Running from October 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016, Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen (organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and presented in collaboration with TIFF) will make its debut at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Exploring Warhol’s fascination with fame and celebrity, the career-spanning exhibition will include extensive archival materials collected by Warhol, drawings, screen prints, photographs and Polaroids, as well as his film, video and TV works, and will be accompanied by two film programmes: Nothing Special: Andy Warhol’s Star System, a rare selection of 20 of Warhol’s 16mm films; and Liz and Marilyn: Black and White in Colour, a sidebar highlighting his celebrity obsessions with screen icons Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe; along with a series of special guests including curators and archivists from The Andy Warhol Museum.
Film lovers can visit the free exhibition In Love With The Stars in the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery when TIFF’s Film Reference Library re-opens on September 8. The exhibition offers another look at celebrity obsession and the creativity it inspires, through materials from three archival collections in the Film Reference Library: Edith Nadajewski’s Collection of over 1,700 scrapbooks of movie memorabilia collected over a period of 80 years (including several scrapbooks devoted to Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Kim Novak), rare snapshots from Hollywood amateur photographer Jack Pashkovsky, and TIFF’s own photographic collection of festival red carpets and parties from 1976 to the late 1990s.
TIFF Cinematheque continues its commitment to furthering a cultural understanding and appreciation of Canadian and international cinema with a massive, genre-crossing survey of The Art of Stop-Motion Animation, including films from respected masters Ray Harryhausen, Jan Švankmajer and Henry Selick; retrospectives of acclaimed Canadian director Deepa Mehta and French master Maurice Pialat; the last installment of a year-long celebration of one of Canada’s most important living artists, Michael Snow; and TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings, a selection of 11 cult classics including six films that highlight Marlon Brando’s most iconic roles.
New releases this season include the latest bold and moving works from masters of contemporary cinema, as well as new digital restorations of classic films: the highly anticipated martial-arts epic from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin (2015); the ultimate epic phantasmagoria, The Forbidden Room (2015) from Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson; the intricate and beautifully shot 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) from master director Wim Wenders; Naji Abu Nowar’s understated gem, Theeb (2014), a coming-of-age tale of a young Bedouin boy; Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015), based on the classic study of mock prisoners and guards; Stevan Riley’s compelling documentary Listen to Me Marlon (2015), compiled from private audio tapes Marlon Brando recorded; Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015), a rare look into Guggenheim’s private world; and This Changes Everything (2015), inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller and directed by her partner Avi Lewis. Iranian director Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear and FIPRESCI Prizes at the 65th Berlinale for Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015), his documentary-like portrait
of the lives of modern Iranians; while French provocateur Gaspar Noé’s hyper-sexual 3D tale Love (2015) caused controversy in Cannes; Tim Grabham and Jasper Shard’s mesmerizingly creative documentary The Creeping Garden (2014), follows the secret life of a biological anomaly: plasmodial slime mould; three women combat merciless marauders during the last days of the American Civil War in The Keeping Room (2013); Goodnight Mommy (2014) is a haunting, elegiac portrait of a family in crisis; and Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller star in Mississippi Grind (2014), a footloose tale about two itinerant gamblers. TIFF is also thrilled to present two new releases of restored cinematic riches, highlighting TIFF’s ongoing commitment to the preservation, conservation and restoration of a fragile medium such as film: one of Canadian cinema’s long buried treasures, Julian Roffman’s The Mask (Eyes of Hell) (1961/2015), the first feature-length Canadian horror film and first 3D feature made in Canada, restored by TIFF and The 3-D Film Archive (with support from TIFF’s donors and members); and a one-week run of acclaimed director Brad Bird’s gorgeously animated adventure The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (1999), remastered and expanded with two new scenes.
Other film series include Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes, a tribute to the baddest ladies of the silver screen; Gothic: The Dark Heart of British Film reveals the darkest fears, desires, and creatures of the night of cinema; and Pretty Woman and She’s All That battle for the “best makeover” title in this season’s edition of Versus. In addition, The Free Screen brings the best of independent and avant-garde works to Toronto; Short Cuts takes a look at the endless possibilities of short form filmmaking; TIFF Kids Family Fridays screens two classics perfect for a PA Day; and numerous free events include TIFF’s distinctive Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Canadian Open Vault and Culture Days programming. TIFF’s 40th anniversary celebrations continue with the selected TIFF 40: Your Favourites, 10 free screenings of films hand-picked by TIFF’s audiences.
TIFF Bell Lightbox hosts several actors, industry experts and academics this season including Pam Grier, one of cinema’s most dangerous female action stars; producer and writer Sylvie Pialat, Maurice Pialat’s widow; comedy maestro John Landis for a Master Class on Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts (1963); and Michael Snow scholars Malcolm Turvey, Jonathan Walley and Federico Windhausen to discuss the enigmatic artist. Actor Keir Dullea will reflect on his roles in the Canadian classics Paperback Hero (1973) and Black Christmas (1974); and an intimate In Conversation With… Deepa Mehta offers an insightful career look back with one of Canada’s most internationally renowned female filmmakers.
Tickets for the fall season go on sale September 23 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members and on September 30 at 10 a.m. for public. Tickets for New Releases go on sale nine days prior to the release date, starting on September 16 at 10 a.m. Visit TIFF tickets for information or TIFF.