In a nod to its commitment to film preservation, the Toronto International Film Festival announced today that the 2019 TIFF Cinematheque program at the Festival will feature select screenings in 35mm, with two prints coming from the TIFF Film Reference Library Screening Collection, the organization’s own film library. The narrative titles selected will be preceded by guest introductions from Festival filmmakers past and present.
From a 30th-anniversary presentation of a title that premiered at the Festival (Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season) to an acclaimed drama by a director with a new film in the Special Presentations category (Pablo Larraín’s No), this year’s Cinematheque program has strong TIFF ties. Palcy and Larraín will be on hand to discuss their films.
The slate will also pair feature classics with filmmakers they’ve inspired: director Angela Schanelec will present Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket and director Rian Johnson will introduce Herbert Ross’ The Last of Sheila. Rounding out the lineup is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, to be introduced by the director along with Canadian musician Robbie Robertson — the subject of the TIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, which Scorsese executive produced. Palcy and Scorsese will both be receiving retrospectives at TIFF Bell Lightbox later this year.
As part of TIFF’s commitment to cinema heritage and its mission to share film with a wide audience, tickets to all TIFF Cinematheque screenings during the Festival are free and will be distributed at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox on a first-come, first-served basis two hours before each film screening.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2019.
2019 TIFF Cinematheque program
A Dry White Season E
uzhan Palcy | USA (1989)
Robert Bresson | France (1959)
Pablo Larraín | Chile/USA (2012)
The Last of Sheila
Herbert Ross | USA (1973)
The Last Waltz
Martin Scorsese | USA (1978)