TIFF17 Hierarchy

Key
Saw at TIFF Proper (between Sept. 7-17)
Saw at Cannes or Locarno
Saw at a TIFF pre-festival press screening
– Saw a screener of some kind


Tier 0 [A/A+]

Tier 1 [A-]
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 8.0

Tier 2 [B+]
Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) – 7.6
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) – 7.2
I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.) – 7.0

Tier 3 [B]
Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel) – 6.9
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) – 6.9
First Reformed (Paul Schrader) – 6.6
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho) – 6.5
3/4 (Ilian Metev) – 6.3
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 6.3
The Rider (Chloé Zhao) – 6.2

Tier 4 [B-]
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.1
The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois) – 6.1
Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 6.1
A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté) – 6.1
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 6.0
Félicité (Alain Gomis) – 6.0
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler) – 5.9
Zama (Lucrecia Martel) – 5.8
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) – 5.8
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) – 5.7
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoniand) – 5.7
Happy End (Michael Haneke) – 5.6
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin) – 5.5
Good Luck (Ben Russell) – 5.4
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) – 5.4
The Seen and Unseen (Kamila Andini) – 5.4
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius) – 5.4

Tier 5 [C+]
Manhunt (John Woo) – 5.3
Le Fort des fous (Narimane Mari) – 5.2
Makala (Emmanuel Gras) – 5.2
Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing) – 5.1
Bodied (Joseph Kahn) – 4.7
Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing) – 4.7
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano) – 4.7
Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz) – 4.7
Radiance (Naomi Kawase) – 4.6
Beyond the One (Anna Marziano) – 4.6

Tier 6 [C]
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) – 4.5
The Square (Ruben Östlund) – 4.4
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) – 4.3
Occidental (Neïl Beloufa) – 4.3
Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) – 4.2
Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh) – 4.1
On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi) – 4.0
Dark River (Clio Barnard) – 3.9
Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias) – 3.8

Tier 7 [C-]
Thelma (Joachim Trier) – 3.6
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) – 3.4
mother! (Darren Aronofsky) – 3.3
In the Fade (Fatih Akin) – 3.1

Tier 8 [D+ and lower]



Shorts [more or less ranked]
  – Rose Gold (Sara Cwynar)
  – Onward Lossless Follows (Michael Robinson)
  – Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Leventhal & Sheilah Wilson)
  – Turtles Are Always Home (Rawane Nassif)
  – Florence (1970, Erkki Kurenniemi)
  – Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski)
  – Pixillation (1976, Anne Charlotte Robertson)
  – Yeti (Wojciech Bąkowski)
  – Dislocation Blues (Sky Hopinka)
  – Fantasy Sentences (Dane Komljen)
  – Palmerston Blvd. (Dan Browne)
  – Flores (Jorge Jácome)
  – Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, Verdant (Jodie Mack)
  – The Watchmen (Fern Silva)
  – From Source to Poem (Rosa Barba)
  – Division Movement to Vungtau (Benjamin Crotty & Bertrand Dezoteux)
  – Brown And Clear (Kevin Jerome Everson)
  – Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt (Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook)
  – Aliens (Luis López Carrasco)
  – below-above (André Lehmann)
  – Configuration in Black and White (Helga Fanderl)
  – some cities (Francesco Gagliardi)
  – (100ft) (Minjung Kim)
  – Ticino (Friedl vom Gröller)
  – La Libertad (Laura Huertas Millán)
  – Fluid Frontiers (Ephraim Asili)
  – Heart of a Mountain (Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Faraz Anoushahpour)
  – Fire (Lucy Parker)

is for Public

September 7
10:30AM – Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) – A Wiseman once said.
2:30PM – The Carter Effect (Sean Menard) – First 30 minutes, because why not. [W/O]
3:15PM – Racer and the Jailbird (Michaël R. Roskam) – SchoenEXarcholpoulos. [W/O]
8:00PM – MDFF Presents: All the Cities of the North (2016, Dane Komljen) – Extratiffular activity.

September 8
9:00AM – +The Rider (Chloe Zhao) – Literally slept (a bit) on this in Cannes.
11:45AM – The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick) – Produced by Lisandro Alonso. [W/O]
1:15PM – Bodied (Joseph Kahn) – Still need to get around to Detention.
4:30PM – The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois) – Of guards and men.
7:30PM – Wavelengths 1: Appetite for Destruction
      – Onward Lossless Follows (Michael Robinson)
      – some cities (Francesco Gagliardi)
      + The Watchmen (Fern Silva)
      – Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, Verdant (Jodie Mack)
      + Fantasy Sentences (Dane Komljen)
      – Dislocation Blues (Sky Hopinka) [Left to intro my film.]
9:00PM – PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams) – Nathan and Gaga don’t know what they’re missing.
      – preceded by Florence (1970, Erkki Kurenniemi)

September 9
9:15AM – Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) – I keep my NYFF sharp.
11:30AM – Beyond the One (Anna Marziano) – Orizzonti orizzonti! was promising enough.
      – preceded by +Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Leventhal & Sheilah Wilson)
1:30PM – Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin) – Lingering Moneyball goodwill.
6:00PM – Wavelengths 2: Fluid Frontiers
      – Pixillation (1976, Anne Charlotte Robertson)
      – Ticino (Friedl vom Gröller)
      – Brown And Clear (Kevin Jerome Everson)
      – Turtles Are Always Home (Rawane Nassif)
      – Configuration in Black and White (Helga Fanderl)
      – Fire (Lucy Parker)
      – From Source to Poem (Rosa Barba)
      – Fluid Frontiers (Ephraim Asili)

September 10
9:00AM – mother! (Darren Aronofsky) – Love mothers.
1:00PM – Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh) – when I’m not strong.
7:15PM – Wavelengths 3: Figures in the Landscape
      – Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt (Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook)
      – Yeti (Wojciech Bąkowski)
      – (100ft) (Minjung Kim)
      – Heart of a Mountain (Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Faraz Anoushahpour)
      – Rose Gold (Sara Cwynar)
      – Division Movement to Vungtau (Benjamin Crotty & Bertrand Dezoteux)
      – Flores (Jorge Jácome)
9:30PM – Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel) – In the realm of the senses.

September 11
1-3PM – Teaching
4:00PM – Wavelengths 4: As Above, So Below
      – La Libertad (Laura Huertas Millán)
      – Palmerston Blvd. (Dan Browne)
      – below-above (André Lehmann)
      + Aliens (Luis López Carrasco)

September 12
10:30AM – Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz) – Venice raves; Lebanon was terrible.
1-3PM – Teaching [screening Dial M for Murder]

September 13
9:00AM – Suburbicon (George Clooney) – Coens. [W/O]
11:15AM – The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) – 💧
2:00PM – Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert) – First Albert. [W/O]
9:30PM – Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler) – Tone: bomahawk.

September 14
9:00AM – Downsizing (Alexander Payne) – Payne sci-fi.
1:30PM – I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.) – Horace and Pete, y’all.
5:45PM – PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams) – For the last time.
      – preceded by Florence (Erkki Kurenniemi)
8:15PM – Occidental (Neïl Beloufa) – Hamy melon.

September 15
9:30AM – Dark River (Clio Barnard) – Miss Clio.
11:45AM – Manhunt (John Woo) – Woo who?
2:45PM – Félicité (Alain Gomis) – NYFF.
6:00PM – +Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – Spider Walk with Me.
9:00PM – First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Dog Eat Dog was something.

September 16
11:30AM – The Seen and Unseen (Kamila Andini) – Reportedly (somehow) both singular and Joe-esque.
6:15PM – Struggling (1932, Shi Dongshan) – Aren’t we all.

September 17
3:00PM – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) – First McDonagh.
6:15PM – On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi) – Goldener Bär.
9:15PM – +Faces Places (Agnés Varda & JR) – 🐀


Films I have already seen:
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) – 8.2
Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) – 7.6
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) – 7.2
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) – 6.9
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho) – 6.5
3/4 (Ilian Metev) – 6.3
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) – 6.3
The Rider (Chloé Zhao) – 6.2
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.1
Western (Valeska Grisebach) – 6.1
A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté) – 6.1
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) – 6.0
Zama (Lucrecia Martel) – 5.8
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoniand) – 5.7
Happy End (Michael Haneke) – 5.6
Good Luck (Ben Russell) – 5.4
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius) – 5.4
Le Fort des fous (Narimane Mari) – 5.2
Makala (Emmanuel Gras) – 5.2
Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing) – 5.1
Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing) – 4.7
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano) – 4.7
Radiance (Naomi Kawase) – 4.6
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) – 4.5
The Square (Ruben Östlund) – 4.4
Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias) – 3.8
Thelma (Joachim Trier) – 3.6
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) – 3.4
In the Fade (Fatih Akin) – 3.1

Occidental (Neïl Beloufa) – TK
The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki) – TK

Key:
Features (40min. and up) are in bold.
Shorts are in italics.
★ - I have seen this film and recommend it (6.0 and higher)
✘ - I have seen this film and recommend you don't (3.9 and lower).
● - I have seen this film. It's okay.
☀︎ - I made this film.
○ - I am seriously considering making an attempt to see this film.
⌛️ - This film is over 150 minutes long.
👓 - This film will be presented with a three-dimensional picture.
🍁 - This film is significantly Canadian.
® - This film has a Canadian distributor.
® - This film has a US distributor. (Will be  if it is currently scheduled to be commercially released in 2017.)
*N* - This film is with Netflix (or other VOD-only platform), so may not receive a theatrical run.
16mm, 35mm, 70mm - It'll be screened from a film print.

Colour coding:
NYFF - Main Selection only, sans Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films
SUNDANCE - "Your Name" here
BERLINALE - 🌊 🌛 🚶
CANNES - New and selected
LOCARNO - Films of the present
VENICE - Zama llama ding dong
NOTABLES - Films that got good notices from another major festival (e.g. Rotterdam, BAFICI, SxSW, Tribeca, etc.), or that pique my curiosity for whatever reason.

(Colours trump whatever is below them, so e.g. a film that played both Cannes and Locarno will be gold, unless e.g. it ends up in the NYFF Main Slate in which case it will become purple)

(RIP Vanguard [last year: 13], City to City [last year: 8], and Wavelengths Installations [last year: 4])


Special Presentations (66; last year: 69)
Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton) ®
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo) ®
The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)
The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey) ®
Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) ®
Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)
The Captain (Robert Schwentke)
The Children Act (Richard Eyre)
The Conformist (Cai Shangjun)
The Cured (David Freyne)
The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) ®
Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)
Downsizing (Alexander Payne) ®
The Escape (Dominic Savage)
Eye on Juliet (Kim Nguyen) 🍁 ®
A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio) ®
First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie) *N*
The Florida Project (Sean Baker) ®
Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)
The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois) ○
Hostiles (Scott Cooper)
The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)
I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)
I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie) ® ®
In the Fade (Fatih Akin) ®
Journey’s End (Saul Dibb)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos) ®
Kodachrome (Mark Raso)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) ®
Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh) ®
Loving Pablo (Fernando León de Aranoa)
Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (Jerry Kramer)
     - followed by Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D (John Landis) 👓 ○
Manhunt (John Woo)
Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Peter Landesman) ®
Marrowbone (Sergio G. Sánchez)
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin) ®
mother! (Darren Aronofsky) ®
The Motive (Manuel Martín Cuenca)
Novitiate (Maggie Betts) ®
Number One (Tonie Marshall)
Omerta (Hansal Mehta)
On Chesil Beach (Dominic Cooke)
Outside In (Lynn Shelton)
Papillon (Michael Noer)
Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)
The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (Angela Robinson) ®
Racer and the Jailbird (Michaël R. Roskam) ® ®
Radiance (Naomi Kawase)
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius) ®
The Rider (Chloé Zhao) ®
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Dan Gilroy) ®
A Season in France (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) ®
Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)
The Square (Ruben Östlund) ®
Submergence (Wim Wenders) ®
Suburbicon (George Clooney) ®
Thelma (Joachim Trier) ®
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) ®
Three Peaks (Jan Zabeil)
Unicorn Store (Brie Larson)
Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears) ®
Who We Are Now (Matthew Newton)
You Disappear (Peter Schønau Fog)
Youth (Feng Xiaogang) ○



Contemporary World Cinema (48; last year: 35)
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano) ®
A Sort of Family (Diego Lerman)
Alanis (Anahí Berneri)
Ana, mon amour (Călin Peter Netzer)
Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)
April’s Daughter (Michel Franco)
Arrhythmia (Boris Khlebnikov)
Beyond Words (Urszula Antoniak)
The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert) ®
Birds Without Names (Kazuya Shiraishi)
Black Kite (Tarique Qayumi) 🍁
Breath (Simon Baker, Australia)
Dark is the Night (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
Directions (Stephan Komandarev)
Disappearance (Boudewijn Koole)
Don’t Talk to Irene (Pat Mills) 🍁
Euthanizer (Teemu Nikki)
Félicité (Alain Gomis) ®
Good Favour (Rebecca Daly)
Hannah (Andrea Pallaoro)
The Insult (Ziad Doueiri)
Insyriated (Philippe Van Leeuw)
The Journey (Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji)
Les Affamés (Robin Aubert) 🍁
Life and nothing more (Antonio Méndez Esparza)
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (Simon Lavoie) 🍁 ○
The Lodgers (Brian O’Malley)
Longing (Savi Gabizon)
Looking for Oum Kulthum (Shirin Neshat)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya)
Meditation Park (Mina Shum) 🍁
Miami (Zaida Bergroth)
Motorrad (Vicente Amorim)
Nina (Juraj Lehotský)
The Number (Khalo Matabane)
On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi)
Porcupine Lake (Ingrid Veninger) 🍁
Public Schooled (Kyle Rideout) 🍁
Pyewacket (Adam MacDonald) 🍁
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (Ishaya Bako)
Samui Song (Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
Sergio & Sergei (Ernesto Daranas Serrano)
The Summit (Santiago Mitre)
Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle (Mike van Diem)
Under the Tree (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson)
Veronica (Paco Plaza)
Wajib (Annemarie Jacir)
Western (Valeska Grisebach) ®



Discovery (45; last year: 35)
All You Can Eat Buddha (Ian Lagarde) 🍁
Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo)
Ava (Sadaf Foroughi) 🍁
Black Cop (Cory Bowles) 🍁
The Butterfly Tree (Priscilla Cameron)
Cardinals (Grayson Moore & Aidan Shipley) 🍁
Disappearance (Ali Asgari)
A Fish Out Of Water (Lai Kuo-An)
Five Fingers For Marseilles (Michael Matthews)
The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick)
The Garden (Sonja Maria Kröner)
The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-Yao)
Gutland (Govinda Van Maele)
High Fantasy (Jenna Bass)
Human Traces (Nic Gorman)
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni)
I Kill Giants (Anders Walter)
Indian Horse (Stephen Campanelli) 🍁
Killing Jesus (Laura Mora)
Kissing Candice (Aoife McArdle)
The Lady From Holland (Marleen Jonkman)
Luk’Luk’I (Wayne Wapeemukwa) 🍁
Mary Goes Round (Molly McGlynn) 🍁
Miracle (Egle Vertelyte)
Montana (Limor Shmila)
Never Steady, Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn) 🍁
1% (Stephen McCallum)
Oblivion Verses (Alireza Khatami)
Oh Lucy! (Atsuko Hirayanagi)
The Poet and the Boy (Kim Yang-hee)
Princesita (Marialy Rivas) ○
Ravens (Jens Assur)
Scaffolding (Matan Yair)
Shuttle Life (Tan Seng Kiat) ○
Simulation (Abed Abest)
Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Ivana Mladenovic)
Suleiman Mountain (Elizaveta Stishova)
The Swan (Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir)
3/4 (Ilian Metev)
Tigre (Silvina Schnicer & Ulises Porra Guardiola) ○
Valley of Shadows (Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen)
Village Rockstars (Rima Das)
Waru (Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, & Paula Jones)
Winter Brothers (Hlynur Pálmason)
A Worthy Companion (Carlos Sanchez & Jason Sanchez) 🍁



TIFF Docs (26; last year: 37)
Azmaish: A Journey through the Subcontinent (Sabiha Sumar)
Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Sara Driver)
The Carter Effect (Sean Menard) 🍁
The China Hustle (Jed Rothstein)
Cocaine Prison (Violeta Ayala)
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (Lili Fini Zanuck) ®
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) ⌛️ ○
The Final Year (Greg Barker)
The Gospel According to André (Kate Novack)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes)
Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond – the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton (Chris Smith)
Jane (Brett Morgen)
The Judge (Erika Cohn)
The Legend of the Ugly King (Hüseyin Tabak) ○
Living Proof (Matt Embry) 🍁
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Gustavo Salmerón)
Love Means Zero (Jason Kohn)
Makala (Emmanuel Gras)
One of Us (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
The Other Side of Everything (Mila Turajlic)
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (Sam Pollard)
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Matt Tyrnauer)
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (Tracy Heather Strain)
Silas (Anjali Nayar & Hawa Essuman) 🍁
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (Morgan Spurlock)
There is a House Here (Alan Zweig) 🍁



Gala Presentations (20; last year: 20)
Borg/McEnroe (Janus Metz) ®
Breathe (Andy Serkis) ®
C’est la vie! (Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano)
Chappaquiddick (John Curran)
Darkest Hour (Joe Wright) ®
55 Steps (Bille August)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan) ®
Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (François Girard) 🍁
Kings (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) ®
The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzì) ®
Long Time Running (Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier) 🍁 ® ®
Mary Shelley (Haifaa Al Mansour) ®
The Mountain Between Us (Hany Abu-Assad) ®
Mudbound (Dee Rees) *N*
My Days of Mercy (Tali Shalom-Ezer)
Stronger (David Gordon Green) ®
Three Christs (Jon Avnet)
The Upside (Neil Burger) ®
The Wife (Björn Runge)
Woman Walks Ahead (Susanna White) ®



Wavelengths (16; last year: 22, including shorts programs and installations)
Beyond the One (Anna Marziano)
     - preceded by Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Leventhal & Sheilah Wilson) ★
Caniba (Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias)
Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing)
Good Luck (Ben Russell)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
Le fort des fous (Narimane Mari)
Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing)
Occidental (Neïl Beloufa)
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho) ⌛️ ★
PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams) 🍁 👓 ☀︎
     - preceded by Florence (1970, Erkki Kurenniemi) ○
A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté) 🍁 ★
     - preceded by Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski) 🍁 ★

Wavelengths 1: Appetite for Destruction
     - Onward Lossless Follows (Michael Robinson) ○
     - some cities (Francesco Gagliardi) 🍁 16mm
     - The Watchmen (Fern Silva) 35mm
     - Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, Verdant (Jodie Mack) 16mm
     - Fantasy Sentences (Dane Komljen)
     - Dislocation Blues (Sky Hopinka) ○

Wavelengths 2: Fluid Frontiers
     - Pixillation (1976, Anne Charlotte Robertson) ○
     - Ticino (Friedl vom Gröller) 16mm
     - Brown And Clear (Kevin Jerome Everson) ○
     - Turtles Are Always Home (Rawane Nassif) 🍁 ○
     - Configuration in Black and White (Helga Fanderl) 16mm
     - Fire (Lucy Parker) 16mm
     - From Source to Poem (Rosa Barba) 35mm
     - Fluid Frontiers (Ephraim Asili) ○

Wavelengths 3: Figures in the Landscape
     - Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt (Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook) ○
     - Yeti (Wojciech Bąkowski) ○
     - (100ft) (Minjung Kim) 16mm
     - Heart of a Mountain (Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Faraz Anoushahpour) 🍁 ○
     - Rose Gold (Sara Cwynar) ○
     - Division Movement to Vungtau (Benjamin Crotty & Bertrand Dezoteux) ○
     - Flores (Jorge Jácome) ○

Wavelengths 4: As Above, So Below
     - La Libertad (Laura Huertas Millán) ○
     - Palmerston Blvd. (Dan Browne) 🍁 ○
     - below-above (André Lehmann) 16mm
     - Aliens (Luis López Carrasco)



Platform (12; last year: 12)
Beast (Michael Pearce)
Brad’s Status (Mike White) ®
Custody (Xavier Legrand)
Dark River (Clio Barnard)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) ®
Euphoria (Lisa Langseth) ○
If You Saw His Heart (Joan Chemla)
Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert)
Razzia (Nabil Ayouch)
The Seen and Unseen (Kamila Andini)
Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)
What Will People Say (Iram Haq)



Masters (11; last year: 24)
The Day After (Hong Sangsoo)
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR) ®
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Happy End (Michael Haneke) ®
The House by the Sea (Robert Guédiguian)
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) ®
The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki) ®
Our People Will Be Healed (Alanis Obomsawin) 🍁
Rainbow – A Private Affair (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani)
The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)



Midnight Madness (10; last year: 10)
Bodied (Joseph Kahn) ○
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler) ®
The Crescent (Seth A. Smith) 🍁
The Disaster Artist (James Franco) ®
Downrange (Ryûhei Kitamura)
Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani)
Mom and Dad (Brian Taylor)
  – preceded by Great Choice (Robin Comisar)
Revenge (Coralie Fargeat)
The Ritual (David Bruckner)
Vampire Clay (Sôichi Umezawa)



Primetime (5; last year: 5)
Alias Grace [2 episodes] (Mary Harron) 🍁
Dark Germany [2 episodes] (Baran bo Odar)
The Deuce [2 episodes] (Michelle MacLaren & Ernest Dickerson)
The Girlfriend Experience Season 2 [4 episodes] (Amy Seimetz & Lodge Kerrigan)
Under Pressure [2 episodes] (Andrucha Waddington & Mini Kerti)



Special Events (5; last year: N/A)
Gaga: Five Foot Two (Chris Moukarbel) *N*
On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi (Brandon Gross & Skyler Gross) 🍁
Pahuna: The Little Visitors (Paakhi A. Tyrewala)
Struggling (1932, Shi Dongshan) ○
Wolf Guy (1975, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi)



TIFF Cinematheque (4; last year: 11)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987, Patricia Rozema) 🍁
Picture of Light (1994, Peter Mettler) 🍁 ●
Rude (1995, Clement Virgo) 🍁
North of Superior (1971, Graeme Ferguson) 🍁 70mm



TIFF Kids (0; last year: 4)
[The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert)] (part of Contemporary World Cinema)
[The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)] (part of Special Presentations)
[I Kill Giants (Anders Walter)] (part of Discovery)



Short Cuts [Both “Canada” and “International”]
Go to the festival website if you want to know what’s playing in this section.



August 2
9:00 PM – Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm

11:00 PM – Doctors Don’t Tell (1941, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm

August 3
2:00 PM – A Skin So Soft (Denis Côté), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
5:00 PM – PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams), PalaCinema 2 / 3D
     - preceded by Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski)
9:30 PM – Cocote (Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias), Teatro Kursaal
11:30 PM – Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani), PalaCinema 1 [Press]

August 4
9:00 AM – The Flame and the Arrow (1950, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
11:00 AM – Phantom Raiders (1940, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 16mm
2:30 PM – All for a Rose (Marco Bellocchio), PalaCinema 1
4:00 PM – Milla (Valerie Massadian), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
9:00 PM – Berlin Express (1948, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm [Fell asleep]
11:00 PM – Days of Glory (1944, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm

August 5
9:00 AM – Lucky (John Carroll Lynch), FEVI
2:00 PM – Madame Hyde (Serge Bozon), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
6:00 PM – 3/4 (Ilian Metev), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
7:45 PM – Way of a Gaucho (1952, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
9:30 PM – Once There Was Brazilia (Adirley Queirós), Teatro Kursaal

August 6
11:00 AM – Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
2:00 PM – Meteors (Gürcan Keltek), L’altra Sala
4:30 PM – The First Lap (Kim Dae-hwan), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
6:30 PM – Circle of Danger (1951, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
9:00 PM – Wichita (1955, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
11:00 PM – Damned Summer (Pedro Cabeleira), PalaCinema 2

August 7
9:00 AM – The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (1986, Jean-Luc Godard), PalaCinema 1
11:30 AM – Fantasy Sentences (Dane Komljen), L’altra Sala
       - followed by Panoptic (Rana Eid) [Walked out]
3:30 PM – Le Fort des fous (Narimane Mari), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
7:00 PM – Great Day in the Morning (1956, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm
9:30 PM – Aliens (Luis López Carrasco), Teatro Kursaal
       - followed by Surbiles (Giovanni Columbu) [Walked out]

August 8
8:30 AM – Good Luck (Ben Russell), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
1:30 PM – Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
4:00 PM – Poison (1991, Todd Haynes), GranRex / 35mm
7:00 PM – Nightfall (1956, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm

August 9
10:00 AM – Distant Constellation (Shevaun Mizrahi) [Digital Library]
2:00 PM – The Wandering Soap Opera (1990, Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
4:00 PM – The Lonely Voice of Man (1987, Alexander Sokurov), GranRex
6:30 PM – The Mount of Ants (Riccardo Palladino), PalaCinema 1
9:30 PM – Ouroboros (Basma Alsharif), Teatro Kursaal
11:00 PM – The Leopard Man (1943, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm

August 10
9:00 AM – Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing), Teatro Kursaal [Press]
11:00 PM – Sweating the Small Stuff (Ninomiya Ryutaro), La Sala
7:00 PM – Farewell (Astrid Johanna Ofner), PalaCinema 1
9:00 PM – Arrière-saison + Si loin, si proche (Jean-Claude Rousseau), PalaVideo
11:30 PM – I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur), Piazza Grande / 35mm [Rained out :(…]

August 11
11:30 AM – Filmus (Clément Safra), L’altra Sala
       - preceded by Hello, Horse! (Laila Pakalniņa)
4:00 PM – Hallelujah the Hills (1963, Adolfas Mekas), GranRex / 35mm
7:00 PM – Canyon Passage (1946, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 16mm
9:00 PM – Stars in My Crown (1950, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 35mm



Sadly could not squeeze in
Appointment in Honduras (1953, Jacques Tourneur) / 35mm
Earth and Ashes (2004, Atiq Rahimi) / 35mm
El pisito (1959, Marco Ferreri & Isidoro M. Ferry) / 35mm
From the Cloud to the Resistance (1978, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Frontier Rangers (1959, Jacques Tourneur), GranRex / 16mm

Good Manners (Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra)
Plus Ultra (Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado)
Velvet Goldmine (1998, Todd Haynes) / 35mm



No subtitles
Les Filles de la concierge (1934, Jacques Tourneur) / 35mm
Pour être aimé (1933, Jacques Tourneur) / 35mm
36 Fillette (1988, Catherine Breillat) / 35mm
Toto (1933, Jacques Tourneur) / 35mm
Tout ça ne vaut pas l’amour (1931, Jacques Tourneur) / 35mm
Tres tristes tigres (1968, Raúl Ruiz)



Already seen it (New films only)
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
Frost (Sharunas Bartas)
Good Time (Ben Safdie & Joshua Safdie)
Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa)
Strong Island (Yance Ford)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)

Tier 0 (9.0+)
Twin Peaks [Parts 1 & 2] (David Lynch)

Tier 1 (8.0 – 8.9)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)

Tier 2 (7.0 – 7.9)
Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR)
24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)

Tier 3 (6.0 – 6.9)
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie)
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis)
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel)
The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)
The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Barbosa)
The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Tier 4 (5.0 – 5.9)
12 Days (Raymond Depardon)
Napalm (Claude Lanzmann)
I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoniand)
Happy End (Michael Haneke)
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius)
Makala (Emmanuel Gras)
Closeness (Kantemir Balagov)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
Ismaël’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin)
Alive in France (Abel Ferrara)

Tier 5 (4.0 – 4.9)
Frost (Sharunas Bartas)
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano)
Barbara (Mathieu Amalric)
Radiance (Naomi Kawase)
Based On a True Story (Roman Polanski)
A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)
The Square (Ruben Östlund)
Golden Years (André Téchiné)

Tier 6 (3.0 – 3.9)
Rodin (Jacques Doillon)
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
In the Fade (Fatih Akin)

Tier 7 (2.0 – 2.9)
Jupiter’s Moon (Kornél Mundruczó)
L’Amant Double (François Ozon)

May 17
10:00 AM – Ismaël’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin), Debussy
7:30 PM – Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev), Debussy

May 18
8:30 AM – Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes), Lumiere
11:00 AM – Western (Valeska Grisebach), Debussy
7:30 PM – Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis), Theatre Croisette

May 19
8:45 AM – Lover for a Day (Philippe Garrel), Theatre Croisette
11:00 AM – Faces Places (Agnès Varda & JR), Bazin
2:45 PM – Barbara (Mathieu Amalric), Bazin
7:00 PM – The Square (Ruben Östlund), Debussy

May 20
8:30 AM – BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo), Lumiere
11:30 AM – Jupiter’s Moon (Kornél Mundruczó), Soixantième
2:45 PM – Alive in France (Abel Ferrara), Theatre Croisette
10:00 PM – Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius), Bazin

May 21
8:45 AM – Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont), Theatre Croisette
11:00 AM – Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo), Buñuel
12:45 PM – Napalm (Claude Lanzmann), Buñuel
4:30 PM – Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Debussy
10:30 PM – Happy End (Michael Haneke), Bazin

May 22
8:30 AM – The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos), Lumiere
11:45 AM – The Florida Project (Sean Baker), Theatre Croisette
4:30 PM – The Day After (Hong Sang-soo), Lumiere
7:45 PM – Golden Years (André Téchiné), Debussy
10:30 PM – The Rider (Chloé Zhao), Arcades 1

May 23
8:30 AM – Radiance (Naomi Kawase), Lumiere
11:00 AM – 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami), Lumiere
4:00 PM – Frost (Sharunas Bartas), Theatre Croisette
7:30 PM – Rodin (Jacques Doillon), Debussy

May 24
8:30 AM – The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola), Lumiere
11:00 AM – Closeness (Kantemir Balagov), Debussy
2:00 PM – I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni), Palais E
7:00 PM – A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa), Debussy

May 25
8:30 AM – Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie), Lumiere
10:30 AM – Twin Peaks [Episodes 1 & 2] (David Lynch), Soixantième
2:15 PM – The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho), Theatre Croisette
7:45 PM – 12 Days (Raymond Depardon), Soixantième
10:15 PM – L’Amant Double (François Ozon), Bazin

May 26
8:30 AM – In the Fade (Fatih Akin), Lumiere
11:00 AM – Makala (Emmanuel Gras), Miramar
2:00 PM – Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa), Miramar
7:30 PM – You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay), Debussy

May 27
8:30 AM – Based On a True Story (Roman Polanski), Lumiere
12:00 PM – +The Florida Project (Sean Baker), Theatre Croisette
3:00 PM – A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano), Theatre Croisette
8:45 PM – +Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis), Theatre Croisette

May 28
2:15 PM – Okja (Bong Joon-ho), Debussy
4:30 PM – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach), Bazin


Regrettable Misses
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (John Cameron Mitchell)
A Man of Integrity (Mohammad Rasoulof)

Top 10 of 2016

*Click on the ‘Lists & Logs’ tab to see lists from previous years.

This list will be updated each time I see a film from 2016 (world premiere/imdb date) that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
  2. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  3. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  4. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
  5. Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont)
  6. The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec)
  7. Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo)
  8. The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra)
  9. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
  10. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)


Polls Top 10 (eligible titles appear/will appear here)

  1. Knight of Cups (2015, Terrence Malick)
  2. Toni Erdmann (2016, Maren Ade)
  3. Cemetery of Splendour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  4. Certain Women (2016, Kelly Reichardt)
  5. Elle (2016, Paul Verhoeven)
  6. The Treasure (2015, Corneliu Porumboiu)
  7. Paterson (2016, Jim Jarmusch)
  8. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016, Richard Linklater)
  9. Cameraperson (2016, Kirsten Johnson)
  10. Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015, Stephen Cone)


My Top 10 Discoveries During 2016 (for first-time viewings of films made before 2000)

  1. Possession (1981, Andrzej Zulawski)
  2. Landscape Suicide (1987, James Benning)
  3. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  4. Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. The Quadrille (1950, Jacques Rivette)
  8. In a Year of 13 Moons (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  9. Nostos: The Return (1990, Franco Piavoli)
  10. Satan’s Brew (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)


Other 2016 films I’ve seen

  • Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) – 6.9
  • A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) – 6.9
  • The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams) – 6.9
  • O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman) – 6.8
  • Four Days in France (Jérôme Reybaud) – 6.7
  • Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 6.6
  • Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) – 6.6
  • Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie) – 6.6
  • La La Land (Damien Chazelle) – 6.6
  • Little Men (Ira Sachs) – 6.6
  • A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi) – 6.5
  • Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) – 6.5
  • Safari (Ulrich Seidl) – 6.5
  • Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 6.5
  • Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg) – 6.5
  • Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene) – 6.5
  • Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Eran Kolirin) – 6.5
  • Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki) – 6.4
  • Mister Universo (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel) – 6.4
  • The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) – 6.4
  • Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz) – 6.3
  • Short Stay (Ted Fendt) – 6.3
  • Tower (Keith Maitland) – 6.3
  • Homo sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter) – 6.3
  • Being 17 (André Téchiné) – 6.2
  • Salt and Fire (Werner Herzog) – 6.2
  • All the Cities of the North (Dane Komljen) – 6.2
  • Risk (Laura Poitras) – 6.2
  • The Challenge (Yuri Ancarani) – 6.2
  • The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce) – 6.2
  • The Park (Damien Manivel) – 6.1
  • Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrikx) – 6.1
  • Starless Dreams (Mehrdad Oskouei) – 6.1
  • The Lost City of Z (James Gray) – 6.1
  • Three (Johnnie To) – 6.1
  • Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro) – 6.1
  • Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 6.0
  • Happy Times Will Come Soon (Alessandro Comodin) – 6.0
  • Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) – 6.0
  • (re)ASSIGNMENT (Walter Hill) – 6.0
  • Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme) – 6.0
  • Crosscurrent (Yang Chao) – 6.0
  • Christine (Antonio Campos) – 6.0
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen) – 6.0
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee) – 5.9
  • Mimosas (Oliver Laxe) – 5.9
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) – 5.9
  • The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) – 5.9
  • The Wounded Angel (Emir Baigazin) – 5.9
  • Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) – 5.8
  • A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner) – 5.8
  • Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog) – 5.8
  • I Had Nowhere to Go (Douglas Gordon) – 5.8
  • Operation Avalanche (Matt Johnson) – 5.8
  • Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) – 5.8
  • Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) – 5.7
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Alejandro Fernández Almendras) – 5.7
  • David Lynch: The Art Life (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, & Olivia Neergaard-Holm) – 5.7
  • Raw (Julia Ducournau) – 5.7
  • Welcome (Zhu Rikun) – 5.7
  • The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 5.7
  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) – 5.7
  • Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader) – 5.7
  • Morris from America (Chad Hartigan) – 5.6
  • Harmonium (Kôji Fukada) – 5.6
  • Havarie (Philip Scheffner) – 5.6
  • Indignation (James Schamus) – 5.5
  • Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 5.5
  • I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) – 5.5
  • Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali) – 5.5
  • The Love Witch (Anna Biller) – 5.5
  • My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw) – 5.5
  • Café Society (Woody Allen) – 5.4
  • The End (Guillaume Nicloux) – 5.4
  • Rat Film (Theo Anthony) – 5.4
  • Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie) – 5.4
  • Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa) – 5.4
  • The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green) – 5.3
  • Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio) – 5.3
  • Boris Without Béatrice (Denis Côté) – 5.3
  • The Land of the Enlightened (Pieter-Jan De Pue) – 5.3
  • Searchers (Zacharias Kunuk) – 5.3
  • Two Lottery Tickets (Paul Negoescu) – 5.2
  • Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo) – 5.2
  • Of Shadows (Yi Cui) – 5.2
  • The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (Wim Wenders) – 5.2
  • Author: The JT Leroy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig) – 5.2
  • The Red Turtle (Michäel Dudok de Wit) – 5.2
  • Tallulah (Siân Heder) – 5.2
  • Split (M. Night Shyamalan) – 5.1/li>
  • The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) – 5.1
  • Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat) – 5.1
  • Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen) – 5.1
  • Jackie (Pable Larraín) – 5.1
  • Graduation (Christian Mungiu) – 5.1
  • Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) – 5.0
  • Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) – 5.0
  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Lav Diaz) – 5.0
  • The Nice Guys (Shane Black) – 5.0
  • The Untamed (Amat Escalante) – 5.0
  • Diamond Island (Davy Chou) – 5.0
  • Tales of Two Who Dreamt (Andrea Bussmann & Nicolás Pereda) – 5.0
  • Sing Street (John Carney) – 5.0
  • Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols) – 4.9
  • Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) – 4.9
  • Silence (Martin Scorsese) – 4.9
  • Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston) – 4.9
  • By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 4.9
  • Pete’s Dragon (David Lowery) – 4.8
  • The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) – 4.8
  • Life After Life (Zhang Hanyi) – 4.8
  • Ta’ang (Wang Bing) – 4.8
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James) – 4.8
  • The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn) – 4.7
  • Eldorado XXI (Salomé Lamas) – 4.7
  • Contemporary Color (Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross) – 4.7
  • Everything Else (Natalia Almada) – 4.7
  • My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) – 4.7
  • Saint Amour (Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern) – 4.7
  • Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) – 4.6
  • Tickled (David Farrier & Dylan Reeve) – 4.6
  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Errol Morris) – 4.6
  • Blue Dress (Igor Minaev) – 4.6
  • Ember (Zeki Demirkubuz) – 4.5
  • The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa) – 4.5
  • In Bed with Victoria (Justine Triet) – 4.5
  • Illegitimate (Adrian Sitaru) – 4.5
  • City of Jade (Midi Z) – 4.5
  • Exile (Rithy Panh) – 4.4
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) – 4.4
  • Neruda (Pablo Larraín) – 4.4
  • United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski) – 4.3
  • Una (Benedict Andrews) – 4.3
  • Lily Lane (Bence Fliegauf) – 4.3
  • Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (Terrence Malick) – 4.2
  • Little Sister (Zach Clark) – 4.2
  • Geographies (Chaghig Arzoumanian) – 4.2
  • Letters from War (Ivo M. Ferreira) – 4.2
  • 31 (Rob Zombie) – 4.2
  • American Honey (Andrea Arnold) – 4.1
  • The Dreamed Ones (Ruth Beckermann) – 4.1
  • The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz) – 4.1
  • Icaros: A Vision (Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi) – 4.0
  • Dark Night (Tim Sutton) – 4.0
  • The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker) – 3.9
  • From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer (Nadav Lapid) – 3.9
  • Loving (Jeff Nichols) – 3.9
  • The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman) – 3.8
  • Ghostbusters (Paul Feig) – 3.8
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) – 3.8
  • Morgan (Luke Scott) – 3.6/li>
  • From the Land of the Moon (Nicole Garcia) – 3.6
  • Depth Two (Ognjen Glavonić) – 3.6
  • Still Night, Still Light (Sophie Goyette) – 3.6
  • Dogs (Bogdan Mirica) – 3.5
  • Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) – 3.5
  • Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) – 3.4
  • Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (Terrence Malick) – 3.3
  • [pewen]araucaria (Carlos Vásquez Méndez) – 3.3
  • The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour) – 3.2
  • The Transfiguration (Michael O’Shea) – 3.1
  • It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) – 2.9
  • Soy Nero (Rafi Pitts) – 2.9
  • Imponderable (Tony Oursler) – 2.8
  • Message from the King (Fabrice du Welz) – 2.3
  • The Last Face (Sean Penn) – 2.2
  • Fantastic (Offer Egozy) – 1.3
  • Katie Says Goodbye (Wayne Roberts) – 1.0

October 12 
8:15PM – Epilogue (Marlen Khutsiev), MoMA, 35mm

October 13 
11:30AM-3:30PM – Gallery-ing
      – “Rashid Johnson: Fly Away,” Hauser & Wirth
      – “Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition, Lerato,” Jack Shainman Gallery
      – “Lars Fisk: MR. SOFTEE,” Marlborough Gallery
      – “Kyle Staver,” Kent Fine Art
      – “Tomoo Gokita: Out of Sight,” Mary Boone Gallery
      – “Alfred Leslie: The Toast is Burning,” Bruce Silverstein
      – “Sara VanDerBeek: Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms,” Metro Pictures Gallery
      – “Matthew Barney: Facility of Decline,” Gladstone Gallery
      – “Donald Moffett: Any Fallow Field,” Marianne Boesky Gallery
      – “Ryan Gander: I see straight through you,” Lisson Gallery
      – “Caitlin Keogh: Loose Ankles,” Bortolami Gallery
      – “Jonas Wood: Portraits,” Anton Kern Gallery
      – “Hans-Peter Feldmann,” 303 Gallery
      – “Thomas Schütte: Frauen,” Skarstedt Gallery
      – “Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women,” Maccarone

October 14 
2PM – The Marrying Kind (George Cukor), Metrograph, 35mm
6:00PM – Everything Else (Natalia Almada), Walter Reade, DP
11:59PM – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee), AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, 3-D/4K/120fps

October 15 
AM – “Agnes Martin” exhibit, Guggenheim
3:30PM – Jacques Rivette Shorts, Francesca Beale
      – Aux quatre coins (Jacques Rivette)
      – Le quadrille (Jacques Rivette)
      – Le divertissement (Jacques Rivette)
6PM – The Lost City of Z (James Gray), Alice Tully Hall, 35mm

October 16 
AM – “Lillian Schwartz: Pioneer of Computer Art” show, Magenta Plains
2PM – The Inside Story (Allan Dwan), Metrograph, 35mm
5:30PM – July Rain (Marlen Khutsiev), MoMA, 35mm

October 17 
12:10PM – Imponderable (Tony Oursler), MoMA, “5-D”
3PM – Ken Jacobs studio visiting

TIFF16 Hierarchy

Key
Saw at TIFF Proper (between Sept. 8-18)
Saw at Cannes, Berlinale, or Sundance
Saw at a TIFF pre-festival press screening
– Saw a screener of some kind


Tier 0 [A/A+]

Tier 1 [A-]
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) – 8.4
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello) – 8.2

Tier 2 [B+]
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) – 7.4
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) – 7.3
The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec) – 7.1
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo) – 7.1
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) – 7.1
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra) – 7.0

Tier 3 [B]
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) – 6.9
The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams) – 6.9
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) – 6.6
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) – 6.6
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 6.5
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) – 6.5
Safari (Ulrich Seidl) – 6.5
Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki) – 6.4
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel) – 6.4
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) – 6.4
Salt and Fire (Werner Herzog) – 6.2

Tier 4 [B-]
Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro) – 6.1
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 6.0
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) – 6.0
(re)ASSIGNMENT (Walter Hill) – 6.0
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme) – 6.0
Christine (Antonio Campos) – 6.0
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe) – 5.9
The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) – 5.9
A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner) – 5.8
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie) – 5.8
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) – 5.8
I Had Nowhere to Go (Douglas Gordon) – 5.8
Raw (Julia Ducournau) – 5.7
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 5.7
Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader) – 5.7
Harmonium (Kôji Fukada) – 5.6
Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 5.5
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) – 5.5
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw) – 5.5
Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa) – 5.4

Tier 5 [C+]
Searchers (Zacharias Kunuk) – 5.3
Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio) – 5.3
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (Wim Wenders) – 5.2
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) – 5.1
Jackie (Pable Larraín) – 5.1
Graduation (Christian Mungiu) – 5.1
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) – 5.0
The Untamed (Amat Escalante) – 5.0
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) – 4.9
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) – 4.9
By the Time it Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 4.9
Ta’ang (Wang Bing) – 4.8
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James) – 4.8
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) – 4.8
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) – 4.7
Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) – 4.6
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Errol Morris) – 4.6

Tier 6 [C]
Ember (Zeki Demirkubuz) – 4.5
Neruda (Pablo Larraín) – 4.4
Una (Benedict Andrews) – 4.3
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (Terrence Malick) – 4.2
The Dreamed Ones (Ruth Beckermann) – 4.1
American Honey (Andrea Arnold) – 4.1
The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz) – 4.1
Loving (Jeff Nichols) – 3.9

Tier 7 [C-]
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) – 3.5
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) – 3.4
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (Terrence Malick) – 3.3
The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour) – 3.2

Tier 8 [D+]
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) – 2.9
Message from the King (Fabrice du Welz) – 2.3

Tier 9 [D]

Tier 10 [D-]
Katie Says Goodbye (Wayne Roberts) – 1.0



Shorts [more or less ranked]
  – AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (Manuela De Laborde)
  – Burning mountains that spew flame (Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado)
  – Incantati (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
  – Ears, Nose and Throat (Kevin Jerome Everson)
  – I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (Sky Hopinka)
  – The Hedonists (Jia Zhang-ke)
  – Venus Delta (Antoinette Zwirchmayr)
  – Flowers of the Sky (Janie Geiser)
  – Silueta Sangrienta (Ana Mendieta)
  – Untitled (Björn Kämmerer)
  – Cilaos (Camilo Restrepo)
  – Anima, Silueta de Cohetes (Firework Piece) (Ana Mendieta)
  – Indefinite Pitch (James N. Kienitz Wilkins)
  – A Brief History of Princess X (Gabriel Abrantes)
  – 350 MYA (Terra Long)
  – Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon (Tomonari Nishikawa)
  – Foyer (Ismaïl Bahri)
  – 025 Sunset Red (Laida Lertxundi)
  – Luna e Santur (Joshua Gen Solondz)
  – Ayhan and me (belit sağ)
  – Nightlife (Cyprien Gaillard)
  – Dark Adaptation (Chris Gehman)
  – Children of Lir (Katherin McInnis)
  – The Watershow Extravaganza (Sophie Michael)
  – Strange Vision of Seeing Things (Ryan Ferko)
  – What’s New (Nina Könnemann)
  – An Aviation Field (Joana Pimenta)
  – Há Terra! (Ana Vaz)
  – Untitled, 1925 (Madi Piller)

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September 8
9:00AM + Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) – I can’t beat my disinterest in Hirokazu Kore-eda.
1:45PM – A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner) – Love when a woman is decent.
5:00PM + Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello) – Hoping that it’ll be the same, only new.
11:59PM – Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) – The best things in life are free.

September 9
9:00AM – Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) – Venice buzz.
12:15PM – Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (Terrence Malick) – Lifetime pass after Knight of Cups.
3:30PM – Nightlife (Cyprien Gaillard) – 3D avant-garde.
7:00PM – Wavelengths 1: The Fire Within
      – Silueta Sangrienta (Ana Mendieta)
      + Há Terra! (Ana Vaz)
      – Venus Delta (Antoinette Zwirchmayr)
      – 025 Sunset Red (Laida Lertxundi)
      – Untitled, 1925 (Madi Piller)
      – Children of Lir (Katherin McInnis)
      – Burning mountains that spew flame (Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado)
      – Anima, Silueta de Cohetes (Firework Piece) (Ana Mendieta)

September 10
9:15AM – The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) – NYFF.
1:15PM – Talent Lab Master Class #9: Bertrand Bonello – I’m moderating this. You should come. You’re not allowed.
4:15PM + Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) – One of the GOATs, only seen it on crappy DVD editions.
7:30PM – Wavelengths 2: Incantati
      – Incantati (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub)
      – Cilaos (Camilo Restrepo)
      – An Aviation Field (Joana Pimenta)
      – Strange Vision of Seeing Things (Ryan Ferko)
      – Ears, Nose and Throat (Kevin Jerome Everson)
      – Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon (Tomonari Nishikawa)
      – Luna e Santur (Joshua Gen Solondz)
10:45PM – Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (Terrence Malick) 70mm. “Dear child…”

September 11
9:15AM – Una (Benedict Andrews) – My name is
11:30AM – Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash) – Dash.
3:15PM – (re)ASSIGNMENT (Walter Hill) – Hill, dream Weaver.
6:00PM – Wavelengths 3: Post-performance
      – Untitled (Björn Kämmerer)
      – What’s New (Nina Könnemann)
      – Foyer (Ismaïl Bahri)
      – 350 MYA (Terra Long)
      – I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (Sky Hopinka)
      – Dark Adaptation (Chris Gehman)
      – The Watershow Extravaganza (Sophie Michael)
9:45PM + The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams) – Teddy. (It’s good.)

September 12
9:30PM – Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) Creepy was robbed.
12:00PM – La La Land (Damien Chazelle) – Whiplash is a good movie.
3:00PM – Jackie (Pablo Larraín) – No.
6:30PM – Wavelengths 4: Indefinite
      – Flowers of the Sky (Janie Geiser)
      – Ayhan and me (belit sağ)
      – AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (Manuela De Laborde)
      + Indefinite Pitch (James N. Kienitz Wilkins)
9:30PM – Neruda (Pablo Larraín) – Just…No.

September 13
9:15AM – Searchers (Zacharias Kunuk) – Hopefully better than the fast runner.
11:15AM – Katie Says Goodbye (Wayne Roberts) – Feels like I’m going to lose my mind.
6:30PM – I Had Nowhere to Go (Douglas Gordon) – Mekas.
9:30PM – Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo) – Hong.

September 14
School Day. All of it.

September 15
9:00AM – The Untamed (Amat Escalante) – Well that escalanted quickly.
11:30AM – Message from the King (Fabrice du Welz) – Alléluia.
2:00PM – The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Errol Morris) – Morris.
5:45PM – Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) – I taught a sci-fi course this summer.
9:30PM – Salt and Fire (Werner Herzog) – Shannon + Herzog.

September 16
9:00AM – The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour) – Did someone say Southland Tales? (A Girl Walks Home… is bad btw)
2:30PM – Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki) – Some people I know liked Papirosen considerably more than I did.
5:20PM – Sully (Clint Eastwood) – I was either gonna see it now or never.
8:15PM – My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw) – NYFF.

September 17
9:45AM – Ember (Zeki Demirkubuz) – First Demirkubuz.
12:30PM – Raw (Julia Ducournau) – Big Cannes omission, I’m told.
3:30PM – Mister Universo (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel) – People seem to like it.
6:00PM – Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme) – Demme god.
8:00PM – Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) – Youth, hopefully.

September 18
9:00AM – The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (Wim Wenders) – 3D disaster picture.
12:30PM – My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras) – Sciamma, Quinzaine, 66 minutes.
3:45PM – Safari (Ulrich Seidl) – Feature length Unsere Afrikareise or gtfo.
6:00PM – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James) – J-J-J-James.
9:15PM – The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues) – O Birdman.


Films that would be priorities for me if I hadn’t already seen them:
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) – 8.4
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello) – 7.5
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) – 7.4
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) – 7.3
The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec) – 7.1
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) – 7.1
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra) – 7.0
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) – 7.0
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) – 6.9
The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams) – 6.9
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) – 6.6
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 6.5
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) – 6.4
Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro) – 6.1
Christine (Antonio Campos) – 6.0
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 6.0
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe) – 5.9
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie) – 5.8
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) – 5.8
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 5.7
Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader) – 5.7
Harmonium (Kôji Fukada) – 5.6
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) – 5.5
Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa) – 5.4
Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio) – 5.3
Graduation (Christian Mungiu) – 5.1
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) – 4.9
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) – 4.9
By the Time it Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 4.9
Ta’ang (Wang Bing) – 4.8
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) – 4.8
The Dreamed Ones (Ruth Beckermann) – 4.1
American Honey (Andrea Arnold) – 4.1
The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz) – 4.1
Loving (Jeff Nichols) – 3.9
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) – 3.4
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) – 2.9

Regrettable Omissions:
The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker) – Opens in October.
Catfight (Onur Tukel) – Love cats.
Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer) – Netflix October 28.

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