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Retrospectives, Programmes & Festivals
Aug 15 - 27
Here And Now: Contemporary Arab Women Filmmakers @ Lightbox
New, vital voices from the Middle East and Africa. This week:
Salt Of The Sea (2008, Palestine/France/Switzerland/Belgium/Spain, D: Annemarie Jacir) -- Aug 15, 6:15pm
Where Do We Go Now? (2011, France/Lebanon/Italy/Egypt, D: Nadine Labaki) -- Aug 16, 6:30pm
3000 Nights (2015, Palestine/France/Jordan/Lebanon/UAE/Qatar, D: Mai Masri) -- Aug 17, 6:30pm
A Perfect Day (2005, Lebanon/France, D: Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige) -- Aug 20, 6:30pm
House In The Fields (2017, Morocco/Qatar, D: Tala Hadid) -- Aug 21, 8:30pm
Coming Forth By Day (2012, Egypt/UAE, D: Hala Lotfy) w/ Nourhan Hesham -- Aug 22, 6:30pm
Aug 16 - 17
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival @ Alliance Francaise
Young filmmaking stars shine.
Aug 16 - 18
Woodstock Revisited @ Hot Docs
Taking stock of a musical event that blew up into a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. This week:
My Generation (2000, USA, D: Barbara Kopple) -- Aug 16, 6:30pm
Alice's Restaurant (1969, USA, D: Arthur Penn) -- Aug 16, 9:00pm
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019, USA, D: A.J. Eaton) -- Aug 17, 2:30pm
Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock (1999, USA, D: Michael Wadleigh) -- Aug 17, 4:45pm
Long Strange Trip (2017, USA, D: Amir Bar-Lev) -- Aug 17, 7:00pm
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2014, USA, D: Amy Berg) -- Aug 18, 1:00pm
The Last Waltz (1978, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Aug 18, 3:30pm
Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace And Music (1970, USA, D: Michael Wadleigh) -- Aug 18, 6:00pm
Aug 17
Rendezvous In August: Discovering Jacques Becker @ Lightbox
Detail-oriented Jacques Becker spans genres while viewing France with clear eyes. This week:
Falbalas (1945, France, D: Jacques Becker) -- Aug 17, 1:30pm
Aug 17
Mulan International Film Festival
From China to Toronto.
Aug 18
David Lynch: The Big Dream @ Lightbox
Lynch turns celluoloid into the stuff of dreams and nightmares. This week:
Mulholland Drive (2001, USA, D: David Lynch) -- Aug 15, 3:15pm
Twin Peaks: The Return eps 1,2 & 8 (2017, USA, D: David Lynch) -- Aug 18, 5:30pm   Free!
Blue Velvet (1986, USA, D: David Lynch) -- Aug 19, 8:50pm
Aug 24
Time After Time: The Films Of Alain Resnais @ Lightbox
The subjectivity of time and memory informs the masterful films of Alain Resnais. This week:
Stavisky (1974, France/Italy, D: Alain Resnais) -- Aug 16, 8:40pm
Aug 26
Insolent Enigma/Arrogant Auteur: Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg @ Lightbox
Von Sternberg's collaborations with Marlene Dietrich fuse directorial exoticism and artifice to the actor's studied sense of indifference. This week:
Rancho Notorious (1952, USA, D: Fritz Lang) -- Aug 18, 1:15pm
Aug 31
Jeanne Moreau, L'Immortelle @ Lightbox
Revisit the smart and sexy roles of the great French actress. This week:
Jules et Jim (1961, France, D: Francois Truffaut) -- Aug 16, 4:00pm
The Lovers (1958, France, D: Louis Malle) -- Aug 17, 4:15pm
Mademoiselle (1966, UK/France, D: Tony Richardson) -- Aug 18, 3:30pm
Bay Of Angels (1963, France, D: Jacques Demy) -- Aug 21, 6:30pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Aug 15 Jaws (1975, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Heat Wave
"This shark, swallow you whole."
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 15 Chosen Survivors (1974, Mexico/USA, D: Sutton Roley)
Mankind's last representatives wait out the apocalypse underground only to discover that they aren't alone.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Aug 15 Dons Of Disco (2018, USA, D: Jonathan Sutak)   Stompbox
The face and the voice of an Italian pop sensation each claim the act's success for their own.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 15 You've Got Mail (1998, USA, D: Nora Ephron)   T.O. Picture Show
Rivals in the bookstore business meet anonymously on the internet. Outdoors!
@ Bell Manor Park 8:45pm
Aug 15 New York Cat Film Festival
Frolicking furry felines.
@ The Fox 9:00pm
Aug 15 Spice It Up (2018, Canada, D: Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas)   MDFF Presents
A shy film student deals with indifference and dismissiveness in trying to complete her thesis project. Filmmakers in attendance. A Higher Learning session on presenter MDFF will take place earlier in the evening at 8:00pm.
@ Lightbox 9:10pm
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Woodstock (1970, USA, D: Michael Wadleigh)
The 1960s counterculture gathers en masse at the mother of all rock festivals.
@ Cineplex
Aug 16
Aug 17
The Great Gatsby (2013, USA, D: Baz Luhrmann)
Luhrmann doubles down on the excess of F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz-age classic.
@ Cinesphere
Aug 16 Star Wars (1977, USA, D: George Lucas)
Original theatrical cut.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Aug 16 Xanadu (1980, USA, D: Robert Greenwald)   Retropath
Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (!) create an ELO-scored roller disco paradise.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 16 Nomads (1986, USA, D: John McTiernan)   Fear Is Free Fridays
Nosferatu In Venice (1988, Italy, D: Augusto Caminito)
Fear x 2.
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Aug 16 Wajib (2017, Palestine/France/Colombia/Germany, D: Annemarie Jacir)
A prodigal son returns to Nazareth to help his father hand deliver his sister's wedding invitations. Outdoors! Presented by the Toronto Palestine Film Festival.
@ Christie Pits 8:45pm
Aug 16 Piranha (1978, USA, D: Joe Dante)   Fox Flashback
Genetically-modified flesh-eating fish are unleashed upon a downriver summer resort. Scripted by John Sayles!
@ The Fox 9:15pm
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The Right Stuff (1983, USA, D: Philip Kaufman)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
The Mercury space program prepares men to go to space.
@ Cineplex
Aug 17 A Dog's Journey (2019, USA/China/India/Hong Kong, D: Gail Mancuso)   Family Favourites
A dog discovers the meaning of existence.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Aug 17
Aug 18
The Dark Crystal (1982, USA, D: Jim Henson & Frank Oz)
A humble gelfling quests to stop the Skeksis' reign of evil in this muppet fantasy.
@ The Revue
Aug 17 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Japan, D: Hayao Miyazaki)
A young witch makes a stab at independence. A Studio Ghibli classic.
@ The Fox 1:30pm
Aug 17 Usuke Boys (2018, Japan, D: Yuji Kakizaki)
Young wine enthusiasts become wine-makers when a vintner shows them the possibilities of Japanese-made wine.
@ JCCC 3:30pm
Aug 17 Gidget (1965, USA, D: Frederick Kohner)
Beach movies in the Beaches! Sandra Dee invades Malibu to surf the waves.
@ The Fox 4:15pm
Aug 17 Roar (1981, USA, D: Noel Marshall)   Colin Geddes' Kinovortex
A wildlife preservationist and his family live alongside wild jungle cats. Notorious for the fact that the director, wife Tippi Hedren, daughter Melanie Griffith and others actually lived alongside (and were constantly attacked by) those same jungle cats.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Aug 17 Top Gun (1986, USA, D: Tony Scott)   Fox Flashback
"That was some of the best flying I've seen to date - right up to the part where you got killed." Flyboys reach for the sky.
@ The Fox 9:15pm
Aug 18
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Jurassic Park (1993, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Flashback Film Series
Cloned dinos run amuck at a state-of-the-art theme park.
@ Cineplex
Aug 18
- Aug 25
Apocalypse Now (Final Cut) (1979, USA, D: Francis Ford Coppola)
Martin Sheen goes upriver to find the heart of darkness. New 4K restoration and cut! Also screening in IMAX on Aug 15 and 18 only.
@ Cineplex
Aug 18 Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965, Canada, D: Don Owen & Donald Brittain)    Free!
Canada's legendary poet and musician is profiled in this informal portrait of the man in his hometown environment.
@ The Revue 12:00pm
Aug 18 Knock Down The House (2019, USA, D: Rachel Lears)
Grassroots campaigns propel a quartet of women in the fight against incumbent complacency and a conservative-dominated congress. A panel discussion follows the film. Presented by Beaches-East York NDP candidate Mae Nam.
@ The Fox 1:30pm
Aug 18 Carmen (1915, USA, D: Cecil B. DeMille)
Silent opera! A gypsy woman seduces an officer to aid her people. Plus: mezzo-soprano Cassandra Warner will sing selected arias from the opera and will discuss the film.
@ The Revue 4:00pm
Aug 18 Animated Films   Menstruation Nation
Cartoon surprises from the late 1990s reveal unexpected fascination with human darkness.
@ Eyesore Cinema 5:30pm
Aug 18 Before Midnight (2013, USA, D: Richard Linklater)
Now-married Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) reach a crisis point in their relationship during a Greek vacation.
@ Lightbox 5:45pm
Aug 18 Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010, USA, D: Edgar Wright)
"Once upon a time in the mysterious land of Toronto ..." Michael Cera frustrates his friends, plays indie rock and fights his new girlfriend's evil exes. Celebrating 15 years of the source graphic novel. Presented by The Beguiling.
@ The Royal 6:00pm
Aug 18 Gattaca (1997, USA, D: Andrew Niccol)   Christie Pits Film Festival
Ethan Hawke takes over the life of a genetically superior human so that he can travel to the stars. Plus: short She Stoops To Conquer. Outdoors!
@ Christie Pits 8:30pm
Aug 18 Death Proof (2007, USA, D: Quentin Tarantino)   Allysin Chaynes Presents
Stuntwoman Zoe Bell and pals encourage Kurt's 'Stuntman Mike' to give up his chick habit. Boozy drag queen commentary provided by Allysin Chaynes.
@ The Royal 9:00pm
Aug 19 Autonomy (2019, USA, D: Alex Horwitz)   Doc Soup
All about self-driving cars. Free for subscribers!
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Aug 19 The Warriors (1979, USA, D: Walter Hill)
Come out and play! A colorful street gang is hunted by their equally flamboyant counterparts.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 20 Slaves Of New York (1989, USA, D: James Ivory)   Designing The Movies
Aspiring New York artists and designers look for their big break. With Bernadette Peters, Chris Sarandon & Steve Buscemi! Host Nathalie Atkinson will discuss '80s hair and hats before the film. Screening as a flashback to the summer of 1989!
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 20 Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997, USA, D: Jay Roach)   City Cinema
Mike Meyers goes shagadelic as a 60's spy out of time. Outdoors! Come early for a pre-show Second City improv set.
@ Yonge-Dundas Square 8:30pm
Aug 21 Ninja Scroll (1993, Japan, D: Yoshiaki Kawajiri)   Anime @ The Revue
A swordsman and a young female ninja stumble across a demonic conspiracy.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Aug 21 Bugsy Malone (1976, UK, D: Alan Parker)   Ladies Of Burlesque
Kid gangsters settle their beefs with guns that shoot whipped cream. With Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, featuring music by Paul Williams. Plus: a burlesque performance from Knox Harter!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 21 Booksmart (2019, USA, D: Olivia Wilde)   Open Roof Festival
Gifted students attempt to a have little fun for a change. Preceded by a live music performance by Basement Revolver. Outdoors!
Aug 22 Hackers (1995, USA, D: Iain Softley)
Computer experts attempt to stop rogue hackers from unleashing a destructive virus. Plus: author Arvin Ahmadi talks about his book Girl Gone Viral. Presented by Penguin Teen Screen.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 22 Rear Window (1954, USA, D: Alfred Hitchcock)   Fox Flashback
A voyeur witnesses murder. With Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.
@ The Fox 6:45pm
Aug 22 El Regreso: El Ataque De Los Ceneastas Espanoles   Shorts That Are Not Pants
Spanish sci-fi quickies! But not pants, not pants at all.
@ Grand Gerrard 7:00pm
Aug 22 The Kid (1921, USA, D: Charles Chaplin)   T.O. Picture Show
Chaplin's little tramp takes an abandoned baby into his care. Plus: shorts Milk and Squeaky Shoe. Outdoors!
@ Bell Manor Park 8:30pm
Aug 22 The Ties That Bind   Short Cuts
Families, both inherited and chosen, briefly.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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