TIFF Cinematheque—formerly Cinematheque Ontario—is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, and has announced an impressively bursting summer schedule. From June to August, the cinematheque will pay tribute to its own fine cinephilic legacy with a roster of wonderful programming, headlined by two major series on directors who were honored during the organization’s inaugural season, in 1990. The first, Akira Kurosawa: Centenary of a Sensei (June 11 through August 2), is a complete retrospective of the Japanese master’s films; Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination (July 8 through August 6) is a more selective offering, including not only the major works, from Mamma Roma to Salò, but also such rarer ones as 1969’s Notes on an African Oresteia and La rabbia di Pasolini, a recently restored found-footage political essay.
Also showing will be a monthlong series devoted to the films of James Mason, Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales, the first Canadian retrospective of Catherine Breillat’s work, and a tribute to the late Robin Wood, one of the most influential film critics and scholars of all time. “The range and richness of this summer season capture what TIFF Cinematheque has stood for over the past two decades,” says James Quandt in a press release. “A fierce adherence to the history of international cinema, and an equally passionate commitment to contemporary film.” Congratulations to the cinematheque!