After a long, hot summer and the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF has a very, very busy slate of film awesomeness coming at us for the fall season. From spies to zombies, and Charles Dickens to the best of this year’s commercials, music videos and short films, TIFF has it all.


This season’s major exhibition, starting on October 26, 2012 and running until late January, is Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style. Making its North American debut at TIFF Bell Lightbox, it will give visitors a view of the James Bond franchise they’ve never seen before – decor, design, and its influence on contemporary style and the action genre. Also complementing the exhibition will be three special film programmes.

TIFF Cinematheque

TIFF continues with its focus on restorations and new prints of various Hollywood Classics , from October 30 to January 1. Films include What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? , Funny Face , The Birds , The Searchers , and Saturday Night Fever .

From November 8 to December 9, it’s Magnificent Obsession: The Films of Werner Schroeter , highlighting the work of the influential yet little known New German Cinema director.

There are a couple of excellent short but sweet special programmes. The first, from November 14 to 21, is Indian Expressionism: Germany and Bollywood’s Unexpected Connection , exploring the German Expressionist influence on Indian cinema. Series curator Meenakshi Shedde will also give a lecture before the November 15 screening of Pinjra . And from November 22 to 25 is Where Are the Films of Nicolás Pereda? , highlighting the work of this rising star of Mexican cinema.

Just in time for Christmas, and in keeping with the author’s 200th birthday, it’ll be Dickens on Screen , running from December 13 to January 3. TIFF will screen several adaptations of Dickens’ work –   A Tale of Two Cities , Great Expectations , Oliver! , Hard Times , and A Christmas Carol . TIFF will also feature other Dickens related fare; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby from 1984, TV documentary Dickens on Film , and animated film Dickens in London .

And marking off our apparent End of Days (remember those Mayan calendar shenanigans?), TIFF brings us Countdown to Armageddon from December 14 to 21. This series gives us some of the absolute best in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic classics (if you haven’t already seen them, you really need to) such as The Quiet Earth , Dr. Strangelove , Last Night ,   The Road Warrior and more.

Special Events

So many great special events, so little time. The X-Men Master: Gordon Smith exhibit continues, but starting this fall, you can go on a special tour of it. These free 30 minute public tours run four times every week, on Thursdays at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 and 2:30 pm.

And Toronto’s 7th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche takes place on September 29, and once again TIFF will have some special programming to go with it. Notable events include “Cent une tueries de zombies,” an installation of 101 death scenes from zombie films and television screening on a loop from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, and “Strange Love/Strange Lives,” a programme of silent films with live musical accompaniment.

A couple of other special events this season include an onstage conversation on October 1 with cultural critic Slavoj Žižek, and an Eraserhead Master Class with Canadian director Vincenzo Natali ( Cube and Splice ) on October 9 for a discussion with TIFF’s artistic director about David Lynch’s Eraserhead .


In accordance with the Halloween season, the new series Living Dread: The Cinema of George A. Romero begins on October 31 and runs until November 4. TIFF will screen Romero’s Living Dead trilogy and several other classics, and a special 30th anniversary showing of Creepshow on Halloween.

From November 10 to December 29, the series Birth of a Villain will run, exploring the films of John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper, who created such long lasting villains as Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface.

And Packaged Goods is back with two programmes this fall. On October 10, it’s The Evolution of the Music Video, and on December 12, they’ve got the Best of the Year 2012, a year end edition of the series, showcasing the year’s best in commercials, music videos and short films.

In Conversation

Always interesting are TIFF’s In Conversation With… evenings, and there are three scheduled for this fall. First up is Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah on October 4. Legendary zombie filmmaker, George A. Romero will be in conversation with TIFF programmer Colin Geddes, appropriately scheduled for Halloween on October 31. And in conjunction with the James Bond exhibition, John Glen, one of the longest-serving members of the Bond production team, takes the stage on December 10.

Free Screen

The Free Screen is back at TIFF this fall, featuring the latest and greatest in experimental film and video, personal essays and hybrid documentaries. Programmer Chris Kennedy has put together a slate that includes the work of Jordan Belson, Japanese director Masao Adachi, French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and filmmakers Gregory J. Markopoulos and Robert Beavers.

New Releases

TIFF Bell Lightbox will feature a whole slew of new releases this fall, including several that were part of the recent TIFF festival. Celebrated Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s new film Laurence Anyways (which just won Best Canadian Feature) will screen, as well as a couple of new Canadian documentaries, Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle and Peter Mettler’s The End of Time . Other official selections from the festival to be released are Miguel Gomes’ Tabu and the newly restored 3D version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Dial M For Murder . Part of 2011’s festival, and also beginning its theatrical run at TIFF this fall, is Ron Fricke’s Samsara . Other new releases on tap include Nobody Walks , Keep the Lights On , Chasing Ice , Holy Motors and Entre les bras .

What:  TIFF’s fall programming

When: Beginning September 21, 2012 and running throughout the fall

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

More info: For additional details, visit their website.