Just in time to prepare us for her newest film, TIFF Cinematheque presents a special retrospective of Deepa Mehta’s films in Toronto, as well as a special screening of her carte blanche selection, Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959).
“I am not a politician, I am a filmmaker, and although you should be able to distance yourself from your own work and be objective about it, there is so much of your own personal emotions and involvement put into a film.” —Deepa Mehta
Love her or hate her, Deepa Mehta’s films are conversation starters. From October 8 to November 15, TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto will host a retrospective of Mehta’s career as a filmmaker, including several interesting but lesser known films from her early career.
There will also be an “In Conversation With…” event with Mehta and TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling on Saturday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Prior to that, Mehta will introduce her Carte Blanche selection of Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959) on Saturday, October 10 at 3:15 p.m. Get tickets and more information.
Our picks of the Deepa Mehta retrospective at TIFF:
Fire (1996): The first part of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy became a flashpoint of controversy for its depiction of same-sex desire within a tradition bound milieu. Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Earth (1998): A fateful love triangle plays out against the chaotic backdrop of the Indian Partition of 1947, in the second part of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy. Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Carte Blanche Selection: The World of Apu (1959): The moving, heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting final film of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy chronicles the young hero’s surprising marriage, the tragedy that befalls him and his young bride, and his eventual emotional and spiritual rebirth. Saturday, October 10 at 3:15 p.m.
Sam & Me (1991): Mehta’s first feature is an odd-couple comedy-drama about a young Indian immigrant who becomes the companion and minder of a senile old Jewish patriarch who is determined to return to Israel. Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m.
Camilla (1994): The great Jessica Tandy gave her final screen performance in Mehta’s sweet-tempered comedy-drama about an elderly free spirit who hits the road with a young, aspiring musician (Bridget Fonda) to reunite with her long-lost love. Sunday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The Republic of Love (2003): The road to love is a rocky one for a popular Toronto radio host and a commitment-phobic researcher, in Mehta’s charming adaptation of the beloved novel by Carol Shields. Sunday, November 1 at 1 p.m.
Midnight’s Children (2012): An irreverent epic of Shakespearean proportions, Mehta’s adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novel follows the destinies of two children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 — the moment India claimed its independence from Britain. Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m.