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TIFF unveils highlights from its summer slate

Retrospectives on revered filmmakers Edward Yang and Carlos Saura, and a spotlight on legendary production designer Jack Fisk


TIFF Cinematheque is taking audiences on a cinematic journey this summer, celebrating the groundbreaking works of legends in three retrospectives, as well as special screenings and new restorations at TIFF Lightbox.

Screening from July 4 to 30, Edward Yang’s Taipei Stories is a complete retrospective of Taiwanese New Wave filmmaker Edward Yang (1947–2007), whose modest yet major body of work helped reignite his national cinema. This series demonstrates Yang’s lasting influence — how his films were specifically of a time and place, yet several were also classics-in-the-making. His legendary masterpieces A Brighter Summer Day and Yi Yi will screen alongside his lesser-known and more difficult-to-see films, including the new 4K restorations of A Confucian Confusion and Mahjong. Special guests joining TIFF for extended introductions include: Shelly Kraicer, Theresa Wang, Ryan Krahn, and Yuetong Liu. Programmed by TIFF Cinematheque Senior Curator Andréa Picard, the series is co-presented by the Mulan International Film Festival.

Also in July, Todd Haynes’ debut feature Poison will screen in 35mm as part of Cameron Bailey’s From the Collection series. MDFF Selects returns with a Canadian premiere of Wei Shujun’s fourth feature film Only the River Flows, adapted from the novella of the same name. Also featured are new 4K restorations of Charles Vidor’s celebrated film noir Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth, making its Canadian premiere at TIFF Lightbox; Jean-Pierre Melville’s French noir Le Samouraï starring Alain Delon; and Frank Capra’s 90th anniversary screening of It Happened One Night, starring Claudette Colbert as Ellie Andrews. And the latest installment in See the North presented by MUBI, TIFF’s free monthly series of Canadian cinematic treasures, is Stéphane Lafleur’s Tu dors Nicole, a film that takes a humorous look at the beginning of adulthood and all its possibilities, starring Julianne Côté.

TIFF’s Women in Action marquee series is adding special 3D presentations of Mad Max: Fury Road and Terminator 2: Judgment Day to its July roster (ticketing information below). Actor Amber Midthunder will be joining a virtual Q&A for the screening of Prey on July 25. Emerging filmmakers are invited to participate in TIFF Next Wave’s 48-Hour Film Challenge, inspired by the enduring and frenetic energy of Tom Tykwer’s 1999 cult film, Run Lola Run, screening as part of Women in Action. The final screening of the 48-Hour Challenge Films is on August 1, co-presented by Future of Film Showcase and POV.

In August, TIFF will screen a retrospective on celebrated filmmaker and writer Carlos Saura (1932–2023), one of the leading auteurs in Spanish cinema and one of its fiercest critics of the Franco regime (alongside Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar). This series presents a sampling of his vast, critically acclaimed filmography, which spanned seven decades and features neorealism, subversive allegories, dance, and documentary. Programmed by TIFF International Programmer Diana Cadavid, the films in this series include: Peppermint FrappéCría cuervosBlood Wedding (Bodas de sangre), ¡Ay, Carmela!FadosGoya 3 de mayo, and The Hunt (La caza).

Discover the visual magic and brilliant mind behind iconic films like There Will Be Blood and Mulholland Drive in Grand Design: The World-Building of Jack Fisk, TIFF’s seven-film retrospective highlighting the works of the Oscar-nominated Hollywood production designer who has collaborated with some of the most notable directors in film history. Films featured in this series include Carrie (Brian De Palma); Badlands (Terrence Malick); The Straight Story (David Lynch); and a 4K restoration of Messiah of Evil (Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz). A highlight is Fisk’s directorial debut, Raggedy Man. The series is programmed by Toronto film critic Adam Nayman.

Special Screenings in August are Mike Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a new 4K restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound, Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, and David Lynch’s Eraserhead.

Please note: This is the last year-round programming release before the Festival. Additional August programming details will be released Wednesday, July 17 on

Tickets to TIFF Cinematheque and Women in Action are free to TIFF Members, with the exclusion of 3D and 70mm presentations. To learn more, visit Tickets to July programming will go on sale to Members on Wednesday, June 12 at 10am and to the public on Friday, June 14 at 10am. For August programming, tickets will be available on Wednesday, July 17 at 10am and to the public on Friday, July 19 at 10am.

The 49th Toronto International Film Festival takes place September 5–15, 2024.

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