The Toronto International Film Festival continues to roll out the exciting programming announcements as the film-loving world looks forward to this start of this year’s festival (just next month!). The latest slate addition comes care of TIFF’s Platform section, which aims to present an “artistically stimulating and thought-provoking lineup.” The directors-focused section is only in its second year, but has already lined up a stellar spread of features from around the world, including Canada, Australia, France, Bhutan, Belgium, USA, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Per the festival, this year Platform is aiming to take on “complex and bold narratives that range from a dark, twisted fantasy, a dramatic crime thriller, an existential illusion to the reinterpretation of a satirical tragedy, a raw coming-of-age story, and tales of revolutions, radicals, and revenge.” The section will open with the international premiere of the drama “Nocturama” from critically acclaimed director-writer Bertrand Bonello.
Other highlights include the North American premiere of Pablo Larraín’s Natalie Portman-starring Jackie O biopic, “Jackie,” and Barry Jenkins’ buzzed-about sexual awakening drama “Moonlight.” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s first film made outside Japan, the French-language “Daguerrotype,” has also moved into the section after previously been announced as part of the Special Presentations lineup.
Below is the fourth round of additions to the TIFF 2016 lineup, including the full Platform slate. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.
The festival runs September 8 – 18.
“Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire),” Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium, World Premiere
The film was previously announced as a Special Presentation, but will now screen in Platform
“Goldstone,” Ivan Sen, Australia, International Premiere
“Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants),” Katell Quillévéré, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
“Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (he-mà he-mà),” Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan/Hong Kong, North American Premiere
“Home,” Fien Troch, Belgium, North American Premiere
“Jackie,” Pablo Larraín, United Kingdom, North American Premiere
“Lady Macbeth,” William Oldroyd, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan, World Premiere
“Maliglutit (Searchers),” Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, World Premiere
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins, USA, International Premiere
“Nocturama,” Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany/Belgium, International Premiere
“Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves,” Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, Canada, World Premiere
Platform titles are eligible for the Toronto Platform Prize ($25,000 CAD), which goes to the best film in the program as selected by a three-person international jury, and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on September 18.