The announcements for the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival continue to come in, a little more slowly now, but today’s announcement included the twelve films that will be in their third Platform programme.
Last year, the Platform programme included the likes of Barry Jenkins’ Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight, Pablo Larrain’s Jackie (another Oscar nominee), and the recently released Lady Macbeth from director William Oldroyd. The year before that, it included the World Premiere of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and the Oscar-nominated Land of Mine.
This year’s competition series–which will be judged by the prestigious jury of Wim Wenders, Chen Kaige and Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska–will open with The Death of Stalin, the latest film from Armando Iannucci (Veep). It closes with the Australian Western Sweet Country from Warwick Thornton (pictured above).
The section also includes the latest movie from Mike White, Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller and Jenna Fisher–trailer below.
The selected film in this section gets the Toronto Platform Prize and $25,000 CAD.
The full Platform line-up is:
Michael Pearce, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Mike White, USA (World Premiere)
Xavier Legrand, France (World Premiere)
North American Premiere
Clio Barnard, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
The Death of Stalin (Platform Opening Film)
Armando Iannucci, France/United Kingdom/Belgium (World Premiere)
Lisa Langseth, Sweden/Germany (World Premiere)
If You Saw His Heart
Joan Chemla, France (World Premiere)
Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany (World Premiere)
Nabil Ayouch, France (World Premiere)
The Seen and Unseen
Kamila Andini, Indonesia (World Premiere)
Sweet Country (Platform Closing Film)
Warwick Thornton, Australia (North American Premiere)
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si)
Iram Haq, Norway/Germany/Sweden (World Premiere)
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor