With the finale of World Pride week reaching its peak this weekend and the festivities leading up to the climatic pride parade, other Toronto institutions have many Pride related events including the folks at TIFF. The TIFF Bell Lightbox continues its ‘Bent Lens: Pride on Screen’ series, in conjunction with the Inside Out Toronto LGBT festival with spotlights on queer cinema pioneers Bruce LaBruce and Derek Jarman and the free gallery exhibition ‘Queer Outlaw Cinema’ that runs until August 17th.

The Queer Outlaw Cinema exhibition is comprised of media artworks celebrating the possibilities and origins of the contemporary queer identity, and features the work of Derek Jarman as well as artists Bruce LaBruce, Isaac Julien, Ulrike Ottinger and a new TIFF-commissioned piece from Scott Treleaven. The exhibition is same day ticket only, so even though it is free audiences will need to show up and get their place in line in order to visit, and assuming this will be a very hot ticket weekend, audiences should arrive early.

This week also marks the conclusion of both the Bruce LaBruce and Derek Jarman retrospectives, with Jarman’s film playing all weekend long, and the Carte Blanche screenings of some of LaBruce’s favourite films – with LaBruce curating each screening – also happening this weekend. These activities are the perfect way to wind down from the weeklong Pride festivities that have painted the streets of Toronto rainbow colored. More information of the Bent Lens series can be found here.

Also finishing  this week is the Martin Scorsese curated ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series that wraps up July 1st and marks the start of a new retrospective  series ‘The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray’ . The Bengali director that has served as inspiration for acclaimed directors such as Wes Anderson and was the object of high praise from his contemporaries like Akira Kurosawa.  Satyajit gets a career retrospective consisting of the exhibition of 34 of his films that starts on July 3rd with the first film in the 3 part Apu trilogy.  The rest of the trilogy unspools over the following 2 days as well, all of which will be exhibited off of newly restored 35mm prints.

For more information about all of these series and other TIFF Pride/Victoria Day activities, check out TIFF’s website at tiff.net.

Kirk Haviland
Kirk Haviland has spent over 20 years working in Entertainment Retail which has enabled him to have a unique opinion and perspective on film and music. A fixture around Toronto film festivals and movie repertory houses, Kirk`s opinions can be seen on multiple outlets. He now also very happy to call Addicted home.
Kirk Haviland
Kirk Haviland