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Toronto International Film Festival Announces Inaugural Platform Lineup, Including World Premiere of Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’

Toronto International Film Festival Announces Inaugural Platform Lineup, Including World Premiere of Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise'

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The Toronto International Film Festival’s newest program — Platform, a section dedicated to “director’s cinema” picks from around the world — has now unveiled its inaugural slate. The brand-new section includes twelve features and boasts 8 world premieres, including Ben Wheatley’s highly anticipated Tom Hiddleston-starring “High-Rise.” The section will also play home to the world premieres of Fabienne Berthaud’s “Sky,” David Verbeek’s “Full Contact” and Alan Zweig’s “HURT.”

“We created this new programme as a way to sharpen our focus on artistically ambitious cinema in our 40th year and we are thrilled to be able to put the spotlight on these 12 brilliant filmmakers this September,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “They are major creative forces: the next generation of masters whose personal vision will captivate audiences, industry members and media from around the world.”

The section features a three-person jury composed of acclaimed filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. The best film in the program will receive the Toronto Platform Prize, worth $25,000 CAD. 

“Each of the filmmakers in the programme fearlessly transforms a wide range of compelling realities through their unique visual and
narrative styles, and they do so with incredible command and precision,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto
International Film Festival.

Below is the slate for the Platform section of the TIFF 2015 lineup. The festival runs September 10-20.

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story),” Eva Husson, France, World Premiere

The Clan (El Clan),” Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain, North American Premiere 

French Blood (Un Français),” Diastème, France, International Premiere 

Full Contact,” David Verbeek, Netherlands/Croatia, World Premiere 

High-Rise,” Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom, World Premiere

HURT,” Alan Zweig, Canada, World Premiere 

Land of Mine (Under Sandet / Unter dem Sand),” Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany, World Premiere 

Looking for Grace,” Sue Brooks, Australia, North American Premiere

Neon Bull (Boi Neon),” Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands, North American Premiere

The Promised Land (Hui Dao Bei Ai De Mei Yi Tian),” He Ping, China, World Premiere 

Sky,” Fabienne Berthaud, France/Germany, World Premiere 

The White Knights (Les Chevaliers blancs),” Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium, World Premiere 

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