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)
120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
Good Time (Josh & Benny Safdie)
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)
Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
Bright Sunshine 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 – Bright Sunshine 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 – +Bright Sunshine 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • All the Cities of the North (Dane Komljen) – 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.

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 aight.
○ - I am seriously considering making an attempt to see this film.
📺 - This is a TV show.
⌛️ - This film is over 150 minutes long.
🍁 - This film is predominantly Canadian AFAICT.
® - This film has a Canadian distributor.
® - This film has a US distributor.
16mm, 35mm, 70mm - It'll be screened from a film print.
images - Triple D.

Colour coding:
NYFF - Main Selection only, sans Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films.
SUNDANCE - Certain Movies.
BERLINALE - Films to Come.
CANNES - Ma' goodness.
LOCARNO - Ma' tías.
VENICE - Ma' lick.
NOTABLES - Bonello. Also, films by other filmmakers whose new work I actively anticipate (perhaps ill-advisedly) or that got good notices from another major festival (e.g. Rotterdam, BAFICI, SxSW, Tribeca, etc.).

(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.)


Special Presentations (69; last year: 56)
The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee woon)
All I See is You (Marc Forster)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold) ⌛️ ® ®
American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor) ® ®
Asura: The City of Madness (Kim Sung-soo)
Barakah Meets Barakah (Mahmoud Sabbagh)
Barry (Vikram Gandhi) ®
Below Her Mouth (April Mullen) 🍁 ®
The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker) ® ®
Birth of the Dragon (George Nolfi)
Bleed for This (Ben Younger) ®
The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau) 🍁 ®
Blue Jay (Alex Lehmann)
Brain on Fire (Gerard Barrett) ® ®
Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)
BrOTHERHOOD (Noel Clarke)
Burn Your Maps (Jordan Roberts) ®
Carrie Pilby (Susan Johnson)
Catfight (Onur Tukel) ○
Christine (Antonio Campos) ® ®
City of Tiny Lights (Pete Travis)
The Commune (Thomas Vinterberg)
A Death in the Gunj (Konkona Sensharma)
Denial (Mick Jackson) ® ®
The Duelist (Alexey Mizgirev) ®
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) ® ®
The Exception (David Leveaux)
Foreign Body (Raja Amari)
Frantz (François Ozon)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) ® ®
Harmonium (Kôji Fukada) ® ®
I Am Not Madame Bovary (Feng Xiaogang)
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) ® ®
In Dubious Battle (James Franco)
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) 🍁 ® ® 35mm
The Journey (Nick Hamm)
King of the Dancehall (Nick Cannon)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle) ® ®
Leehom Wang’s Open Fire Concert Film (Homeboy Music, Inc.)
The Limehouse Golem (Juan Carlos Medina)
Lion (Garth Davis) ® ®
The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) ® ®
Mascots (Christopher Guest) ®
Maudie (Aisling Walsh) ®
Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando) 🍁 ®
Neruda (Pablo Larraín) ® ®
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford) ® ®
The Oath (Baltasar Kormákur)
150 Milligrams (Emmanuelle Bercot) ®
Orphan (Arnaud des Pallières)
Paris Can Wait (Eleanor Coppola)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) ® ®
Rage (Sang-il Lee)
(re)ASSIGNMENT (Walter Hill) ○
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) ®
Salt and Fire (Werner Herzog)
Sing (Garth Jennings) ® ®
Souvenir (Bavo Defurne)
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve) ® ®
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) ⌛️ ® ®
Trespass Against Us (Adam Smith) ® ®
Two Lovers and a Bear (Kim Nguyen) 🍁 ®
Una (Benedict Andrews)
Unless (Alan Gilsenan) ®
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (Terrence Malick)
Wakefield (Robin Swicord)
The Wasted Times (Cheng Er)
Weirdos (Bruce McDonald) 🍁 ®
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) (Ann Marie Fleming) 🍁 ®



TIFF Docs (37; last year: 30)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James)
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone (Fred Peabody) 🍁 ®
Amanda Knox (Brian McGinn & Rod Blackhurst) ® ®
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Errol Morris)
Beauties of the Night (María José Cuevas)
Bezness as Usual (Alex Pitstra)
Black Code (Nicholas de Pencier) 🍁 ®
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (John Scheinfeld)
The Cinema Travellers (Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya)
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Matt Tyrnauer)
Forever Pure (Maya Zinshtein)
Gaza Surf Club (Philip Gnadt & Mickey Yamine)
Giants of Africa (Hubert Davis) 🍁
Gimme Danger (Jim Jarmusch) ® ®
Girl Unbound (Erin Heidenreich)
Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (Nanette Burstein)
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin) ®
In Exile (Tin Win Naing)
India in a Day (Richie Mehta)
An Insignificant Man (Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla)
Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer) ® ®
The Ivory Game (Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani) ®
Karl Marx City (Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker)
Mali Blues (Lutz Gregor)
Mostly Sunny (Dilip Mehta) 🍁 ®
Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory (Mohanad Yaqubi)
Politics, Instructions Manual (Fernando León de Aranoa)
The River of My Dreams (Brigitte Berman) 🍁
Rodnye (Close Relations) (Vitaly Mansky)
The 6th Beatle (Tony Guma & John Rose)
The Skyjacker’s Tale (Jamie Kastner) 🍁 ®
The Stairs (Hugh Gibson) 🍁
The Terry Kath Experience (Michelle Sinclair)
The Turning Point (Fisher Stevens)
The War Show (Andreas Dalsgaard & Obaidah Zytoon)
Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (Fariborz Kamkari)



Contemporary World Cinema (35; last year: 60)
After Love (Joachim Lafosse) ®
The Animal’s Wife (Víctor Gaviria)
Apprentice (Boo Junfeng) ® ®
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) ® ®
Ayiti Mon Amour (Guetty Felin)
Boundaries (Chloé Robichaud) 🍁 ®
Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces (Yousry Nasrallah)
Clair Obscur (Yeşim Ustaoğlu)
Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanović)
A Decent Woman (Lukas Valenta Rinner)
Ember (Zeki Demirkubuz) ○
The Fixer (Adrian Sitaru)
Handsome Devil (John Butler)
Heaven Will Wait (Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar)
In Between (Maysaloun Hamoud)
Indivisible (Edoardo de Angelis)
Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge (Marie Noëlle)
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel)
Past Life (Avi Nesher)
The Patriarch (Lee Tamahori)
Pyromaniac (Erik Skjoldbjærg)
The Rehearsal (Alison Maclean) ®
The Road to Mandalay (Midi Z)
Santa & Andres (Carlos Lechuga)
Soul on a String (Zhang Yang)
Tamara and the Ladybug (Lucía Carreras)
Tramps (Adam Leon) ○
Vaya Akin (Omotoso)
We Are Never Alone (Petr Vaclav)
The Wedding Ring (Rahmatou Keïta)
White Sun (Deepak Rauniyar)
The Women’s Balcony (Emil Ben Shimon)
X Quinientos (Juan Andrés Arango) 🍁 ®
Zaćma: Blindness (Ryszard Bugajski) ®
Zoology (Ivan I. Tverdovsky)



Discovery (35; last year: 30)
ARQ (Tony Elliott) 🍁 ® ®
Blessed Benefit (Mahmoud al Massad)
Boys in the Trees (Nicholas Verso)
Divines (Houda Benyamina)
The Empty Box (Claudia Sainte-Luce)
The Fury of a Patient Man (Raúl Arévalo)
The Giant (Johannes Nyholm)
Godless (Ralitza Petrova)
Guilty Men (Iván D. Gaona)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen)
Heartstone (Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)
Hello Destroyer (Kevan Funk) 🍁
Hunting Flies (Izer Aliu)
In the Blood (Rasmus Heisterberg)
In the Radiant City (Rachel Lambert)
Jean of the Joneses (Stella Meghie) 🍁 ®
Jeffrey (Yanillys Perez)
Jesús (Fernando Guzzoni)
Joe Cinque’s Consolation (Sotiris Dounoukos)
Kati Kati (Mbithi Masya)
Katie Says Goodbye (Wayne Roberts) ○
Flemish Heaven (Peter Monsaert)
The Levelling (Hope Dickson Leach)
Little Wing (Selma Vilhunen)
Mad World (Wong Chun)
Marija (Michael Koch)
Noces (Stephan Streker)
Old Stone (Johnny Ma) 🍁 ® ®
Park (Sofia Exarchou)
Prank (Vincent Biron) 🍁 ® ®
The Red Turtle (Michäel Dudok de Wit)
Sámi Blood (Amanda Kernell)
Sand Storm (Elite Zexer)
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie) 🍁 ®
Wùlu (Daouda Coulibaly)



Masters (24; last year: 13)
After the Storm (Hirokazu Kore-eda) ®
Afterimage (Andrzej Wajda)
Anatomy of Violence (Deepa Mehta) 🍁
The Bait (Buddhadeb Dasgupta)
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (Wim Wenders) images
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) ® ®
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi) ® ®
Graduation (Christian Mungiu) ® ®
Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun) ® ®
J: Beyond Flamenco (Carlos Saura)
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) ® ®
Land of the Gods (Goran Paskaljević)
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)
The Net (Kim Ki-duk)
Never Ever (Benoît Jacquot)
Once Again (Adoor Gopalakrishnan)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) ® ®
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies) ®
Safari (Ulrich Seidl)
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) ⌛️ ®
Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio)
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) ® ®
We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (Alanis Obomsawin) 🍁 ⌛️ ® ®
Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo)



Wavelengths (22; last year: 26, including shorts programs and installations)
Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa)
By the Time it Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra) ® ®
The Dreamed Ones (Ruth Beckermann)
The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec)
General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe (Pere Portabella) ○
Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro)
The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams)
I Had Nowhere to Go (Douglas Gordon)
Kékszakállú (Gastón Solnicki)
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe) ® ®
The Ornithologist (João Pedro Rodrigues)
Ta’ang (Wang Bing)
The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz) ⌛️ ●

Wavelengths 1: The Fire Within
  – Silueta Sangrienta (Ana Mendieta)
  – Há Terra! (Ana Vaz) ●
  – Venus Delta (Antoinette Zwirchmayr) 16mm
  – 025 Sunset Red (Laida Lertxundi) 16mm
  – 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)

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) 16mm
  – Luna e Santur (Joshua Gen Solondz) 35mm

Wavelengths 3: Post-performance
  – Untitled (Björn Kämmerer) 35mm
  – What’s New (Nina Könnemann)
  – Foyer (Ismaïl Bahri)
  – 350 MYA (Terra Long) 🍁 16mm
  – I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (Sky Hopinka)
  – Dark Adaptation (Chris Gehman) 🍁
  – The Watershow Extravaganza (Sophie Michael) 16mm

Wavelengths 4: Indefinite
  – Flowers of the Sky (Janie Geiser)
  – Ayhan and me (belit sağ)
  – AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (Manuela De Laborde) 16mm
  – Indefinite Pitch (James N. Kienitz Wilkins) ●

Wavelengths Installations
  – Ana Mendieta: Siluetas (Ana Mendieta) – CONTACT Gallery ○
  – Nightlife (Cyprien Gaillard) – Lightbox Cinema 2 images
  – Rudzienko (Sharon Lockhart) – Gallery TPW ○
  – Singularity (Albert Serra) – 99 Sudbury ○



Gala Presentations (20; last year: 20)
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve) 🍁 ® ®
Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg) ® ®
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon) ® ®
The Headhunter’s Calling (Mark Williams) 🍁
The Journey is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)
JT + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)
LBJ (Rob Reiner)
Loving (Jeff Nichols) ® ®
The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua) ® ®
A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona) ® ®
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Joseph Cedar) ® ®
Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)
The Promise (Terry George)
Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair) ® ®
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)
The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)
Snowden (Oliver Stone) ® ®
Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)
Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)
A United Kingdom (Amma Asante)



Vanguard (13; last year: 15)
The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour) ®
Blind Sun (Joyce A. Nashawati)
Buster’s Mal Heart (Sarah Adina Smith)
Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo) ○
Godspeed (Chung Mong-Hong)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Osgood Perkins) ® ®
Interchange (Dain Iskandar Said)
Message from the King (Fabrice Du Welz) ®
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw)
Nelly (Anne Émond) 🍁 ®
Prevenge (Alice Lowe)
The Untamed (Amat Escalante)
WITHOUT NAME (Lorcan Finnegan)



Platform (12; last year: 12)
Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Goldstone (Ivan Sen)
Heal the Living (Katell Quillévéré)
Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (Khyentse Norbu)
Home (Fien Troch)
Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
Layla M. (Mijke de Jong)
Maliglutit (Searchers) (Zacharias Kunuk) 🍁 ®
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) ®
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie) 🍁 ⌛️ ®



TIFF Cinematheque (11; last year: 9)
The Battle of Algiers (1966, Gillo Pontecorvo) ★
A Cool Sound from Hell (1959, Sidney J. Furie) 🍁 ○
Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash) ○
General Report on Certain Matters of Interest for a Public Screening (1977, Pere Portabella) ⌛️ ○
The Horse Thief (1986, Tian Zhuangzhuang) 35mm
Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) ★
Lumière! (Auguste & Louis Lumière) ○
One-Eyed Jacks (1961, Marlon Brando) ○
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977, Agnès Varda) ○
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro) ●
Something Wild (1986, Jonathan Demme) 35mm



Midnight Madness (10; last year: 10)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (André Øvredal) ®
The Belko Experiment (Greg McLean)
Blair Witch (Adam Wingard) ® ®
Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader) ® ®
Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) ® ®
The Girl with All the Gifts (Colm McCarthy) ® ®
Headshot (Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto)
Rats (Morgan Spurlock) ®
Raw (Julia Ducournau) ®
Sadako vs. Kayako (Kôji Shiraishi) ® ®



City to City: Lagos (last year: 8)
The Arbitration (Niyi Akinmolayan)
Green White Green (Abba Makama)
Just Not Married (Uduak-Obong Patrick)
93 Days (Steve Gukas)
Okafor’s Law (Omoni Oboli)
76 (Izu Ojukwu)
Taxi Driver (Daniel Emeke Oriahi)
The Wedding Party (Kemi Adetiba)



Primetime (5; last year: 6)
Black Mirror [episodes: San Junipero and Nosedive] (Owen Harris & Joe Wright) 📺
nirvanna the band the show [three episodes] (Matt Johnson) 🍁 📺 ® ®
Transparent [episodes: 1, 2 and 3] (Jill Soloway & Silas Howard) 📺
Tuko Macho [two episodes] (Jim Chuchu) 📺
Wasteland [complete miniseries] (Ivan Zachariáš & Alice Nellis) 📺



TIFF Kids (4; last year: 4)
The Day My Father Became a Bush (Nicole van Kilsdonk)
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell)
Miss Impossible (Emilie Deleuze)
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras)



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



Tier 1 (A- / A)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade) – 8.4

Tier 2 (B+)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven) – 7.3
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch) – 7.1
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra) – 7.0

Tier 3 (B)
Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont) – 6.9
Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (1945, Mitsuyo Seo) – 6.8
Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie) – 6.6
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho) – 6.5
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Eran Kolirin) – 6.5
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) – 6.4
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas) – 6.3
Risk (Laura Poitras) – 6.2

Tier 4 (B-)
The Park (Damien Manivel) – 6.1
Happy Times Will Come Soon (Alessandro Comodin) – 6.0
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen) – 6.0
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe) – 5.9
Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader) – 5.7
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 5.7
Harmonium (Kôji Fukada) – 5.6
Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali) – 5.5
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) – 5.5
Café Society (Woody Allen) – 5.4

Tier 5 (C+)
Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio) – 5.3
The Red Turtle (Michäel Dudok de Wit) – 5.2
Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat) – 5.1
Graduation (Christian Mungiu) – 5.1
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) – 5.0
Diamond Island (Davy Chou) – 5.0
Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu) – 4.9
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook) – 4.8
The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn) – 4.7

Tier 6 (C)
The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa) – 4.5
In Bed with Victoria (Justine Triet) – 4.5
Exile (Rithy Panh) – 4.4
American Honey (Andrea Arnold) – 4.1
Loving (Jeff Nichols) – 3.9

Tier 7 (C-)
From the Land of the Moon (Nicole Garcia) – 3.6
Dogs (Bogdan Mirica) – 3.5
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza) – 3.4
The Transfiguration (Michael O’Shea) – 3.1

Tier 8 (D+)
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan) – 2.9
The Last Face (Sean Penn) – 2.2

May 11
10:00 AM – Café Society (Woody Allen), Debussy
7:00 PM – Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu), Debussy

May 12
8:30 AM – Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie), Lumiere
2:30 PM – In Bed with Victoria (Justine Triet), Miramar
7:00 PM – Sweet Dreams (Marco Bellocchio), Theatre Croisette

May 13
8:30 AM – Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont), Lumiere
1:00 PM – Exile (Rithy Panh), Bazin
3:15 PM – Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (1945, Mitsuyo Seo), Buñuel
7:00 PM – Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), Debussy

May 14
8:30 AM – The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook), Lumiere
11:30 AM – The Transfiguration (Michael O’Shea), Debussy
2:15 PM – Happy Times Will Come Soon (Alessandro Comodin), Miramar
7:00 PM – American Honey (Andrea Arnold), Debussy
10:15 PM – Harmonium (Kôji Fukada), Debussy

May 15
8:30 AM – From the Land of the Moon (Nicole Garcia), Lumiere
11:15 AM – Dogs (Bogdan Mirica), Debussy
2:00 PM – Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Eran Kolirin), Debussy

7:00 PM – Paterson (Jim Jarmusch), Debussy

May 16
8:30 AM – Loving (Jeff Nichols), Lumiere
11:30 AM – Mimosas (Oliver Laxe), Miramar
2:20 PM – Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat), Theatre Croisette
7:00 PM – Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas), Debussy

May 17
8:30 AM – Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar), Lumiere
1:00 PM – Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho), Buñuel
7:00 PM – Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza), Debussy
10:30 PM – The Park (Damien Manivel), Arcades 2

May 18
8:30 AM – The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne), Lumiere
1:00 PM – Le Cancre (Paul Vecchiali), Bazin
4:45 PM – The Red Turtle (Michäel Dudok de Wit), Debussy
9:30 PM – It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan), Bazin

May 19
8:30 AM – Graduation (Christian Mungiu), Lumiere
1:00 PM – The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra), Bazin
6:00 PM – Risk (Laura Poitras),Theatre Croisette
10:00 PM – The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn), Bazin

May 20
8:45 AM – Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader), Theatre Croisette
11:00 AM – Diamond Island (Davy Chou), Miramar
4:30 PM – The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (Francisco Márquez & Andrea Testa), Debussy
7:00 PM – The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi), Debussy

May 21
8:30 AM – Elle (Paul Verhoeven), Lumiere
11:45 AM – The Last Face (Sean Penn), Soixantième
7:00 PM – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Juho Kuosmanen), Debussy

May 22
11:15 AM – I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach), Debussy



Regrettable omissions
Neruda (Pablo Larraín)
Wrong Elements (Jonathan Littell)
Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Raw (Julia Ducournau )
After the Storm (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer (Nadav Lapid)



I’ll see it soon enough
The BFG (Steven Spielberg)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
Money Monster (Jodie Foster)
The Wailing (Na Hong-jin)

Key
Seen during the Berlinale or Woche der Kritik (between Feb. 11-21)
Seen at some other festival or venue [new films only]


Tier 0 & 1

Tier 2
Sixty Six (Lewis Klahr)

Tier 3
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Little Men (Ira Sachs)
Marble Ass (1995, Želimir Žilnik)
A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi)
Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
Being 17 (André Téchiné)
Rio Corgo (Sergio da Costa & Maya Kosa)

Tier 4
Short Stay (Ted Fendt)
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Crosscurrent (Yang Chao)
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
The Wounded Angel (Emir Baigazin)
The Lost Angel (1966, Ralf Kirsten)
Invention (Mark Lewis)
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
88:88 (Isiah Medina)
Much Ado About Nothing (Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
How Heavy This Hammer (Kazik Radwanski)
Havarie (Philip Scheffner)
Carla (1965, Herrmann Zschoche)
Despite the Night (Philippe Grandrieux)
Indignation (James Schamus)

Tier 5
The End (Guillaume Nicloux)
The Son of Joseph (Eugène Green)
Boris Without Béatrice (Denis Côté)
Maggie’s Plan (Rebecca Miller)
Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo)
Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)
Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)
Tales of Two Who Dreamt (Andrea Bussmann & Nicolás Pereda)
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Lav Diaz)
Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
The Road Back (1937, James Whale)
Where To Invade Next (Michael Moore)
Life After Life (Zhang Hanyi)
Ta’ang (Wang Bing)
Eldorado XXI (Salomé Lamas)
The Meadow of Things (1988, Heinz Emigholz)
Saint Amour (Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern)
Blue Dress (Igor Minaev)
Elixir (Daniil Zinchenko)
Illegitimate (Adrian Sitaru)
City of Jade (Midi Z)

Tier 6
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (Laura Israel)
United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski)
Lily Lane (Bence Fliegauf)
Letters from War (Ivo M. Ferreira)
The Dreamed Ones (Ruth Beckermann)
The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman)

Tier 7
Depth Two (Ognjen Glavonić)

Tier 8
Soy Nero (Rafi Pitts)

Tier 9

Tier 10
Fantastic (Offer Egozy)

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