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Toronto announces its second wave of selected films


- Selected titles have been announced for Platform, TIFF Docs and Midnight Madness, with Borg/McEnroe to open the 42nd TIFF

Toronto announces its second wave of selected films
Borg/McEnroe by Janus Metz

Sports biopic drama Borg/McEnroe, a Scandinavian co-production (Sweden/Denmark/Finland) will open the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September. The film, directed by Janus Metz and starring Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf, follows two of the most famous tennis players in the history of the game and their epic rivalry, which culminated in the 1980 Wimbledon final. TIFF has also announced its second batch of selected titles. The festival, running from 7 to 17 September, has already released the Gala and Special Presentations titles (read news) and is now expanding its official feature program with the Platform slate, TIFF Docs and of course, Midnight Madness.

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Platform, one of TIFF’s more recent programmes, focuses on auteur cinema, with 12 films from all over the world selected as part of the category. British director-writer Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In the Loop [+see also:
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, Veep) will open this year’s edition with his historical political satire The Death of Stalin. His compatriot, Clio Barnard, will present her new layered drama, Dark River, at its World Premiere, while Swedish Lisa Langseth’s drama, Euphoria, follows the story of two estranged sisters with Alicia Vikander and Eva Green in the leading roles. Five years after her previous film, French actress-cum-director, Joan Chemla returns with If You Saw His Heart, starring Gael García Bernal in the main role. The selected films will compete for the Platform Prize, which will be awarded by a jury of filmmakers, including Chen Kaige, Małgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.

The documentary section has an impressive line-up that includes 23 films spanning a range of different topics. Focusing mainly on acclaimed personalities such as Grace Jones, Eric Clapton, Sammy Davis, Jr, Jane Goodall, and Jim Carrey, the selection also pays special attention to prominent cultural personalities in the African-American community. TIFF Docs also continues to present films on political (Azmaish, The Final Year, The China Hustle) and social subjects (Makala [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Gras
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, Cocaine Prison), while Morgan Spurlock’s sequel hit, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is among the selected documentaries.

Last but not least, one of the TIFF’s most iconic sections, Midnight Madness, is undergoing some very significant changes. After 20 years in the job, Colin Geddes is to be succeeded by Peter Kuplowsky, who will be in charge of programming for the section. Without wanting to drastically change what Midnight Madness encapsulates, Kuplowsky is aiming to maintain the spirit of the section with edgy films such as Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
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and The Crescent, as well as some classic horror choices such as The Ritual. Kuplowsky is also aiming to present and establish some new filmmakers, hoping to impress the genre audience at TIFF this year.

The full list of films announced:

Galas (Opening film)

Borg/McEnroe - Janus Metz (Sweden/Denmark/Finland)


BeastMichael Pearce (United Kingdom)
Brad's StatusMike White (USA)
CustodyXavier Legrand (France)
Dark RiverClio Barnard (United Kingdom)
The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci (France/United Kingdom/Belgium)
EuphoriaLisa Langseth (Sweden/Germany)
If You Saw His HeartJoan Chemla (France)
Mademoiselle ParadisBarbara Albert (Austria/Germany)
RazziaNabil Ayouch (France)
The Seen and UnseenKamila Andini (Indonesia)
Sweet CountryWarwick Thornton (Australia)
What Will People SayIram Haq (Norway/Germany/Sweden)


Azmaish: A Journey through the SubcontinentSabiha Sumar (Pakistan)
BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel BasquiatSara Driver (USA)
The China HustleJed Rothstein (USA)
Cocaine PrisonVioleta Ayala (Australia/Bolivia/France/USA)
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 BarsLili Fini Zanuck (United Kingdom)
Ex Libris - The New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman (USA)
The Final YearGreg Barker (USA)
The Gospel According to AndréKate Novack (USA)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and BamiSophie Fiennes (United Kingdom/Ireland)
Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond - the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony CliftonChris Smith (USA/Canada)
JaneBrett Morgen (USA)
The JudgeErika Cohn (Palestine/USA)
The Legend of the Ugly KingHüseyin Tabak (Germany/Austria)
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle [+see also:
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interview: Gustavo Salmerón
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Gustavo Salmerón (Spain)
Love Means Zero – Jason Kohn (USA)
Makala [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Emmanuel Gras
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Emmanuel Gras (France)
Of Sheep and MenKarim Sayad (Switzerland/Qatar)
One of UsHeidi Ewing, Rachel Grady (USA)
The Other Side of EverythingMila Turajlić (Serbia/France/Qatar)
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be MeSam Pollard (USA)
Scotty and the Secret History of HollywoodMatt Tyrnauer (USA)
SilasAnjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman (Canada/South Africa/Kenya)
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!Morgan Spurlock (USA)

Midnight Madness

BodiedJoseph Kahn (USA)
Brawl in Cell Block 99S. Craig Zahler (USA)
The CrescentSeth A. Smith (Canada)
The Disaster ArtistJames Franco (USA)
DownrangeRyuhei Kitamura (USA)
Great ChoiceRobin Comisar (USA)
Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
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Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani (Belgium/France)
Mom and DadBrian Taylor (USA)
RevengeCoralie Fargeat (France)
The RitualDavid Bruckner (USA)
Vampire ClaySôichi Umezawa (Japan)

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