With the unveiling of seven new restored classics from around the world, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Cinematheque programme, now in its 23rd year, is sure to pique the interest of film connoisseurs this September.
Most relevant to Canadians is a new digital restoration of David Cronenberg’s controversial 1975 feature film, Shivers, which will make its world premiere at the Festival. Commissioned by TIFF, the restoration will be featured in a film exhibition celebrating the works of Cronenberg, titled David Cronenberg: Evolution, coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox on November 1.
Brad Deane, Manager of Film Programmes, believes TIFF audiences will be drawn to the screening. “Shivers is the film we’re most excited about,” Deane says. “We restored it here at TIFF for the upcoming Cronenberg exhibition this fall. It was tough to get all of the elements together and the film wasn’t in that great of shape so it’s nice that we found the money and resources to restore it. It’s a film that hasn’t lost its appeal.” Cronenberg will also be in attendance to introduce the screening of Shivers on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
The programme, which tries to focus on new film restorations, is selected by Deane and his team of programmers. “Each year different archives put a lot of time, money and resources into restoring classic films,” he says. “We then try to balance out the programme by picking some of our favourites from world cinema, new discoveries or something we think people haven’t seen in a while. A lot of them are long time favourites from Cinematheque’s year round programming.”
Along with their favourites, Deane says that emotion is one of the most important qualities the team looks for when programming the lineup. “We tend to go for movies that hit you the hardest. This year we have a relatively unknown film from art house filmmaker Lino Brocka called Manila in the Claws of Light. It’s just a devastating film that I think people will really enjoy.” The film, shot in 1975 and considered to be the greatest Philippine film of all time, has only recently become available.
“A lot of the filmmakers we see at TIFF year after year have been inspired by many of the classics that make up this programme,” says Deane. “This is why seeing these films alongside the rest of the Festival selection is so important.”
Tickets to all TIFF Cinematheque screenings during the Festival are complimentary and are distributed at TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis two hours before each film screening.
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