Not the same Wavelengths

WAVELENGTHS at the Toronto International Film Festival (Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas West). tiff.net.In its ninth year,.


WAVELENGTHS at the Toronto International Film Festival (Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas West). tiff.net.


In its ninth year, TIFF’s avant-garde section takes over the AGO’s Jackman Hall auditorium for six thematically curated programs of experimental cinema. Here are the highlights, gleaned from an admittedly incomplete selection of screeners.[rssbreak]

Programme 1 (September 11, 9 pm) offers, among others, Michael Snow’s Puccini Conservato, commissioned to accompany a selection from La Bohème, and T. Marie’s lovely digital cascade, 010101.

Programme 2 (September 12, 6:30 pm) features Rossana Torres and Hiroatsu Suzuki’s Green Belt, a lyrical study of Portuguese farmers, and Chris Kennedy’s Tamalpais, built out of images of San Francisco shot on film and converted to still photographs.

The whole of Programme 3 (September 12, 9 pm) is given over to Ben Russell’s Steadicam feature Let Each One Go Where He May, about a pair of brothers (Benjen and Monie Pansa) making their way through Suriname.

Programme 4 (September 13, 4 pm) is similarly dominated by a feature – In Comparison, Harun Farocki’s hour-long documentary about brickmaking – but it sneaks in Lisandro Alonso’s Untitled (S/T), a one-minute divertimento from the director of Liverpool.

Programme 5 (September 13, 6:30 pm), features Jean-Luc Godard’s hallucinatory, ephemeral Une Catastrophe, commissioned as a brief introduction to features at last year’s Viennale, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s A Letter To Uncle Boonmee, a 20-minute meditation on humanity’s inability to learn from history couched in a story about identity, memory and reincarnation.

And Programme 6 (September 14, 9 pm) presents Coleen Fitzgibbon’s recently rediscovered 1974 production FM/TRCS alongside Hen Night (Polterabend) and Passage Briare, two shorts by Austria’s Friedl vom Gröller Kubelka that dissect the notion of the posed portrait from the inside out.

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