TIFF announces May programming slate

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April 17, 2024

TIFF announces May programming slate

TIFF Cinematheque partners with the British Film Institute to bring the groundbreaking film series on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to TIFF Lightbox kicking off its North American tour May 10–29

A spotlight on Lee Chang-dong and screenings of Ann Hui’s most celebrated works in honour of Asian Heritage Month

A free screening of Octavio is Dead! with Sook-Yin Lee

A still from A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

TORONTO — Hot on the heels of the BFI’s major UK-wide film program, CINEMA UNBOUND: THE CREATIVE WORLDS OF POWELL AND PRESSBURGER, and in partnership with the BFI, TIFF Cinematheque will be debuting Of Myth and Magic: The Films of Powell and Pressburger, presented by ISTIC ILLIC PICTURES, on May 10. A celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking duos in the history of cinema, this is the first stop on its North American tour. Michael Powell (1905–1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902–1988), collectively known as The Archers, are best known for their iconic films such as The Red Shoes (1948); A Matter of Life And Death (1946); Black Narcissus (1947); and 49th Parallel (1941), the Academy Award–winning, Canadian-set film about the Second World War.

This 10-film retrospective includes two iconic solo efforts directed by Powell, and eight of the The Archers’ most infamous and influential creations: new 35mm projection prints of previously restored The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Black Narcissus, made with funding from The National Lottery for the BFI’s Film on Film campaign; as well as two newly completed restorations by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation of Peeping Tom in association with Studiocanal, and I Know Where I’m Going!, in association with ITV and Park Circus. Plus, see rare BFI archive prints of The Thief of Bagdad and 49th Parallel. The Archers’ quintessentially British collaboration resulted in a singular aesthetic vision caught between the twin fascinations of human desire and an otherworldly belief in the mystic, and would go on to inspire generations of filmmakers and artists alike, including: Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Francis Ford Coppola, and Tilda Swinton.

Also announced today, a spotlight on the early films of South Korean director and screenwriter Lee Chang-dong featuring new 4K restorations of Green Fish, Peppermint Candy, and Oasis. This series is generously supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Plus, two of Ann Hui’s films will be programmed as part of Asian Heritage Month: a new restoration of Hui’s July Rhapsody; and a 35mm print of the acclaimed and the beautifully moving Boat People, screening as part of Cameron Bailey’s From the Collection series.

Among the highlights in May are TIFF’s free monthly series of Canadian cinematic treasures, See the North, presented by MUBI, featuring Octavio is Dead! and a post-show Q&A with filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee; following its World Premiere at Sundance, MDFF Selects presents the Toronto premiere of Babak Jalali’s Fremont, starring Anaita Wali Zada and Jeremy Allen White; Radu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (TIFF ’23), part comedy and part montage road movie; and TIFF Wavelengths Presents Film Talks: A Touring Programme of Experimental Cinema, with curators Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne in attendance.

Tickets will go on sale to TIFF Members on Wednesday, April 17, and to the public on Friday, April 19 at tiff.net.


Tickets to Cinematheque series are free to TIFF Members. To learn more, visit tiff.net/join.

Of Myth and Magic: The Films of Powell and Pressburger
For well over 80 years, the monolithic refrain “written, directed, and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger” has come to define one of cinema’s greatest and most successful creative partnerships. Spanning 24 films over a 33-year period, the two were supported by a staggering list of artistic collaborators: Jack Cardiff (cinematographer), Alfred Junge (production designer), David Lean (editor), and Hein Heckroth (production designer and costume designer). The resulting body of work generated some of the greatest achievements in British and international cinema, whose enduring impact and influence continues today:

The Red Shoes | May 10, 6:30pm
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp | May 11, 6:30pm
I Know Where I’m Going! | May 12, 3:30pm
The Red Shoes | May 15, 7pm
Black Narcissus | May 16, 6:30pm
The Thief of Bagdad | May 17,6:30pm
A Canterbury Tale | May 18, 3:30pm
The Tales of Hoffmann | May 19, 6:30pm
Black Narcissus | May 21, 6:30pm
A Matter of Life and Death | May 23 & 28, 6:30pm
Peeping Tom | May 24, 6:30pm
49th Parallel | May 29, 7pm

In partnership with the BFI, TIFF Cinematheque’s presentation Of Myth and Magic: The Films of Powell and Pressburger is presented by ISTIC ILLIC PICTURES.

From the Collection
This series is exclusive and FREE to TIFF Members.
Boat People (d. Ann Hui) with Cameron Bailey | May 7, 6:30pm

TIFF New and Restored
July Rhapsody (d. Ann Hui) | May 11, 3:30pm

TIFF Wavelengths Presents
Film Talks: A Touring Programme of Experimental Cinema with introductions by Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne | May 8, 7pm
Film Talks: 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema, edited by Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne, is a collection of unique conversations on experimental cinema, involving a range of international film and video makers from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America. The book represents a snapshot of diverse ways that several practitioners have come to think about the field of experimental cinema in relation to other art forms, moving image culture at large, as well as wider social issues. This touring film programme ― split between two screenings co-presented with the experimental film collective Ad Hoc ― features more than 20 16mm films and video works by several of the artists featured in Film Talks, drawing out new ideas and connections that span different visions of cinema. Programme 1 of Film Talks will screen at TIFF Wavelengths Presents, and Programme 2 will screen with Ad Hoc on May 16, 2024.

Films in Programme 1 include: Candle (d. Neil Henderson); Arm, Flexion, Extension (d. Bea Haut); Inflated (Double) Struggle (d. Jenny Baines); Babbler, Fairy and Thrush (d. Karel Doing); It Matters What (d. Francisca Duran); Four Diamonds (d. Ute Aurand); Dark Garden (d. Nick Collins); Yali (d. Helga Fanderl); Evening Twinkling (d. Helga Fanderl); Afternoon Light (d. Helga Fanderl); Persimmon Tree III (d. Helga Fanderl); Big Waters (d. Helga Fanderl); Gasometers 3 (d. Nicky Hamlyn); and Night-line (d. Andrew Vallance).

Film Talks is supported by the Arts University Bournemouth and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

See the North presented by MUBI
All See the North screenings are FREE to the public.
Octavio is Dead! Introduction by TIFF Acting Lead Programmer, Canada, Norm Wilner with a Q&A following the screening with director Sook-Yin Lee | May 14, 6:30pm

TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings
Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (d. Radu Jude) | May 4, 6:30pm
Magnolia (d. Paul Thomas Anderson) | March 30, 6:30pm
Secrets & Lies (d. Mike Leigh) | May 12, 6:30pm

Lee Chang-dong in Three
Acclaimed filmmaker Lee Chang-dong announced his directorial talents with films that explore Korea’s sweeping political change through the ’80s and ’90s and the social outsiders that are a focus of his work.

Peppermint Candy | May 18, 6:30pm
Green Fish | May 25, 4pm
Oasis | May 26, 6:30pm

Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto.

TIFF Family Films
Window Horses (d. Ann Marie Fleming) | May 19, 1pm

TIFF Next Wave Presents
D.E.B.S. (d. Angela Robinson) | May 22, 6:30pm

MDFF Selects
Fremont (d. Babak Jalali) | May 30, 6:30pm


Silver Screenings: On the Adamant (d. Nicolas Philibert) | May 19, 12pm
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the 2023 documentary from French filmmaker Nicolas Phillibert follows patients and caregivers at a psychiatric centre with a unique floating structure located in the middle of the Seine river in central Paris. Following the screening, audiences are invited to join TIFF for a participatory workshop with a focus on mindfulness and companionship in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

This free event is presented in partnership with JAYU, a Toronto-based organization that offers arts-based programming dedicated to social justice and human rights for youth year-round. We welcome seniors 65+ to invite families and friends to this special event.

Doors Open 2024 | May 25–26
TIFF is proud to participate in Doors Open Toronto, hosted by the City of Toronto, on May 25 and 26, with an exciting lineup of indoor and outdoor experiences. This year, TIFF invites audiences to reflect on the hidden histories of Canadian cinema. Through behind-the-scenes tours and workshops at TIFF Lightbox, audiences will explore the materiality of film — from celluloid and projection to set pieces and props — illuminating the changing technologies of film projection, Toronto’s role as a filming location, and the often-hidden heroes of Canadian film history.

Learn about TIFF’s efforts to preserve and provide access to Canada’s material film history at the TIFF Film Reference Library, and hear some of the exciting stories behind iconic and under-seen Canadian films and filmmakers. Check out Fandemonium: Communities of Cinematic Imagination, a University of Toronto Museum Studies Exhibition in partnership with TIFF.

Capacity is limited. Please book your ticket (maximum two per account) in advance online, through TIFF’s Call Centre, or in-person at the box office. For more information about TIFF Lightbox, visit tiff.net/visit.

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TIFF 2024 takes place September 5–15, 2024.

This major UK-wide celebration (October-December 2023) of legendary writer-producer-director team Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and their enduring creative partnership was led by BFI on behalf of the BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. It was conceived by lead season programmer Robin Baker (BFI Head of Cultural Partnerships), James Bell (BFI National Archive Senior Curator of Fiction Film), and Claire Smith (BFI National Archive Senior Curator of Special Collections), featuring work by expert teams from across the BFI, with a major focus on BFI National Archive restoration and conservation work of original film and paper collections materials preserved by the BFI for decades. Restorations were made possible by The BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, as well as BFI National Archive remasters and the creation of new 35mm prints with funding from the National Lottery and the additional support of donors to the BFI’s ‘Keep Film on Film’ campaign.

The BFI is a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organization for film and the moving image. Our mission is:

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals ― delivered online and in venue
  • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding of film and the moving image
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Jay Hunt. bfi.org.uk

About TIFF
TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission 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 Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, 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.

TIFF is generously supported by Major Sponsors RBC and Visa and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF Cinematheque is supported by Ontario Creates and Canada Council for the Arts.

Silver Screenings is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada.

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