08 August 2018

Today, the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the 12 feature films of its 2018 Platform programme, marking a year rich in distinct voices and assured directorial efforts through genres ranging from period pieces to police dramas — and even a little sci-fi.

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling. “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.”

The programme includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. Hailing from the Americas, Europe, and China, all but one of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the Festival. This year will include new works from Emir Baigazin, Ho Wi Ding, Simon Jaquemet, Karyn Kusama, Alejandra Márquez Abella, Emmanuel Mouret, Carol Morley, Benjamín Naishtat, Alex Ross Perry, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, Markus Schleinzer, and Tim Sutton.

Now in its fourth year, Platform is the Toronto International Film Festival’s juried programme that champions risk-taking, with a lineup of up to 12 works with high artistic merit and a bold directorial vision. A three-person jury selects the winner of the Toronto Platform Prize, an award of $25,000 CAD made possible by Air France, which will be presented to the best film in the lineup at the Awards Ceremony on the last day of the Festival.

Previous titles that have screened as part of the programme include Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin (2017), Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country (2017), Pablo Larraín’s Jackie (2016), Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016), and Eva Husson’s Bang Gang (2015).

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