TIFF Cinematheque: The Homes and Worlds of Satyajit Ray
You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.
Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker.
Music in the Garden
There’s bound to be a lot of barbecuing, beaching, and boozing around the city this summer, so we’d like to suggest something a little more refined to keep things balanced. The Music in the Garden series features weekly performances by a variety of unique musical groups, amid the luscious greenery of the Toronto Music Garden. The Akwesasne Women Singers start things off on July 3 with a showcase of English and Mohawk songs, followed by Music from the Garden of India (July 24), an all-female fiddling supergroup (July 31), the Nagata Shachu taiko drumming ensemble (August 21), the Veretski Pass Trio (September 4), and many more.
Future Is Now! Art Show
Remember how we were supposed to have stuff like flying cars, and colonies on the moon by the year 2000? The artists behind #Hashtag Gallery’s newest exhibit do. The Future Is Now! Art Show features pieces by established and amateur artists, inspired by what our world was supposed to look like by now, according to ideas of the past.
Open Roof Festival: Night Three
For the third week in a row, the Open Roof Festival is presenting stars under the stars with its outdoor film and concert pairing. Toronto hip-hop artist pHoenix Pagliacci will show off her linguistic skills before the attention turns to the screen, where Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, sees a 40-year-old man hijack an eighth grade spelling bee.