Throughout December, S.S. Rajamouli fans can experience the vivid and adventurous storytelling of the South Asian hitmaker on the big screen with a six-film retrospective in Spectacular, Spectacular: The Mythic Cinema of S.S. Rajamouli, including the global sensation RRR.
As announced recently, TIFF is celebrating the timeless and ever-fabulous relationship between fashion and film in the 14-film major retrospective Make it Fashion. The series will launch with an opening-night film, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette; a special runway show from Fashion Art Toronto on Friday, December 2; and an In Conversation With… Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever costume-designer Ruth E. Carter, moderated by Suzanne Boyd, Editor -in-Chief of Zoomer Magazine, on Saturday, December 3. Carter will also give a special introduction that same evening for one of her most legendary credits, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989). The series runs December 2–30 and is curated by guest programmer Alicia Fletcher.
In advance of Women Talking’s limited run at TIFF Bell Lightbox, starting on December 23, TIFF Cinematheque is presenting Sarah Polley and Other Stories, a director spotlight running December 3–17. Polley will also participate in a Q&A following the screening of her documentary feature Stories We Tell on December 10. A special advance screening of Women Talking, presented by RBC and supported by DGC Ontario, on December 7 will be available exclusively to TIFF Members, and will be followed by an onstage conversation with author Miriam Toews and Polley. Click here, for more details.
Then, on December 28, fans of TIFF’s Midnight Madness Presents series can look forward to the North American premiere of the recently restored Belgian-Franco hidden gem, 1975’s Trompe l’oeil. Internationally acclaimed horror expert and Canadian author Kier-La Janisse will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, reception, and book signing of the 10th anniversary edition of her book, House of Psychotic Women.
TIFF Bell Lightbox will also be screening the Toronto premiere of Mathieu Amalric’s 2021 film, Hold Me Tight (Serre moi fort) on January 5, featuring a powerhouse performance from Vicky Krieps ahead of Corsage’s theatrical release, and the Toronto premiere of Ricky D’Ambrose’s 2021 film The Cathedral, his second feature presented as part of the MDFF Selects monthly series.
Also screening this season are the recently restored anniversary editions of must-see films. Slava Tsukerman’s cult-classic Liquid Sky, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, is newly restored in 4K and screening as part of Make it Fashion on December 9. The 25th anniversary remaster of Japanese director Nobuhiro Suwa’s debut fiction feature 2/Duo is marking its Canadian premiere with a 2K restoration screening on December 16. On December 25, catch the Canadian premiere of the new 30th anniversary 4K restoration of Sally Potter’s Orlando; or Bob’s Fosse’s Academy Award–winning Cabaret screening as part of Make it Fashion in 35mm, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And, on December 31, TIFF is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, Cries and Whispers, with a 2K restoration screening.
Upcoming TIFF announcements include the 2022 Canada’s Top Ten list, which will be unveiled on Thursday, December 8, and January – February 2023 programming details will be announced on December 14.
TIFF CINEMATHEQUE SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
New and Restored
December 2 to January 5
A selection of recent restorations that have been painstakingly brought back to life in revived cinematic presentations. Films in this series include Dodsworth (1936), No Fear, No Die (S’en fout la mort) (1990), 2/Duo (1997), Elf (2003), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Hold Me Tight (2021) and Cries and Whispers (1972).
Spectacular, Spectacular: The Mythic Cinema of S.S. Rajamouli
December 3 to 31
A retrospective on filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, whose Telugu-language films have attracted fans worldwide. His latest opus, the critically acclaimed period-action epic RRR, is now spearheading an ambitious awards campaign. Also featuring Magadheera, Eega, Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, and Yamadonga, the series showcases films that defined his ascent from commercial entertainer to Pan-Indian mythmaker, and includes his most beloved works in their native Telugu, with thrilling intermissions observed as the filmmaker originally intended.
Sarah Polley and Other Stories
December 3 to 17
Director Q&A following Stories We Tell on December 10.
A spotlight on Polley’s empathetic and moving early films Away from Her, Stories We Tell, and Take this Waltz, as well as three additional films of her own selection that influenced her work: Sidney Lumet’s verité-influenced thriller Dog Day Afternoon, Sally Potter’s beguiling Virginia Woolf adaptation Orlando, and Lee Chang-dong’s stirring character study Secret Sunshine.
See the North
Virtual Q&A with director Ashley McKenzie, moderated by Senior Programmer Steve Gravestock.
The latest instalment in TIFF’s free series of Canadian cinematic treasures, featuring Ashley McKenzie’s 2016 debut film Werewolf, about two unhoused addicts’ struggle to make ends meet in this nuanced and empathetic film. Werewolf is preceded by McKenzie’s short film Rhonda’s Party.
TIFF Wavelengths Presents – Zachery Longboy: Water into Fire
The screening will be introduced by curator John Greyson and followed by an in-person conversation between Zachery Longboy and filmmaker Jamie Whitecrow.
Named for Michael Snow’s 1967 masterpiece Wavelength, TIFF’s critically acclaimed showcase for experimental cinema and artists’ film and video at the Festival continues year-round at TIFF Cinematheque. This retrospective screening, curated by filmmaker John Greyson, traces Zachery Longboy’s three-decade career of dazzling and emotional storytelling, weaving in layers of his identities as an Indigenous, queer, and HIV-positive activist and creator. Featuring: Eating Lunch (1992), Living Tree (1993), Water into Fire (1994), Confirmation of My Sins (1995), The Stone Show (1999), Guardian of Sleep (2022).
Co-presented with Viral Interventions and Vtape, and with ImagineNATIVE Film Festival.
TIFF Members and TIFF Under 25-Free Pass Holders receive access to year-round TIFF benefits including free access to more than 200 Cinematheque screenings, including those as part of Sarah Polley and Other Stories, as well as exclusive access to purchase tickets for the advance screening of Women Talking. To learn more and join as a TIFF Member, visit tiff.net/membership.