her father gives her hand to the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), a war hero with a politically ambitious father. While the prince is away on another campaign, a cluster of competing admirers surrounds the lovely young bride, setting the stage for a flurry of clashing swords and ripping bodices. A captivating historical drama with a pronounced feminist twist.

Release Date: June 17, 2011

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick, 2011, USA

Release Date: June 24, 2011

To Die Like a Man

João Pedro Rodrigues, 2009, Portugal

Seeped in saudade – the untranslatable Portuguese expression for sorrow – Rodrigues‘ most critically-acclaimed film radically upends the drag queen genre with its compassionate, mystical tale of a transsexual torn between genders. Tonia (Fernando Santos), an iconic drag performer, has been living like a woman with her straight, drug-addicted boyfriend. Beset with Catholic guilt, a rivalry with an up-and-coming drag queen and an aging and fatally ailing body, Tonia makes the painful decision to leave the world the way she was born into it.

Release Date: July 1, 2011


Janus Metz, 2010, Denmark

Winner of the top prize at the Cannes Critics Week, Armadillo is a harrowing documentary about the current conflict in Afghanistan. Following a contingent of Danish troops into the chaos of combat, the film stirred a furious debate in Denmark about the rules of engagement.

Release Date: July 8, 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog, 2010, USA

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet Cave in southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. He puts 3-D technology to a profound use, taking us back in time over 30,000 years.

Release Date: Aug. 5, 2011

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

Gereon Wetzel, 2010, Germany

Each October, renowned Chef Ferran Adrià closes his restaurant on the Catalonia Coast of Spain for seven months in order to immerse himself and his staff in his unique food ―deconstruction‖ process. This intensive lab session produces the next menu for El Bulli, named best restaurant in the world five times by Restaurant Magazine. Adrià, holder of three Michelin stars, likes to present food simply, but first subjects his ingredients to rigorous testing in order to find the perfect way to prepare them. A feast for the eyes and mind, El Bulli is a compelling portrait of the artistic process of a culinary genius.