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Future Projections

This year’s expanded Future Projections programme, which includes installations and projects from internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, celebrates Essential Cinema with projects that relate to films or filmmakers on the Essential 100 list. Presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox and throughout the city of Toronto.

Martin Arnold Jeanne

Austrian artist Martin Arnold presents a digital manipulation of the trial scene from the #1 film on the list, Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). The piece stitches together close-up shots of actress Renée Falconetti to create a seamless, never ending portrait of human suffering.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Main gallery
From September 12

Douglas Gordan 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro

A dual-channel video installation which consists of two side-by-side projections of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Both projections are slowed down to a duration of twenty-four hours, one playing forwards and the other in reverse so that they meet at one point, with an identical image that lasts for one second. This is the Toronto premiere of the work, an adaptation of the artist's much-celebrated 24 Hour Psycho.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Main gallery
From September 12

Michael Snow Slidelength

Michael Snow's Slidelength is a companion piece to his groundbreaking and iconic film, Wavelength, selected as one of the "100 Essential" films of all time by TIFF and after which TIFF's avant-garde section was named. A looped photographic slide installation consisting of eighty 35mm slides, arranged like a filmic sequence and projected at fifteen-second intervals, Slidelength addresses Snow's central themes of time and memory, and perception.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Main gallery
From September 12

Michael Nyman NYMan With a Movie Camera

Using his own famous score, but substituting shot for shot the images in Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera with ones he filmed himself, Michael Nyman effectively reverses the relationship between score and moving picture.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Cinema 5
From September 12*, nightly 8 pm
*artist present September 12

Ming Wong In Love for the Mood and Angst Essen / Eat Fear

In Love for the Mood is inspired by Wong Kar-wai's meditation on love and infidelity In the Mood for Love (2000). A Caucasian actress plays both the leading man and woman and attempts to deliver the lines in Cantonese. Angst Essen / Eat Fear. is a compressed remake of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's interracial melodrama Ali: Fear Eats The Soul in which Ming Wong himself plays all the roles, including the Moroccan male and German female protagonist.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
RBC Learning Studios
From September 12

Perry Bard Man with a Movie Camera: The Global Remake

Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images that re-interpret Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera (1929). Participants upload images to Bard's website, and then a custom software archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a linear film. Each contribution becomes part of a worldwide montage.

Presented in collaboration with The Drake Hotel
Curated by Mia Nielsen.

Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West
September 9 to 19, nightly dusk to dawn

Chris Chong Chan Fui & Yasuhiro Morinaga HEAVENHELL

Akira Kurosawa's perfectionism and determination are legendary. And yet, so dangerous were the brothel streets of Koganecho, Yokohama that the director was forced to recreate them in a studio for a key scene in his classic noir High & Low (1963). HEAVENHELL is a six-channel audio-visual installation that restages the scene in the once-untouchable location exhuming its spectres and its history.


Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Curated by Andrea Picard.

952 Queen Street West
September 10 to 19, Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
Opening Reception: September 10, 7 to 10 PM

Stan Douglas Klatsassin

Klatsassin refashions Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950), a tale of murder with a narrative told from four different viewpoints, as a western rooted in the historical context of the Gold Rush and the annexation of land along Canada's west coast. The film comprises twenty-seven scenes looped together in various random combinations presenting an endless array of possibilities, and destroying conventional senses of time, memory, perspective and truth.

Presented in collaboration with Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Stephen Bulger Gallery, CAMERA cinema
1026 Queen Street West
September 9 - 19, Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM

Harun Farocki Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades

Harun Farocki has often emphasized the industrial, machine-like function of the camera. Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades (2006) is a horizontal suite of twelve monitors that delves into each decade of film history, beginning with images of late 19th century workers recorded by the Lumière Brothers and including similar scenes from Metropolis (1926), Modern Times (1936), Red Desert (1964), through to Dancer in the Dark (2000).

Presented in collaboration with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 310
September 9 to 19, Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
Exhibition continues to October 9. Monday to Saturday, 10AM to 5PM

Willam Kentridge Journey to the Moon

Using Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902) as a point of departure, Kentridge masterfully combines live action and stop motion in homage to the beginning of filmmaking and to Méliès' magical experimentations. Kentridge performs for the camera, playing the scientist/artist who dreams of worlds afar and encounters a muse, but ultimately cannot escape.

Presented in collaboration with TPW.
Curated by Kim Simon.

56 Ossington Avenue
September 9 – 19, Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 5 PM

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy Soft Rains #6: Suburban Horror (Part 1)

The Soft Rains series consist of miniature robotic film sets that recreate familiar cinema archetypes and genres. For this work, the McCoys created a tiny diorama of an unsettling suburban idyll inspired by David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). Live video cameras trained on this diorama create an endlessly looping video sequence, presented on a nearby projection screen.

Presented in collaboration with ROM's Institute for Contemporary Culture.
Curated by Michael Connor.

Royal Ontario Museum, Spirit House
100 Queen's Park
September 9 – 19,
Saturday to Thursday 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday - 10 AM to 9:30 PM

The Otolith Group Otolith III

A 48-minute single-screen projection, Otolith III takes as its point of departure The Alien (1967), the unrealized sci-fi screenplay by legendary auteur Satyajit Ray about a friendly alien visiting a rural Bengal village. Filmed in London, Otolith III is an experiment in temporal and geographical displacement that its makers call a "premake", a remake of a film before the original that proposes an alternative trajectory.

Presented in collaboration with the Power Plant.
Curated by Jon Davies.

Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
September 9 to 19, Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 6 PM
Saturday 12, 8 PM - Screenings on the hour

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