Ranging from period pieces to police dramas, and even incorporating elements of sci-fi, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled today the 12 feature films that comprise the 2018 Platform lineup. The program’s lineup 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 Asia, all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the Festival. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel’s Jessica Forever is the standout feature directorial debut in the program.
Now in its fourth year, Platform is the Toronto International Film Festival’s juried program 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 program 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).
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 PLATFORM PROGRAM
Angelo Markus Schleinzer | Austria/Luxembourg
Cities of Last Things Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan/China/USA/France
Destroyer Karyn Kusama | USA
Platform Opening Film.
Donnybrook Tim Sutton | USA
The Good Girls ( Las niñas bien) Alejandra Márquez Abella | Mexico
Her Smell Alex Ross Perry | USA
The Innocent Simon Jaquemet | Switzerland/Germany
Platform Closing Film.
Jessica Forever Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel | France
Mademoiselle de Joncquières Emmanuel Mouret | France
Out of Blue Carol Morley | UK
The River Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway
North American Premiere
Rojo Benjamín Naishtat | Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany