The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the 10 films in competition for its Platform prize.
Introduced in 2015, the Platform programme showcases feature films from rising international filmmakers and “veterans at turning points in their careers,” according to TIFF. The programme is the only juried competition of the festival, with a $20,000 prize (down from $25,000 in previous years) awarded to the winner. This year’s jury comprises Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari, the Berlin film festival’s artistic director Carlo Chatrian, and Variety international film critic Jessica Kiang.
This year’s lineup includes a strong showing from female directors, who make up 40 per cent of the slate.
“Suffragette” director Sarah Gavron’s latest film “Rocks” will open the programme. Featuring newcomer Bukky Bakray, the London-set film follows a young woman and her friends as they try to keep Social Services from separating her and her younger brother.
“Before Sunset” co-writer and star Julie Delpy goes behind the camera once again for the drama “My Zoe”, about a geneticist who attempts to put her shattered family back together following a tragedy. Delpy will star in the film opposite Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, Daniel Bruhl, and Lindsay Duncan.
Director Alice Winocour, the co-writer of past TIFF selection “Mustang”, returns with “Proxima”, starring Eva Green as an astronaut separated from her young daughter for a year.
Other highlights from this year’s competition include the Canadian entry “Anne At 13,000 ft” by Toronto’s Kazik Radwanski and the directorial debut of “The Place Beyond The Pines” co-writer Darius Marder who directs Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke in “The Sound Of Metal”. Ahmed will play a drummer forced to re-evaluate his life after he learns he is losing his hearing.
Additional films are “The Moneychanger” from Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj, “The Sleepwalkers” by Argentine director Paula Hernández, “Workforce” from Mexico’s David Zonana and “Wet Season” by Singaporean writer/director Anthony Chen. Loosely based on the 1909 Jack London novel of the same name, “Martin Eden” by Italian director Pietro Marcello will close out the programme.
“Whether they are debuts or mid-career works, these films push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking in surprising and rigorous ways, some using documentary or experimental techniques in their approaches. Audiences will recognize similar themes emerge like a global collective subconscious, but what is truly exciting is the varied means of cinematic expression on display,” TIFF’s Platform co-curator Andréa Picard said in a statement.
TIFF kicks off on September 5.