Indiewire reports that Kelly Reichardt’s partially Kickstarter-funded, newly restored version of RIVER OF GRASS picked for prestigious TIFF Cinematheque. Fessenden stars alongside Lisa Bowman in this 1994 film.
In addition to its stellar slate of new titles and emerging talent, the Toronto International Film Festival is dedicated to paying respect to the cinema — and masters — that have come before the latest and greatest in contemporary film talent. As part of the initiative, the festival boasts two unique programs — TIFF Cinematheque, which focuses on previously released classics, and Masters of Cinema, which features new films from, well, masters of cinema — and both sections have now revealed their slate for the 2015 festival.
“We believe that cinema has a rich heritage that must be protected, celebrated and preserved for current and future generations. This year’s TIFF Cinematheque lineup highlights our commitment to both preservation and restoration,” said TIFF programmer Brad Deane. “We’re thrilled to present some of the best new digital restorations along with some beautiful new 35mm prints, embracing both the future of the medium as well as the past.”
Standouts in the TIFF Cinematheque program include a new digital restoration of Julian Roffman’s “The Mask (Eyes of Hell),” Barbara Kopple’s debut documentary “Harlan County, USA” and a restored version of Frederick Wiseman’s “Titicut Follies.” Miklós Jancsó’s “The Round-Up” is also a part of the lineup, along with a partially Kickstart-ed restoration of Kelly Reichardt’s “River of Grass.” The Masters of Cinema section includes new films from Wim Wenders, Jafar Panahi, Hong Sang-soo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Philippe Garrel and many, many more.
Films screening as part of the TIFF Cinematheque and Masters of Cinema programs are listed below. The festival runs September 10 – 20.
“Adieu Philippine,” Jacques Rozier, France/Italy
“Harlan County, USA,” Barbara Kopple, USA
“The Mask (Eyes of Hell),” Julian Roffman, Canada
“The Memory of Justice,” Marcel Ophüls, United Kingdom/USA/Germany
“River of Grass,” Kelly Reichardt, USA
“Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli),” Luchino Visconti, Italy
“The Round-Up (Szegénylegények),” Miklós Jancsó, Hungary
“Titicut Follies,” Frederick Wiseman, USA
Masters of Cinema
“11 Minutes (11 Minut),” Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Ireland, North American Premiere
“The Assassin (Nie Yinniang),” Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, North American Premiere
“Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura),” Arturo Ripstein, Mexico/Spain, North American Premiere
“Blood Of My Blood (Sangue Del Mil Sangue),” Marco Bellocchio, Italy, International Premiere
“Cemetery of Splendour (Rak Ti Khon Kaen),” Apichatpong Weerasethakul, North American Premiere, Thailand/United Kingdom/France/Germany/Malaysia
“Every Thing Will Be Fine,” Wim Wenders, Germany/Canada/France/Sweden/Norway, North American Premiere
“Francofonia,” Alexander Sokurov, Germany/France/Netherlands, North American Premiere
“In the Shadow of Women,” Philippe Garrel, France, North American Premiere
“Jafar Panahi’s Taxi,” Jafar Panahi, Iran, Canadian Premiere
“Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary),” Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, North American Premiere
“The Pearl Button (El Botón de Nácar),” Patricio Guzmán, Chile/France/Spain, North American Premiere
“Rabin, The Last Day,” Amos Gitaï, Israel/France, North American Premiere
“Right Now, Wrong Then,” Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, North American Premiere