#TIFF: TIFF ANNOUNCE 70MM CLASSICS SCREENINGS THIS HOLIDAY
Today, TIFF is proud to unveil a full programming slate of the most anticipated New Releases, rare retrospectives, and holiday classics coming to the TIFF Bell Lightbox this December.
From the Collection returns with Member-exclusive 35mm screenings of The Piano and Dust in the Wind with TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey. Reviving a beloved TIFF tradition, Magnificent 70mm presents a slate of rare 70mm prints this holiday season including favourites like Boogie Nights, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and this summer’s box office spectacular Oppenheimer from Christopher Nolan. TIFF is one of the few theatres in Toronto where audiences can watch classics on 70mm and celebrate the way these films were meant to be seen. This series is generously supported by Jennifer Tory.
TIFF Cinematheque will also celebrate German filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch with a new retrospective, The Lubitsch Touch, featuring rare 35mm prints. An exceptional example of a filmmaker whose career began in the silent era and who transitioned with apparent ease into the talkies, Lubitsch is best known for sophisticated films with a dry wit and modern sense of humour, a quality that later became known as the “Lubitsch touch”.
Just in time for the holidays are celebratory and participatory singalong events from Sing-a-Long-a, featuring special screenings of The Sound of Music and The Greatest Showman. On December 16 from 6–8pm in Varda, there will also be a special musical performance to bring in the holidays. Raoul Bhaneja and Tyler Yarema, veterans of the Toronto swing and blues scenes, will perform a special duo show at Varda, showcasing both artists on vocals, accompanied by Yarema’s deft piano stylings.
As part of December’s festive programming are a Q&A with filmmaker Whit Stillman for the screening of his cult classic and ultimate winter-break film Metropolitan; Coopers’ Christmas with Canadian filmmaker Warren Sonoda in attendance; and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
In addition, TIFF Bell Lightbox will be showing New Releases fresh off their run at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, including Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Monster (Cannes 2023 Winner, Queer Palm and Best Screenplay), and Ava DuVernay’s Origin (Venice 2023 Nominee, Golden Lion Best Film). And, see the highly anticipated exclusive release of Bradley Cooper’s Maestro at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Zack Synder’s exclusive limited run of the epic sci-fantasy Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire in 70mm. TIFF Bell Lightbox is one of four theatres screening the film in the world.
Tickets for all titles are on sale now at tiff.net.
From the Collection | tiff.net/fromthecollection
These screenings are exclusively available to TIFF Members. To become a Member, visit tiff.net/membership.
The Piano (d. Jane Campion) with Cameron Bailey | December 5, 6:30pm
Holly Hunter won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ada, a nonspeaking Scotswoman who is sold into marriage to a settler (Sam Neill) in rugged 19th-century New Zealand.
Dust in the Wind (d. Hou Hsiao-hsien) with Cameron Bailey | January 2, 6:30pm
Wan (Wang Chien-wen), a studious teenager from a small mining town, moves to Taipei with his girlfriend Huen (Hsin Shu-Fen) where they make new friends, obtain tedious employment, and pledge to get married upon Wan’s return from compulsory military service ― but as both discover, life’s seeming certainties are always less than certain.
Magnificent 70mm | tiff.net/70mm
Boogie Nights (d. Paul Thomas Anderson) | December 1, 6:15pm // December 7 & 10, 6:30pm
The setting is the porn industry of the late ’70s, just before video and cocaine would effectively destroy the industry for its stars — but Boogie Nights’ real subject is what happened when the revolutionary politics of the 1960s and ’70s morphed into pure hedonism mixed with greed and absurdly conspicuous consumption.
2001: A Space Odyssey (d. Stanley Kubrick) | December 2, 6:30pm // December 8, 6:30pm // December 15, 1pm
Racing a cosmic mystery from the dawn of mankind to the farthest reaches of time and space, 2001 chronicles an intergalactic mission to find the origin of a mysterious black monolith discovered by American astronauts on the moon.
Print courtesy of TIFF’s Film Reference Library
Oppenheimer (d. Christopher Nolan) | December 13, 6:30pm // December 21 & 23, 1pm
Nolan’s account of the life and legacy of the “father of the atomic bomb” is a story he tells in two ways: through J. Robert Oppenheimer’s wartime recruitment to the Manhattan Project, and the later security hearings over Communist ties that risked ruining his career.
Nope (d. Jordan Peele) | December 29, 1pm // December 31, 3pm // January 3, 6:30pm
Writer-director Jordan Peele follows his genre-bending thrillers Get Out and Us with this western-horror adventure about a strange phenomenon terrorizing a California movie ranch from the skies above. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Michael Wincott.
West Side Story (d. Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise) | December 22, 6:30pm // December 24, 8:30pm // December 30, 5:30pm
The 10-time Academy Award–winning take on Romeo and Juliet — only in this version, the ill-fated romance blooms during a turf war between rival street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in 1960s New York City.
Lawrence of Arabia (d. David Lean) | December 26, 6:30pm // December 30, 11:30am // January 4, 12:30pm
David Lean’s account of T.E. Lawrence’s efforts to unify nomadic desert tribes against the Ottoman Turks during World War I is equal parts war film and existential romance, as the arid expanses of the desert draw the British scholar and adventurer into their beckoning, soul-stirring emptiness.
Magnificent 70mm is supported by Jennifer Tory.
The Lubitsch Touch | tiff.net/lubitsch
Ninotchka | December 2, 3pm & December 10, 3pm
Soviet special envoy Ninotchka Yakushova (Greta Garbo), a self-serious administrator, is dispatched to France to check on three wayward comrades who’ve fallen prey to the temptations of Western capitalism.
To Be or Not to Be | December 3, 3pm
A satirical depiction of the Nazis set against romantic misadventure and a self-reflexive interrogation of the role of the dramatic arts in dark times.
The Love Parade | December 3, 6:30pm
The unwed Queen of Sylvania (Jeanette MacDonald) and a philandering Count (Maurice Chevalier) find their way to one another in this musical love story that subverts traditional gender roles.
Heaven Can Wait | December 9, 3pm
A charming, deceptively light comedy-fantasy, Heaven Can Wait begins in the anteroom of Hell, where recently deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) calmly awaits what he believes will be a sure condemnation to perdition for his earthly sins.
Rosita | December 16, 4pm
A street performer (Mary Pickford) attracts the lustful eye of the lecherous king, but her heart is reserved for the man who saved her from the royal guards.
Cluny Brown | December 17, 3pm
Adapted from the popular novel by Margery Sharp, the romantic comedy depicts the misadventure of the eponymous character (Jennifer Jones) as she questions and attempts to find her place as a woman in British society.
The Shop Around the Corner | December 20, 6:30pm & December 24, 3pm
In a Budapest notions store during the Depression, longtime clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart), sniffily conscious of aapecking order and seniority, takes an instant dislike to newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan). The two exchange barbs and brickbats while each nurses a secret passion for a pen pal they have never met.
Trouble in Paradise with Alicia Fletcher | December 23, 5pm
Starring Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins as Gaston Monescu and Lily Vautier, a charming gentleman con artist and his pickpocket lover, the film follows the pair on a heist that evolves into a love triangle when they target Madame Colet (Kay Francis), the elegant and wealthy head of the Colet & Co. perfume empire.
Design for Living | December 27, 6:30pm
The striking and confident Gilda (Miriam Hopkins) works as a commercial artist for a successful advertising agency. Upon meeting roommates and close friends Tom (Fredric March) and George (Gary Cooper) on a train to Paris, Gilda ignites a fierce love triangle between all three.
TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings | tiff.net/special
Metropolitan with Whit Stillman | December 14, 6:30pm
After leaving a debutante’s ball in his rented tux, self-serious Princeton student Tom Townsend (Edward Clements) is inadvertently brought into the cloistered world of a clan of young socialites living off of Old Money on the Upper East Side.
Distant Voices, Still Lives (d. Terence Davies) | December 17, 6:30pm
Commemorating the life and work of the unparalleled British filmmaker Terence Davies, who sadly passed away earlier this year, this partly autobiographical tale evokes his upbringing in Liverpool after the war in a working-class home dominated by the violence of his father, fearsomely played by then-newcomer Pete Postlethwaite.
Eyes Wide Shut (d. Stanley Kubrick) | December 31, 6:30pm
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play Bill and Alice Hartford, a wealthy couple whose seemingly stable relationship is suddenly upended by Alice’s confession of a prior erotic obsession, which sends the shocked Bill out of their NYC apartment and into a nocturnal world of sexual fantasy and intrigue.
Midnight Madness | tiff.net/midnightmadness
The Empty Man with David Prior | December 16, 6:30pm
Introduction by Midnight Madness Presents Programmers Peter Kuplowsky and Liane Cunje, followed by a Q&A with writer-director David Prior, and moderated by film critic Adam Nayman.
A retired cop (James Badge Dale) investigates the sudden disappearance of a group of teens and their connection to the urban legend of “the empty man”, an enigmatic entity who over three days is said to malignantly encroach upon the psyche of anyone who dares summon him.
TIFF Wavelengths Presents | tiff.net/wavelengths
Site and Simulation curated by Aria Dean | December 13, 6:30pm
Featuring artists Diego Marcon, Rachel Rose, Aria Dean, Harun Farocki, Nancy Holt, and Robert Smithson, this programme exhibits moving-image works that explore the entanglement of sites and their simulations. Specifically, these films draw out the virtual dimensions of real sites, and the real dimensions of the virtual, often in order to pinpoint political and historical fissures in reality as we understand it.
Site and Simulation curated by Aria Dean is presented in partnership with The Vega Foundation, and coincides with Aria Dean: Abattoir, U.S.A.!, an art exhibition on view at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery until January 7, 2024.
TIFF Next Wave Presents | tiff.net/nwp
We Are Little Zombies (d. Makoto Nagahisa) | December 6, 6:30pm
A visually-explosive, hyper-fun feature debut follows four teenage orphans who form a pop-punk band and slowly learn to process the emotions of their parents’ recent deaths.
MDFF Selects | tiff.net/mdff
Still Film | December 28, 6:30pm
Introduction by MDFF Co-Founder Kaz Radwanski with a virtual Q&A with director James Kienitz Wilkins following the screening.
Brooklyn-based artist-filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins transforms four decades of 35mm presskit photos from Hollywood blockbusters into an off-beat court case of cinephilia. All characters are voiced by Kienitz Wilkins as they argue and debate movie culture and its hold on memory. Kienitz Wilkins’ previous feature The Plagiarists screened as part of TIFF Cinematheque in 2020, and his shorts have been screened in Wavelengths.
See the North | tiff.net/seethenorth
Coopers’ Christmas with Warren Sonoda | December 12, 6:30pm
Secrets are exposed, inappropriate crushes are revealed, and misery turns out to be twice as excruciating when it’s captured by the merciless lens of a cheap VHS camcorder found under the tree.
TIFF Family Films | tiff.net/family
The Nightmare Before Christmas (d. Tim Burton) | December 10, 1pm
The beloved Pumpkin King of HalloweenTown stumbles upon a doorway to Christmas Town. Inspired after witnessing the amazing wonders of the latter holiday, he decides to take over Christmas.
Silver Screenings Presents: Rosita with George A. Walker | December 8, 11am
Each month, this free series brings seniors together to connect with fellow film lovers and participate in a variety of events, including peer-led film discussions, interactive workshops, and classes. This screening is free for seniors 65+. Please note: this is a silent film with a recorded score.
Following this screening of Lubitisch’s Rosita, starring Mary Pickford, local artist George A. Walker will join the audience for a talk. Walker is best known for his wood engravings and wordless novels, including Pickford, “The Queen of the Silent Film Era.” Capacity for this talk is limited and pre-registration is required. RSVP here to register.
Silver Screenings is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music | December 14, 7pm // December 17, 2:30pm
The smash-hit musical show returns to TIFF Bell Lightbox for the first time since 2015. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Award-winning comedian Martha Chaves will guide the audience through the show, including a warm-up and the famous fancy-dress competition.
Canadian Premiere of Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman | December 16, 2:30pm
This screening of the high-energy 2017 musical will be the first time in Canada the film is experienced in this Sing-a-long-a format. Cheer on Hugh Jackman and moon after Zac Efron as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible ― with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want. Award-winning comedian Martha Chaves will be your host and teach you a unique set of dance moves. Costumes are strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential.
International Cinema Cafe | December 17, 10:30am
Reel Talk is now International Cinema Cafe and continues to provide a snapshot of the best cinema from around the world, with a focus on films submitted for Best International Picture at the Academy Awards and hidden gems that may not see wide release.
Secret Movie Club | December 19, 7pm
Part of the fun is the surprise: titles are not announced ahead of time, and all screenings are previews of films not yet released in theatres. Each event offers a fun post-film discussion with a member of the film team — such as a director, screenwriter, producer, or actor — a critic, or a subject expert.
*Opens December 1 | Exclusive | Atmos
Maestro | Netflix Studios
*Opens December 1
Monster | Photon Films
Playing December 7
Raging Grace | Vortex Media
An undocumented Filipina immigrant lands a job as a care-worker for a terminal old man, securing a better life for her and her daughter. But a dark discovery threatens to destroy everything she’s strived for and holds dear, in Paris Zarcilla’s latest film.
✅ SXSW Film Festival 2023 – Winner, SXSW Grand Jury Award and Thunderbird Rising Award
*Opens December 8
Eileen | Elevation Pictures
*Opens December 15 | Canadian Premiere | Exclusive 70mm limited run
Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire | Netflix Studios
*Opens December 22
Society of the Snow | Netflix Studios
Opens January 19
Origin | Elevation Pictures
Ava DuVernay directs an inspired adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s life, as she digs into the nuance of discrimination while writing what would become her New York Times bestselling book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
✅ TIFF 2023 – Official Selection, Gala Presentations
✅ Venice Film Festival 2023 – Nominee, Golden Lion Best Film
COMING IN JANUARY
To kick off 2024, TIFF Cinematheque is presenting Alone in the Arena: Genre-Defining Sports Films, the late TIFF programmer Ravi Srinivasan’s last curated series, which features nine iconic sports films that influenced and transformed the genre including classics like White Men Can’t Jump and The Wrestler. Srinivasan’s love of film was equally matched by his love of sports, and this series is an homage to both Srinivasan and his take on the often underappreciated genre of sports films. Additionally, Canada’s Top Ten List for 2023 will be unveiled on December 7, and it will be followed by a four-day industry event (January 25-28), featuring an opening night celebration, and screenings of this year’s selections.
TIFF’s January programming slate will be announced on December 15, 2023.