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TIFF Head of Film Programmes Jesse Wente introduces our screening of Isao Takahata's moving animated masterpiece.
- Jesse Wente
- Jesse Wente is the Head of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox. His responsibilities include film scheduling, programming new releases and overseeing series and TIFF Cinematheque programming. Some of his contributions to programming since the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox in September 2010 include retrospectives on Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ousmane Sembène and Studio Ghibli. The landmark film programme First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition Home on Native Land, marked Wente's first major curatorial project at TIFF Bell Lightbox. In the summer of 2013, he programmed the major film series TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, which included an Animal House reunion.
- Grave of the Fireflies
Rarely screened in Canada, Isao Takahata's masterpiece about a teenage boy and his little sister struggling to survive through the final, bloody days of World War II is one of the greatest animated films of all time.