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TIFF Cinematheque: Winter 2020

Call Me Jimmy: The Films of James Stewart
January 9 – April 26

A Cinematheque salute to the beloved star who revealed strains of sly wit, darkness, and violence from behind his mask of an aw-shucks everyman.

Personal Journeys: Scorsese's Documentaries
January 11 — March 22

Our Martin Scorsese retrospective continues with this spotlight on the great director’s non-fiction films, ranging from classic rock docs to intimate family portraits, sweeping histories of world cinema to intensive character studies.

From Noir to New Wave: A Tribute to The Film Foundation
January 11 – March 14

Presenting dazzling restorations of films that span from Asia to the Americas, this sidebar to our ongoing Martin Scorsese retrospective pays tribute to the organization Scorsese founded in 1990 to preserve our global cinematic heritage.

Catherine the Great: In Praise of Catherine O'Hara
January 15 — 24

We worship at the altar of the character-comedy goddess with four of her most memorable big-screen outings.

The Best of the Decade: An Alternate View
January 23 – March 11

From master assassins to The Master, Moonlight to monkey ghosts, our traditional international poll of film curators, historians, and archivists has once again produced a top-ten list that is sure to spark discussion

The New American Nightmare
January 24 – April 10

Forty years after the late critic Robin Wood curated his pioneering horror series The American Nightmare for TIFF, we present this long-awaited sequel that pairs fright-film classics with provocative new explorations of the genre by Jordan Peele (Get Out), Ari Aster (Hereditary), and Robert Eggers (The Witch).

Let's Dance: The Films of Angela Schanelec
January 31 – February 11

Following her win of the Best Director prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival for her new film I Was at Home, But…, we are thrilled to present the first-ever North American retrospective devoted to German writer-director Angela Schanelec.

The Poetry of Precision: The Films of Robert Bresson
February 27 – March 20

To mark the 30th anniversary of TIFF Cinematheque, we present our landmark retrospective of the legendary French filmmaker who became one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema.

Oliver Laxe: Modern Mystic
March 17 — 19

In the past decade, the Franco-Spanish filmmaker Oliver Laxe has made three fascinating features that all express their creator’s desire for transcendence: of boundaries and borders, of genres, of consumerist values, and of the divide between art and life.

Reclaiming the Past: Romanian Cinema Before the New Wave
April 2 — 24

A remarkable survey of the 50 years of Romanian filmmaking preceding the country’s arrival on the international arthouse scene in the mid-2000s.

TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings
January 8 – April 29

An anime milestone and a double hit of Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón inaugurates our winter season of classics, favourites, rarities, and recent restorations.

Colin Geddes' KinoVortex
January 18 – April 18

A monthly showcase of bonkers B movies, arthouse gems, genre classics, and mindbenders of every variety.

Short Cuts
March 14 – April 18

A collection of music- and poetry-infused portraits by Canadian creators opens this season of our spotlight on international short cinema.

MDFF Selects: Presented by Cinema Scope and TIFF
January 16 – April 23

The new film from lauded Quebec auteur Denis Côté draws the curtain on this season’s showcase of the world’s best, most challenging, and most provocative new international cinema.

January 23 – April 9

Our ongoing programme dedicated to experimental cinema features a revelatory collection of restored films from Chicago-born Edward Owens, as well as works by Velu Viswanadhan, Peter Parlow, and Romania’s kinema ikon collective.

See the North
January 30 – April 16

Our free series of Canadian cinematic treasures.

Screenings with talks

We welcome leading figures in film, culture, entertainment, and education every season at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Want to see who's joining us soon?

Screening series

Books On Film

Hosted by the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, Books on Film returns for its ninth season to explore the intersections of cinema and literature. Look for announcements about our 2020 season in Decmeber.

Secret Movie Club

Be the first to see some of the year's most exciting new films! Formerly known as Reel Talk: Sneak Preview, Secret Movie Club showcases the best of independent cinema before it hits Toronto theatres, from highly anticipated festival favourites, to small-budget indies, to the year’s most buzzworthy art-house films.

Reel Talk: Contemporary World Cinema

Reel Talk: Contemporary World Cinema provides a global snapshot of the best cinema from around the world, with a focus on non-English-language, art-house films that may not see wide release.

Seniors' Film Fridays

Seniors' Film Fridays aims to engage seniors through targeted outreach to seniors' residences, associations, and community groups across the Greater Toronto Area.

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