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A Summer of French Crime Thrillers and Women in Film

TIFF’s Summer lineup includes a Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective, an in-person appearance by Olivier Assayas, and plenty of Kathryn Bigelow and Ida Lupino to go around

May 19, 2017

Soon enough, it’s gonna be hot. Between after-work drinks on your favourite patio and staycations on Toronto Island, let TIFF Bell Lightbox be your air-conditioned second home.

As the weather heats up, so does TIFF’s Summer programming. And nothing’s hotter than a 1967-era Alain Delon, clad in a high-buttoned trench and a grey Borsalino, brandishing a weapon and a deadly secret. In three retrospectives, TIFF celebrates a summer in France with plenty of crime, drama, and high style to go around. Panique: French Crime Classics honours the no-holds-barred noir of filmmakers that include Julien Duvivier, Georges Franju, Claude Chabrol, and Henri-Georges Clouzot, as well as a retrospective of Jean-Pierre Melville. None other than French filmmaker Olivier Assayas will be on hand to introduce screenings in his own career-length retrospective, as well as movies he admires.

TIFF also celebrates Women in Film with two retrospectives on two very different filmmakers. After breaking out as an actress — she was dubbed “the English Jean Harlow” — our series Independent Woman: Ida Lupino chronicles her journey as one of the first women to direct films in Hollywood studio system of the 1940s and ’50s. We also honour latter-day action auteur Kathryn Bigelow with screenings from her body of work. (Do not miss the chance to see Point Break on the big screen.)

Canada turns 150 on July 1. To celebrate our country’s big birthday, TIFF’s Canada on Screen programming continues with a Canada Day marathon, as well as two ambitious installations. Project 2167, an exhibition in collaboration with imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, asks six Indigenous filmmakers and artists to envision the country 150 years from now through a series of VR projects. Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and the interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity will be the first three artists to display their works at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Art lovers can attend an exclusive artist talk between the legendary Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, and Michael Snow, who will discuss their moving installations, included as part of Canada on Screen.

But wait, there’s more: New releases this season include Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Lily Gladstone; The Commune, the new film from celebrated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg; Martin Butler and Bentley Dean’s Tanna, a tale of forbidden love set on a remote South Pacific island; Cristian Mungiu’s incisive morality play Graduation, which won him the Best Director prize at Cannes last year; Ana Lily Amirpour’s “cannibal rom-com” The Bad Batch; David Lowery’s acclaimed supernatural drama A Ghost Story, an unforgettable meditation on legacy, loss, and longing starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, a feminist cautionary tale of betrayal and revenge; and Lina Rodriguez’s Mañana a esta hora (This Time Tomorrow), an intimate and astute study of a loving Bogotá family starting to come apart at the seams.

TIFF’s popular Books on Film series continues with forthcoming appearances by author Colm Tóibín on the adaptation of his book Brooklyn, and director Mira Nair on her latest film, Queen of Katwe. For Food on Film, Tanya Tagaq will introduce Angry Inuk and lead a discussion the politics of seal meat, while Susur Lee talks on Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman and the importance of food and family.

You can check out all of TIFF’s summer 2017 films and events on our homepage. Member tickets are on sale now; everyone else can buy starting May 24 at 10 am. It’s finally here — three months of air-conditioned bliss at the movies.