With a film showing at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (Bastards) and a body of work that many filmmakers can only dream of, Claire Denis’s work is being honoured at TIFF Bell Lightbox from Oct. 11, 2013 to Nov. 10, 2013 in her first TIFF Cinematheque retrospective in more than a decade.
Having debuted into cinema with Chocolat in 1988 (which arrived 12 years before the one starring Juliette Binoche), Denis has since made more than 20 feature-length films and short films, with notable titles being Nenette and Boni, Beau Travail, and The Intruder. She’s made a conscious decision to focus on themes of colonialism and post-colonialism in Africa, shooting on location, and choosing the titles of her films carefully. As a result, she has crafted a reputation as one of the world’s renowned filmmakers, gender notwithstanding.
In celebration of Denis’s works, TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting a large retrospective called Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis, where they will show 15 of her films and welcome her in person on Oct. 17, 2013 at 6:45pm for an onstage discussion. For the first in-person talk, Denis will present a restored 35mm print of Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki as well as A Thousand Suns (Mille Soleils), Mambéty’s niece Mati Diop’s film which enjoyed its international première in the Toronto International Film Festival 2013’s Wavelengths programme. Although none of Denis’s films are being shown that night, as part of the retro, TIFF invited her to present the films she wanted- her Carte Blanche selection.
Returning to TIFF Bell Lightbox on Oct. 18, 2013 at 6:30pm to introduce the film she had in TIFF 2013, Bastards, she’ll host a Q&A session about the film. The retro starts on Oct. 11, 2013 and runs until Nov. 10, 2013, with the following schedule:
Oct. 11, 2013 at 6:30pm: Chocolat
Oct. 12, 2013 at 7:00pm: Beau Travail
Oct. 13, 2013 at 4:30pm: No Fear, No Die with Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud
Oct. 13, 2013 at 7:15pm: Jacques Rivette — Le veilleur
Oct. 17, 2013 at 6:45pm: A Thousand Suns & Touki Bouki (Claire Denis appearing in-person)
Oct. 18, 2013 at 6:30pm: Claire Denis appears at TIFF Bell Lightbox again on this date at 6:30pm to introduce Bastards and host a Q&A
Oct. 22, 2013 at 6:30pm: I Can’t Sleep
Oct. 25, 2013 at 6:30pm: Vendredi soir
Oct. 26, 2013 at 4:15pm: U.S. Go Home with Claire Denis, la vagabonde
Oct. 27, 2013 at 3:30pm: Nénette et Boni
Oct. 29, 2013 at 6:30pm: L’intrus with Vers Nancy
Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:00pm: Trouble Every Day
Nov. 5, 2013 at 6:30pm: Vers Mathilde
Nov. 9, 2013 at 5:00pm: 35 rhums
Nov. 10, 2013 at 3:45pm: White Material with To the Devil
Tickets to Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis can be bought on the TIFF Bell Lightbox site.