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TORONTO 2019 Platform

Toronto announces line-up for the Platform competition

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- TIFF’s juried programme includes upcoming films by Alice Winocour, Julie Delpy and Sarah Gavron, who will open the section

Toronto announces line-up for the Platform competition
Proxima by Alice Winocour

Ten feature films will compete this year in the Platform section of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) (5-15 September). In its fifth edition, Platform embraces films by both established and emerging filmmakers that explore a wide variety of themes and genres.

Platform Co-Curator Andréa Picard mentioned: “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.”

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Sarah Gavron’s (Suffragette [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film profile
]
) third feature Rocks [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sarah Gavron
film profile
]
, a coming-of-age drama starring newcomer Bukky Bakray as a teenager who suddenly has to take care of herself and her younger brother, will open the section. Pietro Marcello’s (Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pietro Marcello ­
film profile
]
) much-anticipated sophomore fiction film Martin Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pietro Marcello
film profile
]
will close the section with its international premiere. The film adaptation of the eponymous Jack London novel follows a sailor, played by Luca Marinelli, who wants to become a writer.

Other highlights of the selection include the latest directorial endeavour by French American actress Julie Delpy, entitled My Zoe [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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, in which she plays a mother going through grief; Daniel Brühl and Richard Armitage co-star. Writer-director Alice Winocour (Disorder [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile
]
) brings her third feature, Proxima [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile
]
. The drama follows an astronaut and mother, played by Eva Green, who has to face an important decision; Lars Eidinger, Matt Dillon, and Sandra Hüller also star.

A three-person jury — comprised this year of the Berlinale’s artistic director Carlo Chatrian, film critic Jessica Kiang, and filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari — will pick the winner of the Toronto Platform Prize, an award of CAD$ 20,000 (€13.500).

The full list of films:

Platform

Rocks [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sarah Gavron
film profile
]
- Sarah Gavron (UK) (opening film)
Anne at 13,000 ft - Kazik Radwanski (Canada/USA)
The Moneychanger [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Federico Veiroj (Uruguay/Argentina/Germany)
My Zoe [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Julie Delpy (Germany/France)
Proxima [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile
]
- Alice Winocour (France/Germany)
The Sleepwalkers - Paula Hernández (Argentina/Uruguay)
Sound of Metal - Darius Marder (USA)
Wet Season - Anthony Chen (Singapore/Taiwan)
Workforce - David Zonana (Mexico)
Martin Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pietro Marcello
film profile
]
- Pietro Marcello (Italy/France) (closing film)

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