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Tsai Ming-Liang, Cristi Puiu, Albert Serra & Philip Gröning Among Off-beat Offerings in TIFF’s Wavelengths

Programmer Andrea Picard can do no wrong. From the compiled short and medium film offerings (see listing below for huge sampling of renowned world auteurs) to the latest from Tsai Ming-liang, Ben Wheatley (Karlovy Vary winner A Field In England), Albert Serra (Locarno debuted Story Of My Death), Wang Bing and that Rotterdam offering that we never thought we’d have the chance to see from Cristi Puiu, the ’13 edition of the Wavelenths programme is for those who need a little spunk in their cinema.

Of the titles that additionally caught our attention we have the Locarno preemed A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, the world premiere of (see pic above) La ultíma película – by Raya Martin and Cinemascope/Locarno programmer Mark Peranson (making his feature debut), Into Great Silence docu-helmer Philip Gröning’s The Police Officer’s Wife and a title that Blake recently pointed out as one of Cannes best unseen films, Ramon Zürcher’s The Strange Little Cat (read review). Here’s the film selections:

A Field In England – Ben Wheatley (UK) NAP
A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness – Ben Rivers and Ben Russell (Estonia-France) NAP
I’m The Same, I’m An Other – Caroline Strubbe (Belgium) W
La ultíma película – Raya Martin & Mark Peranson (Canada-Denmark-Mexico-Philippines) WP (Preceded by RP31 Lucy Raven (USA) CP)
MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez (USA-Nepal) NAP
Pays Barbare Yvervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (France) NAP
Story Of My Death – Albert Serra (Spain-France) NAP
Stray Dogs (Jiao You) – Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan-France) NAP
The Battle Of Tabatô – Joao Viana (Portugal-Guinea-Bissau) NAP (Preceded by The Disquiet Ali Cherri WP)
The Missing Picture – (L’image Manquante) Rithy Panh (Cambodia-France) NAP
The Police Officer’s Wife – Philip Gröning (Germany) NAP
The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher (Germany) CP
‘Til Madness Do Us Apart – Wang Bing (France-Hong Kong-Japan) NAP
Three Interpretation Exercises (Trois Exercises D’interprétation) – Cristi Puiu (Romania-France) NAP

Wavelengths 1: Variations On…
Variations On A Cellophane Wrapper David Rimmer (Restoration courtesy of Academy Film Archive) (Canada)
Pop Takes Luther Price (US)
Airship Kenneth Anger (US)
El Adios Largos Andrew Lampert (Mexico-US)
The Realist Scott Stark (US)

Wavelengths 2: Now & Then
Instants Hannes Schüpbach (Switzerland)
Pepper’s Ghost Stephen Broomer (Canada)
Man In Motion, 2012 (Homme En Mouvement, 2012) Christophe M. Saber, Ruben Glauser and Max Idje (Switzerland)
Flower Naoko Tasaka (Japan-US)
Constellations (Konstellationen) Helga Fanderl (Germany)

Wavelengths 3: Farther Than the Eye Can See
Farther Than The Eye Can See Basma Alsharif (UAE)
Main Hall Philipp Fleischmann (Austria)
45 7 Broadway Tomonari Nishikawa (US)
Bann Nina Könnemann (Germany)
Dry Standpipe (Suchy Pion) Wojciech Bakowski (Poland)
Gowanus Canal Sarah J Christman (US)
Nefandus Carlos Motta (US-Spain)

Wavelengths 4: Elysium
Trissákia 3 Nick Collins (UK)
Brimstone Line Chris Kennedy (Canada)
Listening To The Space In My Room Robert Beavers (Switzerland)
Mount Song Shambhavi Kaul (US-India)
Natpwe, The Feast Of The Spirits Tiane Doan na Champassak and Jean Dubrel (France-Burma)

Un Conte De Michel De Montaigne And The King’s Body And Redemption
Un Conte De Michel De Montaigne Jean-Marie Straub NAP
The King’s Body (O Corpo De Afonso) Jõao Pedro Rodrigues NAP
Redemption Miguel Gomes NAP

A Thousand Suns And Letter To A Refusing Pilot
A Thousand Suns (Mille soleils) Mati Diop IP
Letter To A Refusing Pilot Akram Zaatari NAP

Three Landscapes Preceded By Song And Spring
Song Nathaniel Dorsky CP
Spring Nathaniel Dorsky WP
Three Landscapes Peter Hutton WP

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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