Running from June 3 to August 26, this summer season celebrates TIFF Cinematheque’s twentieth anniversary by bringing back two momentous retrospectives from its inaugural season, a selective retrospective on Pier Paolo Pasolini, TIFF Cinematheque’s very first presentation during the summer of 1990 at Jackman Hall, and a complete retrospective on Akira Kurosawa, first presented during the Fall season of 1990 at the Backstage. In addition, it will feature first-ever tributes to James Mason and Catherine Breillat; a ten-film tribute to Robin Wood; Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales; an evening with Julian Schnabel; and a special screening of Joyce Wieland’s The Far Shore.
TIFF Cinematheque (formerly Cinematheque Ontario) opened its doors in June of 1990 when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) assumed the operation of the revered Ontario Film Institute, which had been founded by film scholar and author Gerald Pratley in 1969. In its twenty-year history, TIFF Cinematheque has risen to become one of the pre-eminent programming institutions of its kind. Film professionals in the international arena recognize its programming as among the best in the world, highlighting its inspired approach, the quality of presentation and the serious consideration given to all genres and periods of cinema.
“The range and richness of this summer season capture what TIFF Cinematheque has stood for over the past two decades: a fierce adherence to the history of international cinema, and an equally passionate commitment to contemporary film; past and present, radical and classical, social and aesthetic, all in close tandem,” said James Quandt, Senior Programmer for TIFF Cinematheque.