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Masters of Style, Icons of Resistance: Check out the Fall lineup at TIFF

TIFF’s Fall lineup includes a series on Black stars of the silver screen, retrospectives of Sofia Coppola and Andrei Tarkovsky, and new releases from around the world

Sep 18, 2017

Fall is coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox — and sooner than you think — with programming that will inspire, challenge, and transform the way you see the world.

TIFF’s Fall ’17 season includes Black Star (running November 3 to December 22), a groundbreaking programme, in collaboration with the British Film Institute. (BFI Black Star opened at the BFI Southbank in October 2016.) TIFF is honoured to have programmer Ashley Clark, the curator of the series, to introduce the first weekend of screenings. It celebrates the unique icons of Black stardom like Eddie Murphy, Louise Beavers (who transcended the harmful “Mammy” stereotype with her vulnerable, Oscar-nominated performance in 1934’s Imitation of Life), and vaudevillian Bert Williams (who appears in the 1913 film Lime Kiln Club Field Day, the earliest documented film with an all-black principal cast). Guest speakers will frame the discussions: writer and Cleo editor Lydia Ogwang will introduce Haile Gerima’s stark 1975 film Bush Mama, and rapper Kardinal Offishall will speak on John Landis’ 1988 culture-clash comedy Coming to America, among other guest appearances. The sidebar programme Black Star Canada celebrates Black Canadian filmmakers who choose to document their own experiences with screenings that include Stella Meghie’s 2016 intergenerational comedy Jean of the Joneses, Charles Officer’s 2002 lyrical short drama Short Hymn, Silent War, and Clement Virgo’s boundary-breaking 1995 debut Rude.

Bush Mama (1975)

Two series tied to the theme of resistance include films from the Philippines and the Soviet silent era. People Have the Power: Resistance in Filipino Cinema illustrates how the country’s filmmakers have dealt with the horrors of living under Ferdinand Marcos’ regime and its ensuing aftermath. The nine features in this series include a new digital restoration of Lino Brocka’s masterpiece Insiang (1976), Erik Matti’s neo-noir gangster film On the Job (2013), and the newest film by Adolfo Alix Jr., Dark is the Night (2017), which follows a couple caught up in the current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs. Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, known as the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave, will be in attendance to introduce his first film, The Perfumed Nightmare (1977), his critique of capitalism Turumba (1981), his deeply moving work Why is Yellow Middle of the Rainbow (1984–94), and his most recent film, Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI (2015).

The series The Heart of the World: Masterpieces of Soviet Silent Cinema marks 100 years since the Russian revolution. TIFF will screen classics such as Dziga Vertov’s virtuosic “city symphony” Man with a Movie Camera (1928), Yakov Protazanov’s inventive sci-fi Aelita - Queen of Mars (1924), which was long suppressed by Soviet authorities and thought to be lost, and Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic masterwork Battleship Potemkin (1925).

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

From November 9 to November 30, The Poetry of Apocalypse: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky highlights the work widely regarded as the greatest of the postwar Soviet era. Tarkovsky’s films are stark and elemental, while also remaining incredibly sleek and stylish (see: his signature tracking shots and pitch-perfect sound design). TIFF will show the first retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in 15 years with two digital restorations of his sci-fi work Stalker (1979) and Solaris (1972). This series also includes such masterpieces as The Mirror (1974) and his first feature Ivan’s Childhood (1962).

Whether you missed them at Festival or need to see them again, Fall’s new releases will include the TIFF ‘17 titles BPM (Beats Per Minute), a fictional account of the AIDS epidemic in 1990s Paris, directed by Robin Campillo; Agnès Varda and JR’s heartfelt documentary Faces Places; Ruben Östlund’s art-world satire The Square; and The Other Side of Hope, the new film by the legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.

This December will also mark the return of TIFF's Magnificent 70mm series where film-lovers can enjoy epic screenings of prints that include Lawrence of Arabia, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Additional Fall programming includes High Concept: The Films of Denis Villeneuve, to whet your appetite for Blade Runner 2049, a series on the 10 works that influenced our adopted auteur Guillermo del Toro (to complement his fall exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario), and a retrospective of the work of Sofia Coppola. The programme Circle of Three: A Tribute to the TIFF Founders honours the passing of TIFF's co-founder Bill Marshall with new digital presentations of the pathbreaking films produced by Marshall and his longtime partner Henk Van der Kolk, including the queer classic Outrageous! Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To will also come to TIFF this October for his retrospective [Johnnie To: Expect the Unexpected]( For even more Fall highlights, including a series programmed by Toronto filmmakers MDFF, as well as the return of Reel Talk, Canada on Screen, TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings, Short Cuts, Wavelengths, 2167 (featuring special guest filmmaker Kent Monkman), and Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake/Unable to Sleep): Films and Conversations, read the full Fall press release and follow TIFF on Twitter @TIFF_NET.

Tickets for TIFF Bell Lightbox's fall programming go on sale September 27, with an exclusive pre-sale for TIFF Members starting on September 20.

Black Star is supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.

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