Varda by Agnès
Varda by Agnès

An irreplaceable filmmaker’s final feature, a look at the future of our seas, and a retelling of an important Inuk story are among five unique and inspiring Special Events featured at this year’s 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

III featuring a live performance by The Lumineers

This September, triple-platinum artists The Lumineers bring their talents to Toronto with III, a visual companion to their upcoming third record of the same name. Split into three chapters, the visual album follows three generations of a working-class family in the American Northeast.

Following the screening, fans will have the opportunity to experience some of The Lumineers’ upcoming release early. The band will hit the stage for a live performance, followed by a Q&A with the band and director Kevin Phillips.

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk with Zacharias Kunuk

One of Canada’s most essential filmmakers, Zacharias Kunuk, is coming to TIFF with his latest work: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, a powerful tale about colonialism and Inuit–settler relations. Kunuk is known for his groundbreaking films, which include the award-winning epic Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner — the first feature made in Inuktitut.

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk takes place on North Baffin Island in 1961. It is a fictionalized account of an encounter between respected Inuk elder Noah Piugattuk and a government emissary, who tries to enforce a policy that will create a fundamental rupture in the lives of Inuit. There will be a Q&A following the screening.

Varda by Agnès

To celebrate the incredible career of the late Agnès Varda, TIFF will present a Special Event screening of her final work, Varda by Agnès. An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, the self-reflective film sheds light on Varda’s experience as a director, bringing a personal insight from the “Mother of the French New Wave” to what she calls “cine-writing.”

Following the screening, female filmmakers inspired by Varda will be on stage for a post-screening discussion.

Sanctuary with Javier Bardem

Tackling the environmental and conservation crisis, Sanctuary is the story of a scientific, political, and media campaign to preserve the Antarctic Ocean. Actor Carlos Bardem and Oscar winner Javier Bardem, brothers and Antarctic Ambassadors for Greenpeace, star in the film, which they also produced. Sanctuary follows the Bardems’ submarine journey to explore the coldest sea on earth and their attempt to raise awareness of Greenpeace conservation initiatives.

Following the film’s world premiere, director Álvaro Longoria will take the stage with Javier Bardem for an extended conversation about the film and how we can protect the Antarctic Ocean’s invaluable resources.

David Foster: Off the Record
David Foster: Off the Record

Barry Avrich’s David Foster: Off the Record was previously announced as part of the Special Events program.

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