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Piers Handling
Q&A  Bio 

Western Europe, Italy, Poland, USA


Hometown:
Calgary—although I never lived there, and I feel in my bones that Toronto and London, England are really my hometowns. Ottawa would be there somewhere as well!

Programming for the Festival since:
1982

Desert-island films:
Le Mépris
Au hasard Balthazar
The Searchers
Vertigo
The Great Dictator

Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
Dimitri, because he has superb taste for the cinema I admire.

The strangest place you've ever watched a film:
Agnès Varda’s living room, with Agnès reading the voiceover for her film as it was projected on to her wall.

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren't programming for the Festival?
I run TIFF—so, planning, budgeting, managing growth and future projects. In my spare time I hike, ski, read, listen to music, go to concerts and travel lots.

Twitter?
Don't tweet—waiting for the next breakthrough.