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Retrospectives of Pedro Almodóvar and Straub-Huillet, a tribute to Anna Magnani, and live events with Zadie Smith, Sarah Polley, and Mira Nair

Dec 14, 2016

Our Winter season at TIFF Bell Lightbox features a tribute to the incomparable Italian diva Anna Magnani, a comprehensive retrospective celebrating the undisputed King of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodóvar, the first ever Toronto retrospective of the sternly beautiful cinema of Danielle Huillet and her husband and lifetime collaborator Jean-Marie Straub, and a new series called Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake/Cannot Sleep): Films and Conversations-films-and-conversations), which will kick off with a screening of the powerful documentary We Were Children and a talk featuring Ry Moran and Ian Mosby.

Winter season will also include the Toronto premieres of Forgetting Vietnam, an eloquent and poetic lyrical film essay commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the war to be introduced by its director, the influential feminist theorist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha; Never Eat Alone, the feature debut of Sofia Bohdanowicz, a hybrid fiction that takes a frank and tender look at late-life loneliness; and the theatrical release of Toni Erdmann, the third feature from German director Maren Ade, an alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.

Other new releases this season include Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq’s Maliglutit (Searchers), an Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home; Cristi Puiu’s brilliant new film, Sieranevada, which follows how a patriarch’s wake turns into a full-on familial tempest, Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a wondrous story about the unlikely friendship between a castaway on a deserted island and an enormous sea turtle; and Oscar Shorts, featuring a selection of the 2017 Academy Award–nominated short films.

TIFF’s ongoing subscription series, Books on Film, hosted by Eleanor Wachtel of CBC's Writers & Company, features an impressive line-up of guests that includes some of the most talented female writers and filmmakers working today, such as Man Booker Prize nominee Zadie Smith; Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley; renowned playwright and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy; and celebrated and Award-winning director Mira Nair.

Additional highlights include: Postindustrial, an exhibition of Canadian filmmaker and artist Richard Kerr’s latest lightboxes, which use strips of interwoven film to explore the materiality of film; the first selection of TIFF’s free year-long programme Canada on Screen in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017; a keynote lecture by director and screenwriter Paul Schrader who will revisit the themes of his book Transcendental Style in Film, mini-tributes to Raoul Coutard and the legendary Michael Cimino; a spotlight in celebration of Black History Month that will feature Spike Lee’s still resonant Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, both introduced by Kardinal Offishall; a screening of Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen’s Inside Out, introduced by the film’s editor Kevin Nolting; and family- and youth-focused activities and screenings such as Family Day, March Break Camps, and TIFF Kids Classics.

Tickets for the winter season go on sale January 11 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members and January 18 at 10 a.m. for the public.

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