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It's going to be a transcendent Spring at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Indigenous rights, Scorsese, Pagnol, Lynch, the Transcendental style, and lots more

Mar 1, 2017 @ 1:57pm

It's about time to leave winter behind and spring into a new season at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Experience illuminating moments in film, explore Indigenous rights issues, and enjoy a slate of thought-provoking new releases.

Devoted to classics, favourites, rarities and recent restorations, the spring edition of TIFF Cinematheque sends audiences on a spiritual journey through film; enjoy a keynote lecture and onstage conversation with director/screenwriter Paul Schrader, the voice behind such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Cat People, which kicks off the series Transcendental Style: Spirituality in the Films of Bresson, Dreyer and Ozu, diving into the work that inspired the filmmaker; and TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings pays tribute to auteurs Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami, and French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol.

Additional highlights include: the ongoing Short Cuts programme, showcasing the best of Canadian and international short films, this edition exploring Our Digital Lives; two additions to the ongoing series Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake/Unable to Sleep): Films and Conversations; and TIFF’s free year-long programme Canada on Screen continues to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

New Releases this season include: David Lynch - The Art Life, a documentary directed by Jon Nguyen with Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard, which follows the notorious director on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life; director François Ozon’s elegiac tale of love and remembrance Frantz, in which a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave; Juho Kuosmanen’s irresistible and touching debut feature The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki captures the true story of the famous Finnish boxer; graphic novelist Dash Shaw recruits the voices of Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon, and Jason Schwartzman for his first animated feature My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea; Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City chronicles legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs’ struggle to save historic New York neighbourhoods; and Lady Macbeth from acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd, which subverts Nikolai Leskov’s 19th century novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk into a feminist cautionary tale of betrayal and revenge.

See all the season's films and events on our homepage. Member tickets are on sale now; everyone else can buy starting March 8 at 10 a.m.