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1976 Toronto International Film Festival

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Opening film  Cousin Cousine
Number of films  127 feature films
Closing film  Queen of the Gypsies
1976 Toronto International Film Festival
Location  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by  Toronto International Film Festival Group
Festival date  October 18, 1976 (1976-10-18)–October 24, 1976 (1976-10-24)

The 1st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place at Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada between October 18 and October 24, 1976. Initially its name was Festival of Festivals, which remained until 1994 after which it become Toronto International Film Festival. It showcased 127 feature films from 30 different countries with the audience of 35,000. It featured some of the best films from film festivals around the world. Most of the Hollywood studios later withdrew their submissions citing reason that Toronto audiences would be too parochial for their films. Cousin Cousine, a French film directed by Jean-Charles Tacchella was selected as the opening film and screened at Ontario Place Cinesphere and Queen of the Gypsies was the closing film. German cinema was focused upon, with films from German directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog.


Producer Dino De Laurentiis, screened 90 seconds preview from his then unreleased film King Kong at the festival.

Gala Presentation

  • Cousin Cousine by Jean-Charles Tacchella
  • Illustrious Corpses by Francesco Rosi
  • Death Race 2000 by Paul Bartel
  • Queen of the Gypsies by Emil Loteanu
  • Lumière by Jeanne Moreau
  • Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa
  • Adoption by Márta Mészáros
  • Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • The Devil's Playground by Fred Schepisi
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair by Joan Micklin Silver
  • The Best Way to Walk by Claude Miller
  • Kings of the Road by Wim Wenders
  • Heart of Glass by Werner Herzog
  • Herfra min verden går by Christian Braad Thomsen
  • Hustruer by Anja Breien
  • Cantata de Chile by Humberto Solás
  • Scandalo by Salvatore Samperi
  • Harvest: 3,000 Years by Haile Gerima
  • Independence Day by Bobby Roth
  • Canadian Cinema

  • L'eau chaude, l'eau frette by André Forcier
  • The Supreme Kid by Peter Bryant
  • L'absence by Brigitte Sauriol
  • Documentaries

  • Grey Gardens by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer
  • Harlan County, USA by Barbara Kopple
  • Small Change by François Truffaut
  • Hollywood on Trial by David Helpern
  • Not a Pretty Picture by Martha Coolidge
  • References

    1976 Toronto International Film Festival Wikipedia