TIFF Bell Lightbox Presents: Conversations with Slavoj Žižek and Naseeruddin Shah

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Toronto – In early October, TIFF Bell Lightbox will be hosting two special events that aim to provide insight and discourse into contemporary and international cinema. Filled with onstage discussions with eminent and respected figures in the field, TIFF Bell Lightbox will be transformed into what can only be described as a temporary lecture hall for Cinema 101.

Events include:

Onstage Conversation with Slavoj Žižek – October 1 @ 7 pm

Slavoj Žižek is a man of many hats. At any given time, he can be recognized as a visiting professor at numerous American universities (Columbia, Princeton, New York University, University of Michigan), the “Elvis Presley of philosophy”, an “academic rock star”, a pop culture critic, and the trenchant presenter of Sophie Fiennes’ three-part documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006).

Following a screening of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema: Part 3, in which he literally inserts himself into famous film scenes to discuss a wide range of topics (fantasy and reality, sexuality, desire, subjectivity), Mr. Žižek will be onstage to explore the links between psychoanalysis and cinema in even greater detail. From “God’s bungled job of creation” in Alien Resurrection to “the art of illusion” in The Wizard of Oz to, of course, the work of Alfred Hitchcock, the screening, and the conversation immediately following, is a unique and often humorous exploration of classic films.

Slavoj Žižek inserts himself into Vertigo


In Conversation With Naseeruddin Shah – October 4 @ 6:30 pm

An internationally renowned Bollywood star, with over 130 acting roles in his career, such as in Monsoon Wedding and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Naseeruddin Shah will be at TIFF Bell Lightbox to discuss his prolific and storied career as a stage and screen actor. In 2003, the government of India presented him with the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions to Indian cinema, and, later this fall, he will appear in the Toronto theater productions of Dear Liar and Ismat Apa Ke NaamII.

Photos courtesy of TIFF

For more information, please visit TIFF.net

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