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1983 Toronto International Film Festival

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Opening film  The Big Chill
Language  English
1983 Toronto International Film Festival
Location  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by  Toronto International Film Festival Group
Festival date  September 9, 1983 (1983-09-09)–September 17, 1983 (1983-09-17)

The 8th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 9 and September 17, 1983. This year, the festival introduced Contemporary World Cinema programme. The festival also shone light on Paul Verhoevens work. The festival also hold a retrospective in honor of David Cronenberg, first time for a Toronto-reared director. The censor board insisted that the censored version of Cronenberg's film The Brood, approved in 1979 be used.


The Big Chill by Lawrence Kasdan was selected as the opening film. It won People's Choice Award at the festival and later got nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.

Gala Presentation

  • The Ballad of Narayama by Shōhei Imamura
  • The Big Chill by Lawrence Kasdan
  • The Fourth Man by Paul Verhoeven
  • Le Dernier Combat by Luc Besson
  • Eréndira by Ruy Guerra
  • The South by Víctor Erice
  • The State of Things by Wim Wenders
  • My Brother's Wedding by Charles Burnett
  • Streamers by Robert Altman
  • David Cronenberg retrospective

  • Stereo (1969)
  • Crimes of the Future (1970)
  • Shivers (1975)
  • Rabid (1977)
  • Fast Company (1979)
  • The Brood (1979)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • References

    1983 Toronto International Film Festival Wikipedia