Co-presenting Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

IFOA is pleased to partner with Toronto’s beloved Hot Docs Cinema to co-present Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Uncover the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature and author of deservedly celebrated classics including 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, García Márquez became globally celebrated for his sensual, magical and epic work. Former US president Bill Clinton, former Colombian president César Gaviria and more are among interviewees celebrating his legacy in this breathtaking doc. “What matters in life is not what happens to you,” said García Márquez, “But what you remember and how you remember it.”

The event includes a post-screening Skype Q&A with director Justin Webster. We encourage you to join us for this screening. Watch Twitter and Facebook for ticket giveaways!

SUN, JAN 29, 11:00 AM

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TIFF Books on Film and IFOA present Helen Macdonald on Kes

Books on Film header image-1The Toronto International Film Festival’s Books on Film series has been exploring cinema and literature for six seasons, bringing readers and viewers together for screenings, talks, and discussions about the challenges of adaptation and the versatility of storytelling. Books on Film is hosted by Eleanor Wachtel, host and co-founder of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company and Wachtel on the Arts.

The IFOA is thrilled to partner with TIFF to bring Helen Macdonald to discuss her memoir, H is for Hawk, alongside a screening of the 1969 British classic, Kes. While created almost half a century apart, both of these works examine the curious relationship between falconry and combating personal grief.

Kes (1969),

Kes (1969)

Directed by Ken Loach, Kes is one of the British Film Institute’s best British films of the century. Billy, who lives in a mining town in northern England, is bullied both at school and by his half-brother at home. He finds escape from the coal dust and abuse in Kes, a kestrel he raises and trains.

Helen Macdonald – scholar, writer, artist, falconer – writes for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of three collections of poetry and Falcon, a cultural history of falconry. Her latest book, H is for Hawk, is a memoir of her experiences training a goshawk in the wake of a family tragedy.

Join TIFF and IFOA for Books on Film on Monday, June 27th 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, and learn more about the Books on Film series here.





IFOA and the 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival Co-present: Call me Bullie and Louis-Ferdinand Celine

We are delighted to partner with the 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival to co-present two films about authors, stories and writing.mash-up trailer tile logo

TJFF presents feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity.

Hailed by The New York Times as “Israel’s Faulkner,” and the recipient of the Israel Prize for Hebrew literature, A. B. Yehoshua is one of Israel’s most beloved authors. In this intimate portrait of the man known to his friends as “Bullie,” director Omri Lior offers invaluable insight into Yehoshua’s writing process and the meticulous research he undertakes for each novel.
Director: Omri Lior | Israel 2015, 61 Min. English

Sunday May 8 • 1:00pm • The ROM Eaton Theatre
Thursday May 12 • 5:30pm • Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

Louis Ferdinand Celine

Denis Lavant (Holy Motors, Beau Travail) stars in this elegant adaptation of Milton Hindus’ book The Crippled Giant. Filmmaker Emmanuel Bourdieu tells the true story of Hindus, a Jewish American professor, as he meets the notoriously anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. With the intention of writing a memoir, Hindus visits the now-isolated writer and discovers the charismatic but troubled man behind the books he so admires.
Director: Emmanuel Bourdieu | France 2016, 90 Min. French

Monday May 9 • 6:30pm • The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Wednesday May 11 • 8:30pm • Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

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