• One of the major events in the film world this fall will undoubtedly be the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival’s new TIFF Bell Lightbox building. According to an in-depth article by Daniel Baird in the September issue of the Canadian magazine the Walrus, this much-anticipated structure will be “the only building of its kind in North America—a monumental center devoted exclusively to the art of cinema.” Even the building itself, designed by architect Bruce Kuwabara, pays tribute to filmmaking: Baird describes alternating transparent and semitransparent exterior glass meant to evoke moving celluloid, as well as a sweeping, six-floor patio staircase envisioned by Kuwabara and TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling as an allusion to the grand steps to the Villa Malaparte in Capri, made iconic by Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt. Of course, what’s inside this “city of cinema,” as Kuwabara calls it, promises to be just as alluring, including several new state-of-the-art theaters (one with 550 seats and an orchestra well), a large gallery space, restaurants, and more.

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