2019 Wavelengths programme at the Toronto International Film Festival

From September 5 to 15, the Wavelengths programme at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival offers a curated selection of international shorts and features by established and emerging talents. With a total of 37 titles, this year’s lineup is a testament to political fortitude and artistic experimentation, seen across a captivating mix of genres and perspectives. All screenings take place in accessible venues at the Art Gallery of Ontario, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Scotiabank cinemas.


Book of Hours (Annie MacDonell) from Wavelengths 4: Lives of Performers


This year’s programme presents a number of new works by local filmmakers and artists, including Annie MacDonell’s Book of Hours, Blake Williams2008, and Ryan Ferko’s Hrvoji, Look at You From the Tower.

Wavelengths is also showcasing highlights from the world of contemporary art, with selections from recent exhibitions and biennials, including the North American Premieres of Turner Prize–winning artist Charlotte Prodger’s entry in this year’s Venice Biennale, SaF05 and Marwa ArsaniosWho’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2, first presented at the Sharjah Biennial.

The shorts programmes offer formally impressive and surprising films by a number of leading international talents, including World Premieres by Zachary Epcar, Luke Fowler, Gastón Solnicki, Mike Gibisser, and Tomonari Nishikawa, as well as exciting new work by Burak Çevik, Miryam Charles, Maureen Fazendeiro, Pedro Neves Marques, Erica Sheu, Joshua Gen Solondz, Deborah Stratman, John Torres, and James N Kienitz Wilkins.

As ever, the programme is rounded out by a number of restorations and rediscoveries, including Edward Owens’s Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967), and 2minutes40seconds (1975), an experimental documentary by Korean filmmaker Han Ok-hee, founding member of the feminist film collective Kaidu Club.

Wavelengths 1: WLS19
Friday, September 6, 7:00pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Cinema 3

Austrian Pavilion Philipp Fleischmann | Austria
SaF05 Charlotte Prodger | United Kingdom
Slow Volumes Mike Gibisser | USA
The Bite (A Mordida) Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal/Brazil

Wavelengths 2: Sun Rave
Saturday, September 7, 6:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Cinema 3

2008 Blake Williams | Canada
Amusement Ride Tomonari Nishikawa | Japan
Black Sun (Sol Negro) Maureen Fazendeiro | Portugal/France
A Topography of Memory Burak Çevik | Turkey/Canada
Sun Rave (Lafhat Shams) Roy Samaha | Lebanon
(tourism studies) Joshua Gen Solondz | USA

Wavelengths 3: Look Around
Sunday, September 8, 9:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Cinema 3

2minutes40seconds Han Ok-hee | South Korea
Hrvoji, Look at You From the Tower Ryan Ferko | Canada/Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia
Circumplector Gastón Solnicki | Argentina
Cézanne Luke Fowler | United Kingdom/France
Second Generation Miryam Charles | Canada
Transcript (Lín Mó) Erica Sheu | USA/Taiwan
Who’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2 Marwa Arsanios | Lebanon/Kurdistan/Syria

Wavelengths 4: Lives of Performers
Monday, September 9, 6:45pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Cinema 3

Billy Zachary Epcar | USA
Remembrance: A Portrait Study Edward Owens | USA
Vever (for Barbara) Deborah Stratman | Guatemala/USA
Book of Hours Annie MacDonell | Canada
We Still Have to Close Our Eyes John Torres | Philippines
This Action Lies (Cest Action Gist) James N. Kienitz Wilkins | USA/Switzerland


Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa)


Wavelengths is pleased to host a number of alumni to present some of their most provocative and accomplished work to date, including Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa with Vitalina Varela, a continuation of his pathos-laden tales of life in Lisbon’s margins, which won the 2019 Golden Leopard and Best Actress award in Locarno; Catalan artist-filmmaker Albert Serra with Liberté, his award-winning tale of 18th-century decadence and desire; Sergei Loznitsa with State Funeral, in which he repurposes footage shot in 1953, in the days following the death of Joseph Stalin, into a trenchant reflection on cults of personality; Marcel Duchamp prize nominee Éric Baudelaire, with Un Film Dramatique a collective project made with students at a junior high school in a Paris suburb, about friendship, emancipation, trust, and the act of filmmaking and representation; and Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, who return to TIFF with Krabi, 2562, a collaborative work on memory, landscape, and social awareness –an extension of their installation for the first Thai Biennial.

Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another Jessica Sarah Rinland | United Kingdom/Argentina/Spain
preceded by
Heavy Metal Detox Josef Dabernig | Austria

Seven Years in May (Sete Anos em Maio) Affonso Uchôa | Brazil/Argentina
My Skin, Luminous (Mi Piel, Luminosa) Gabino Rodríguez, Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada

143 Sahara Street (143 rue du désert) Hassen Ferhani | Algeria

Endless Night (Longa noite) Eloy Enciso | Spain

The Fever (A Febre) Maya Da-Rin | Brazil/France/Germany

Fire Will Come (O que arde) Oliver Laxe | Spain/France/Luxembourg

Heimat is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) Thomas Heise | Germany/Austria

Krabi, 2562 Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers | Thailand/United Kingdom

Liberté Albert Serra | France/Spain/Portugal/Germany

State Funeral Sergei Loznitsa | Netherlands/Lithuania

Un Film Dramatique Éric Baudelaire | France

Vitalina Varela Pedro Costa | Portugal

For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/wavelengths


Vever (For Barbara) (Deborah Stratman) from Wavelengths 3: Look Around


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