Monday, February 16, 2015

TIFF’s Feast of Film, Retrospectives Running March through June at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto CANADA


The Books on Film series marries books and films as a starting point for conversation and comparison, hosted by the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel.  Filmmakers, authors and experts look at film adaptations of books and their successes and failures. Six film-and chat events take place on select Mondays from March 2 to June 22.

James Shapiro on Coriolanus
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro examines Ralph Fiennes' modern-day adaptation of Coriolanus on the ages old challenge of bringing the Bard to the big screen. Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes | UK | 2010 Ralph Fiennes directs and takes the title role in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about an exiled Roman general who allies with his sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city that spurned him.
Monday March 2, 7 p.m.

Kazuo Ishiguro on The Remains of the Day
The acclaimed author discusses James Ivory's adaptation of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, which was listed as one of the "1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read" by The Guardian. The Remains of the Day dir. James Ivory | UK/USA | 1993 An emotionally distant butler (Anthony Hopkins) and an outspoken housekeeper (Emma Thompson) find their growing love stifled by the constrictions of class, hierarchy and corrupt tradition. Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.

Lynn Barber on An Education
English journalist Lynn Barber discusses the Academy Award-nominated adaptation of her memoir about her teenage love affair with a dashing con man. An Education dir. Lone Scherfig | UK | 2009 Novelist Nick Hornby scripted this Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir about a London schoolgirl (Carey Mulligan) who falls for a dashing con man (Peter Skarsgård).  Monday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Allan Scott on Don't Look Now
Screenwriter and producer Allan Scott reflects on the process of adapting Daphne du Maurier's short story into the classic 1973 chiller. Don't Look Now dir. Nicolas Roeg | UK | 1973  A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter, directed by Nicholas Roeg. Monday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting
Irvine Welsh, chronicler of the seamier side of Scottish life, revisits Danny Boyle's smash-hit film version of his searing debut novel. Trainspotting dir. Danny Boyle | UK | 1996 A motley crew of Edinburgh junkies — played by future stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Ewen Bremner — come together, fall apart, get clean and get hooked again, in Danny Boyle's wild spin on Irvine Welsh's notorious novel.  Monday, June 1, 7 p.m.

Phillip Lopate on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Essayist, poet, novelist and film critic Phillip Lopate considers the classic 1969 adaptation of Muriel Spark's world-famous novel.  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie dir. Ronald Neame | UK/USA | 1969 Maggie Smith won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this classic adaptation of the Muriel Spark novel.  Monday, June 22, 7 p.m.


Iran has one of the world’s most distinguished national cinemas in the world, but due to political and religious censorship at home and poor distribution internationally, the films are hard to come by.  Iran’s films are a completely different beast form Hollywood’s offerings, influenced by Italian neorealism and Persian art history they focus on the lives of ordinary people. TIFF offers a rich resource for those who may not have experienced the cinematic art of Iran. 
 The Image Remains: Iranian Short Films introduced by Roya Akbari
Roya Akbari was born in Tehran and lives in Canada as a visual artist and director of Dancing Mania and Only Image Remains.  Akbari's poetic short are offered along with the director's memories of working in Iran.  She will interview top Iranian filmmakers on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm

The Cow (Gaav)
dir. Dariush Mehrjui | Iran | 1969 The disappearance of his prized cow drives a simple villager to madness, in Dariush Mehrjui's classic of the Iranian New Wave. Friday, March 6 at 6:00pm

Hamid Naficy on Mr. Haji the Movie Actor dir. Ovanes Ohanian | Iran | 1933 Released at the end of the silent period, this movie-mad comedy is one of the earliest surviving Iranian films.  Naficy is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University. Saturday, March 7 at 5:00pm

The Night of the Hunchback (Shabe ghuzi)
dir. Farrokh Ghaffari | Iran | 1965 When a hunchbacked actor in a theatrical troupe keels over dead, his fellow players desperately try to dispose of the body, in this blackly comic adaptation of a tale from The Thousand and One Nights.
Sunday, March 8, 3:45pm

Still Life introduced by Hamid Naficy
dir. Sohrab Shahid Saless | Iran | 1974 An elderly railway switchman faces destitution when he is forced into retirement, in this meditative drama that won the Silver Bear at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival. Sunday, March 8 at 6:30pm

The Runner (Davandeh)
dir. Amir Naderi | Iran | 1985 | 94 min. Naderi's semi-autobiographical portrait of a young boy struggling to survive on the streets after losing his family during the Iran-Iraq War was one of the first post-revolutionary Iranian films to garner worldwide acclaim. Friday, March 13 at 6:30pm

Water, Wind, Dust (Aab, baad, khaak)
dir. Amir Naderi | Iran | 1989 A boy's search for his family in a harsh, wind-whipped desert becomes an almost mythic test of human will, in this brutally realistic and uncannily dreamlike stunner. Saturday, March 14 at 3:15pm

A Simple Event (Yek Etefagh sadeh)
dir. Sohrab Shahid Saless | Iran | 1974 Saless’ first feature is a quietly poetic portrait of a young boy struggling to help support his ailing mother. Saturday, March 14 at 6:00pm

Downpour (Ragbar)
dir. Bahram Beyzaie | Iran | 1971 Widely considered one of the greatest Iranian films ever made, Beyzaie's debut feature focuses on an idealistic schoolteacher in a Tehran slum who becomes embroiled in a neighbourhood scandal. Sunday, March 15 at 3:00pm

The Garden of Stones (Baghe sangui)
dir. Parviz Kimiavi | Iran | 1976 Kimiavi blends documentary with absurdist humour and wild fantasy in his tale of a deaf-mute shepherd who creates a bizarre monument after being inspired by a holy vision. Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30pm

The Traveler (Mossafer)
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1974 A young boy goes to any lengths to scrape together the money for a ticket to a big soccer match, in Kiarostami’s neorealist-inspired first feature. Thursday, March 19 at 6:30pm

Where is the Friend's Home? (Khane-ye doust kodjast?)
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1987 | 83 min. | PG | 35mm  This deceptively simple story of a schoolboy trying to return his friend's notebook launched Kiarostami's international reputation after winning the Bronze Leopard at the 1989 Locarno Film Festival. Sunday, March 22 at 6:15pm

Close-up introduced by Tina Hassannia
dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1990 Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jean-Luc Godard and Werner Herzog support Kiarostami's films that seek to explore truth, identity and artistic creation.
Hassannia is a Toronto-based film critic, writer and the author of Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema, the first English-language book on the Iranian filmmaker. Friday, March 27 at 8:45pm

Hamoun introduced by Amir Soltani
dir. Dariush Mehrjui | Iran | 1990 Dariush Mehrjui's incisive, ironic, and finally dreamlike study of middle-class Iranian life was voted the best Iranian film ever made in a 1997 poll of film critics. Soltani is a Toronto-based film critic. Saturday, March 28 at 3:45pm

A Separation introduced by Tina Hassannia
dir. Asghar Farhadi | Iran | 2011 Asghar Farhadi's elegant melodrama was the first Iranian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Hassannia is a Toronto-based film critic, writer and the author. Friday, April 3 at 6:00pm

dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Iran | 1996 Mohsen Makhmalbaf's gorgeously shot fable is a signature work of the Iranian Second New Wave. Saturday, April 4 at 6:00pm


digiPlaySpace — March 7 to April 19
Kids, families and educators will learn through play with multi-player installations and learning-centric videogames, robotics, mobile apps, hands-on activities and workshops from acclaimed Canadian and international media artists. digiPlaySpace runs until the end of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival April 19.  Programming for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and new installations for digiPlaySpace will be announced on March 4.

Walt Disney Classics — March 14 to 22
From Walt Disney’s most treasured and influential animated classics, TIFF offers The Little Mermaid (1989), Dumbo (1941); The Aristocats (1970); The Sword in the Stone (1963); The Rescuers (1977) and its sequel The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Disney’s first collaboration with Pixar; and Robin Hood (1973), Flight of the Navigator (1986) an extremely rare 70mm screenings of Tron (1982), and The Black Hole (1979).

March Break Camps — March 16 to March 20
TIFF’s Gaming News Nexus.  This week-long camp offers kids the chance to produce a short news-style program about all things in the gaming sphere, reviews of games, consoles, and devices, and interviews with gamers and producers. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 9 to 12.
Maker/Creator Camp
Participants may experiment with game design, basic robotics, and DIY projects using “maker” technology including Makeymakey and Arduino boards. Campers will also get an in-depth look at digiPlaySpace from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 12 to 16.


Back for a fifth season, TIFF’s Food on Film series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Matt Galloway moderates six food and film events Wednesdays.

March 11
Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes. 
The Lunchbox  dir. Ritesh Batra | India/France/Germany 2013 In Mumbai, a mis-delivered lunchbox brings together two very different people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a grumpy, solitary widower on the verge of retirement (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) — in this funny and touching comedy-drama.

April 1
James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture.
The Gleaners &I dir. Agnès Varda | France 2000 Varda's witty and intimate portrait of modern-day gleaners — those who scour fields, trash bins and junk heaps for food, curios, and other refuse — was recently voted one of the top 10 documentaries of all time in a Sight & Sound poll.

April 22
Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.
Somm dir. Jason Wise | France/Germany/Italy/USA 2012 This intoxicating documentary delves into one of the world’s most prestigious, exclusive and secretive organizations: the Court of Master Sommeliers, where global wine experts put their reputations on the line to earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier.

May 13
Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedy Delicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking. 
Delicatessen  dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro | France 1991 | 99 min. | 14A
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, a former circus clown discovers the gruesome secret of his landlord's popular butcher shop, in this dazzlingly designed black comedy.

June 3
Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco's legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentary The Grain Divide on gluten and the health impact of over-processed grain consumption. 
The Grain Divide  dir. JD McLelland | USA 2015 Featuring interviews with the world's top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists, this new documentary on the history and future of grains takes audiences into the fields, kitchens and labs that are attempting to address the critical issues facing the foundation of food.

June 24
California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin's classic Meatballs.
Meatballs dir. Ivan Reitman | Canada 1979 Ivan Reitman's prototypical summer-camp comedy propelled Bill Murray from Saturday Night Live fame to big-screen stardom.

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