Daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Films that expand our notions of cinema.
Wavelengths 1: Open Forms
Wavelengths 2: Something in the Atmosphere
Wavelengths 3: Tales Told
Wavelengths 4: Night Noon
Josh Solondz creates a startling work of land art in this piece that challenges the romanticization of West Coast scenery.
Experimental filmmaker and multi-media artist Kim Kyung-man explores his country’s institutionalized culture of fear and hatred toward North Koreans.
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Alexandre Larose creates supernally spectral superimpositions infused with a meteorological mix and the intense lusciousness of the Québec landscape.
Ken Jacobs’ most recent stroboscopic work transforms a typical New York street scaffolding scene into a mesmeric, Christo-esque merry-go-round.
Dana Berman Duff uses black-and-white 16mm to heighten the staged romanticism of a commercial catalogue's dreamily desaturated photos of designer furniture knock-offs.
A transfixing performance film in which artist Basma Alsharif shoots footage in Athens, Malta and the "post-civilization" of the Gaza Strip while under self-hypnosis.
Detour de Force
A fascinating portrait of "thoughtographer" Ted Serios, a hard-drinking Chicago bellhop who caused a sensation in the sixties with his psychic ability to produce hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind.
The Dragon is the Frame
Mary Helena Clark's disarmingly raw and beautiful work proceeds like an experimental detective film as it investigates the enigma of depression.
Episode of the Sea
Dutch duo Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Hann (View from the Acropolis) echo such formidable fishing films as Visconti's La Terra Trema and Jean Rouch's Bataille sur le grand fleuve as they document the tenacious traditionalism of the remote Dutch fishing community of Urk.
The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees
Replete with indelible images and suffused with an elegant air of mystery, Joana Pimenta’s landscape film-cum-auto-fiction mines an archive of correspondence between the island of Madeira and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique.
Fires on the Plain
Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto creates a gritty and graphic version of the classic war novel about a dazed, wounded soldier who wanders through the surreal carnage of the Pacific War.
From What is Before
On the eve of Marcos' proclamation of martial law, a small village is visited by a series of strange, perhaps supernatural occurrences, in the new film from Filipino master Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History).
Heaven Knows What
The latest from acclaimed sibling directors Josh and Benny Safdie (Daddy Longlegs) blends fiction, formalism and raw documentary as it follows a young heroin addict who finds mad love in the streets of New York.
The follow-up to the director’s landmark Fontainhas trilogy (Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, Colossal Youth), the highly anticipated new film by Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa reunites with Colossal Youth’s Ventura, who is lost in heartrending indeterminacy as revolution breaks out.
Jean-Paul Kelly creates a shot-by-shot re-enactment of the Maysles brothers' 1966 documentary With Love from Truman, drawing parallels with its subject Truman Capote's grandiloquent pronouncements about the genre of the "non-fiction novel."
A thrillingly lo-fi salute to the old-school, hand-crafted special effects that were once a mainstay of pre-CGI science-fiction films.
In the dazzlingly ambitious new film from Argentinian auteur Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool), a 19th-century Danish general (Viggo Mortensen) undertakes a gruelling physical and metaphysical journey when he pursues his runaway daughter into the rugged wilderness of Patagonia.
Journey to the West
Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang returns with this entrancing latest entry in his Walker series, in which his slowly locomoting, carmine-robed monk acquires an unexpected acolyte in the form of Denis Lavant (Holy Motors) as he makes his way through the streets of a sun-dappled Marseille.
Journey to the West with Spectrum Reverse Spectrum
In the long-awaited new film from French auteur Eugène Green, a brilliant architect seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a life-changing voyage in Italy to study the work of the great 17th-century architect Francesco Borromini.
Le beau danger
Taking its title from a short text by Michel Foucault, this innovative portrait of internationally acclaimed Romanian author Norman Manea provocatively explores the interplay and interstices between public persona, the act of creation, lived experience and representation.
Letters to Max
A record of the epistolary encounter between French artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire and Maxim Gvinjia, former Foreign Minister of the breakaway Caucasian state of Abkhazia, Letters to Max is both a chronicle of a developing friendship and an ingenious, unusual essay film about the inherently speculative nature of nationhood.
Malena Szlam creates an artisanal journey through magnetic spheres with a staccato layering of single-frame long exposures of a multiplied moon.
Celebrated Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) creates one of the essential cinematic experiences of our time with this epic, formally audacious documentary chronicle of the historic protests in Kiev’s Maïdan square.
Shambhavi Kaul sets up dialectical dread in Death Valley in a series of uncanny shots of geological formations, eroded mountains, dunes and dried lava contrasted against images of shimmering night skies.
Pimenta/ de Oliveira/ Abrantes
The new film by Manoel de Oliveira provides the centrepiece for this programme that deals, in evocative and unexpected ways, with questions of historical legacy.
The pimp and his trophies
Antoinette Zwirchmayr revisits her complex childhood memories of being the granddaughter of Salzburg's most famous pimp.
Poetry for Sale
A portrait of a young man anachronistically peddling his verse on the Paris metro.
The Policeman's House
Director Mich'ael Zupraner explores his precarious position as an Israeli Jew living in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank.
The Princess of France
Young Argentine auteur Matías Piñeiro follows up his international sensation Viola with the latest of his revisionist takes on the Shakespearean canon, deliciously detailing how life begins to imitate art when a Buenos Aires theatre company mounts a radio version of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
The Old Man of Belem
Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira posits a droll encounter in the Garden of Eternity between old literary friends: Luís Vaz de Camões, Miguel de Cervantes, Camilo Castelo Branco and Teixeira de Pascoaes.
Open Form - Game on an Actress's Face
A segment from a 1971 performance film by the Polish art collective KwieKulik, which uses the face of a famous actress as a canvas on which to experiment.
Open Form - Street and Tribune in Front of PKiN
A sequence from the 1971 KwieKulik film Open Form, in which the Polish art collective interrupts and upends the normal rhythms and routines of a city street.
Documenting encounters with Apulians as they confide intimate experiences, Anna Marziano's film oscillates between black-and-white documentary neorealism and placid, Sugimoto-like seascapes.
Panchromes I, II, III
T. Marie continues to explore the boundaries between painting and cinema with this new series of dazzling, time-based pixel paintings.
Blake Williams' tripartite, anaglyph found-footage film conflates the aesthetics of 18th- and 19th-century capriccio paintings with the musical structures of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky’s capriccio compositions.
Relief, by Calum Walter, explores the ambience of a violent act as it revisits footage gathered at the scene of a car accident. A hybrid of analogue and digital materials, the video’s images are presented as rogue data, perhaps unreliable.
A forensic study of Milano’s famous football stadium that builds an increasingly intense anticipation and suspense as game-time approaches.
A Single Word
In this meditative and elegiac portrait, Senegalese filmmakers Khady and Mariama Sylla record the tales of their grandmother, a griot (storyteller) who is one of the last repositories of their culture’s oral tradition.
Songs From The North
Multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo (Far from Afghanistan) makes her solo feature-film debut with this sharp and sensitive essay film about everyday life and ideological distortion in North Korea.
PLEASE NOTE: The 9:30am screening (Scotiabank 13) of Songs From the North on Saturday, September 13 has moved to 10:30am (TIFF Bell Lightbox 1).
Spectrum Reverse Spectrum
A cameraless film made by exposing 70mm film to coloured light.
Shot on Super 16mm, Taprobana is a stunningly inventive send-up of Portuguese poet-turned-national hero Luís Vaz de Camões’ tortured inspiration for his literary masterwork The Lusiads.
Twelve Tales Told
Johann Lurf’s maximalist, 35mm barrage of Hollywood studio logos, transforms the iconic corporate prelude to the big production-to-come into a sustained, stuttering spectacle in which fractured and fantastical worlds collide into a bombastic anti-climax.
Under a Changing Sky
Jean-Claude Rousseau uses his signature black frames to create Durasian elisions between painterly, Corot-conjuring tableaux.
Under the Atmosphere
Mike Stoltz pays wistful tribute to his childhood home on Central Florida's "Space Coast," the site of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.