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TIFF 2018 Announces Platform Lineup, Including New Films From Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, and Tim Sutton

Just four years old, the festival's most exciting section also includes a strong showing from female directors and international rising stars.

“Her Smell”


The Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform program has announced the fourth edition of Platform, a director-driven section that aims to showcase original names in international cinema. This year, Platform will play home to a dozen feature films, including new features from Karyn Kusama (her star-studded cult drama “Destroyer” is her first film since “The Invitation”), Alex Ross Perry (again teaming with his “Queen of Earth” star Elisabeth Moss for the rock drama “Her Smell”), and Tim Sutton’s “Dark Night” followup (his noir bare-knuckle boxing drama “Donnybrook,” which will open the section).

This year’s Platform lineup also includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. The wide-ranging slate features films from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the festival.

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling in an official statement. “We are thrilled to present a slate that perfectly embodies the essence of the programme with so many risk-taking, challenging, and, at times, formally inventive titles that are the result of audacious directors making bold choices.”

Standout titles that have screened as part of the Platform program include Barry Jenkins’ best picture winner “Moonlight,” Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie,” and Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang.”

Below are the newest additions to the TIFF 2018 lineup, including the full Platform slate. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 16 in Toronto, Canada.


“Angelo,” Markus Schleinzer, Austria/Luxembourg, World Premiere

“Cities of Last Things,” Ho Wi Ding, Taiwan/China/USA/France, World Premiere

“Destroyer,” Karyn Kusama, USA, International Premiere

“Donnybrook,” Tim Sutton, USA, World Premiere Platform Opening Film


“The Good Girls (Las niñas bien),” Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico, World Premiere

“Her Smell,” Alex Ross Perry, USA, World Premiere

“The Innocent,” Simon Jaquemet, Switzerland/Germany, World Premiere

“Jessica Forever,” Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, France, World Premiere Platform Closing Film

“Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” Emmanuel Mouret, France, World Premiere

“Out of Blue”

“Out of Blue,” Carol Morley, UK, World Premiere

“The River,” Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway, North American Premiere

“Rojo,” Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany, World Premiere

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