Directors in Focus

In 2019, MIFF takes a deep dive into the back catalogues of three exceptional auteurs – Agnieszka Holland, Penelope Spheeris and Peter Strickland – whose individual, unique bodies of work have left an indelible mark on global cinema. 

One of the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful women behind a camera, multiple Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland is also one of the most eclectic filmmakers working today. In honour of her newest film, Mr. Jones, our retrospective takes in many of her earliest and most critically acclaimed works. 

She had a box-office studio hit with Wayne’s World, but Penelope Spheeris has always been, at heart, an independent filmmaker, and it's this side of her work that we focus on here, her less well-known independent features and her rarely screened shorts. 

In celebration of Peter Strickland’s newest work, In Fabric, we're proud to present a retrospective comprising all his narrative feature films accompanied by a mini program of shorts and features that have inspired him – selected by Strickland himself especially for MIFF audiences.

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland

One of the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful women behind a camera, multiple Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland is also one of the most eclectic filmmakers working today.
Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris

She had a box-office studio hit with Wayne’s World, but Penelope Spheeris has always been, at heart, an independent filmmaker.
Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland

MIFF is proud to present a retrospective of Peter Strickland's feature films accompanied by a mini program of shorts and features that have inspired the director.