Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TIFF12 schedule

The good news about the new package redemption system TIFF put in place for this year’s festival is that it is easy to use and didn’t crash or get bogged down. I also suspect that the opportunity to pick the films one wants, assuming they’re available, keeps films on-sale longer than under the previous system. Previously you submitted your first and second choices, hoped you snagged a good draw in the lottery, and then received an e-mail listing what tickets you got.

I was shut out of four picks on my shortlist, which is a much better percentage than last year’s process turned out for me. If monitoring an unofficial festival blog’s commenter reports are accurate, Michael Haneke’s AMOUR went off-sale an hour or two before I took my place in the virtual line. Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Ramaa Mosley’s THE BRASS TEAPOT were also unavailable. For now I’m planning to rush or redeem vouchers for the last three if the opportunity presents itself, although I do have a ticket for something else during THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES screening.

You may notice some tweaks to my original shortlist. I was stunned that the first non-premium screening of the new Terrence Malick film was still available. (I assumed I’d need to purchase a ticket for the premium screening when single tickets go on-sale.) I read a less-than-encouraging tweet about FOXFIRE: CONFESSIONS OF A GIRL GANG that led me to drop it. I added the new Rob Zombie film mainly because I am working with 23 or 24 tickets to redeem and needed to fill the slot. By the time I leave, I should have seen 25 or 26 films.

Thursday, September 6

*6:15-8:05 p.m. TABU (Miguel Gomes, 2012) (Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France) TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

*9:15-11:30 p.m. DIAL M FOR MURDER (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) (USA) TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Friday, September 7

*12:00-2:30 p.m. RUST & BONE (DE ROUILLE ET D’OS) (Jacques Audiard, 2012) (France/Belgium) Ryerson Theatre

*3:00-4:35 p.m. THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh, 2012) (Israel/France/Germany/Belgium) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

*5:30-7:29 p.m. KON-TIKI (Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, 2012) (Norway/Denmark/United Kingdom) Winter Garden Theatre

*9:30-10:56 p.m. FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach, 2012) (USA) Ryerson Theatre

Saturday, September 8

*7:30-9:40 a.m. ANNA KARENINA (Joe Wright, 2012) (United Kingdom) press screening

*12-15-2:09 p.m. THE END OF TIME (Peter Mettler, 2012) (Canada/Switzerland) Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 2

*3:15-4:55 p.m. JACKIE (Antoinette Beumer, 2012) (The Netherlands) Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7

*6:30-8:03 p.m. THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, 2012) (France/Lebanon/United Arab Emirates/Qatar) TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

*9:00-11:02 p.m. SOMETHING IN THE AIR (APRÈS MAI) (Olivier Assayas, 2012) (France) VISA Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

*11:59 p.m.-1:25 a.m. NO ONE LIVES (Ryûhei Kitamura, 2012) (USA) Ryerson Theatre

Sunday, September 9

*9:00-10:49 a.m. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012) (Japan/France) Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7

(*12:30-2:17 p.m. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Joss Whedon, 2012) (USA) Isabel Bader Theatre--currently planning to rush or redeem voucher)

*3:30-5:43 p.m. THE LAND OF HOPE (KIBÔ NO KUNI) (Sion Sono, 2012) (Japan) Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3

(*6:45-8:25 p.m. THE BRASS TEAPOT (Ramaa Mosley, 2012) (USA) Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 5--currently planning to rush or redeem voucher)

*9:00-10:58 p.m. BYZANTIUM (Neil Jordan, 2012) (United Kingdom/Ireland) Ryerson Theatre

Monday, September 10

*11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. THANKS FOR SHARING (Stuart Blumberg, 2012) (USA) VISA Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

*3:00-4:36 p.m. WRITERS (Josh Boone, 2012) (USA) Ryerson Theatre

*6:00-7:32 p.m. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Peter Strickland, 2012) (United Kingdom) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

*9:00-10:45 p.m. IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON) (François Ozon, 2012) (France) VISA Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)

*11:59 p.m.-1:40 a.m. THE LORDS OF SALEM (Rob Zombie, 2012) (USA/United Kingdom/Canada) Ryerson Theatre

Tuesday, September 11

*12:00-1:43 p.m. THE ICEMAN (Ariel Vromen, USA) Ryerson Theatre

*3:00-4:52 p.m. TO THE WONDER (Terrence Malick, 2012) (USA) Princess of Wales

*8:00-9:38 p.m. PASSION (Brian De Palma, 2012) (France/Germany) Winter Garden Theatre


  1. I don't have my schedule right in front of me, but off the top of my head, I think I'll be seeing you at Tabu, Byzantium, The Lords of Salem, To the Wonder and Passion (provided I don't make any last-minute changes while the festival's proceeding)!

  2. Oh, and how did you find your way into that Anna Karenina press screening???

    1. The local Focus rep informed me of some hotel screenings while at TIFF and made them available to me. Timing-wise, the early morning one was the only one that worked out.