Today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced ten new world premiere feature films in its Platform program for the 2023 edition. They also announced the 2023 Platform jury members led by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight“) serving as the jury chair. He will be joined by filmmakers Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum“) and Anthony Shim (“Riceboy Sleeps”).
Each film in the Platform section competes for the Platform Prize, an award of $20,000 CAD given to the best film in the program selected by the jury. “I am delighted to announce that we have an international dream jury with acclaimed filmmakers Barry Jenkins, Nadine Labaki, and Anthony Shim as jury members for the Platform program at TIFF,” said Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF, in an official statement. “Together, they represent the bold and independent spirit of the Platform Prize.”
The lineup for this year’s Platform Section is…
“Dream Scenario” – Kristoffer Borgli | USA World Premiere – Opening Night Film
“Dear Jassi” – Tarsem Singh Dhandwar | India World Premiere
“Great Absence” – Kei Chika-ura | Japan World Premiere
“I Told You So (Te l’avevo detto)” – Ginevra Elkann | Italy World Premiere
“The King Tide” – Christian Sparkes | Canada World Premiere
“Not A Word (Kein Wort)” – Hanna Slak | Germany/Slovenia/France World Premiere
“The Rye Horn (O Corno)” – Jaione Camborda | Spain/Belgium/Portugal World Premiere
“Shame on Dry Land (Syndabocken)” – Axel Petersén | Sweden World Premiere
“Sisterhood (HLM Pussy)” – Nora El Hourch | France World Premiere
“Spirit of Ecstasy (La Vénus d’argent)” – Héléna Klotz | France World Premiere
“We are thrilled to present this year’s extraordinary films in the Platform program, and especially delighted to present Kristoffer Borgli’s latest film ‘Dream Scenario,’ starring Nicolas Cage, as Platform’s opening film. This surrealist satire-comedy has sharp, timely observations about social media culture — especially ‘going viral’ — and its impact on the way that we interact with others in our day-to-day life. Cage delivers some of his finest work,” said Robyn Citizen, Director, Programming & Platform Lead, in an official statement. “This year’s diverse selection is distinguished by bold character studies and classic stories told through dynamic narrative and genre approaches. Audiences will witness the emergence of thematic threads like social exile and reconnection, woven in unexpectedly thrilling ways by an array of captivating local and international voices.”
Previous Platform selections include the 2022 winner “Riceboy Sleeps” from Anthony Shim, Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal” (2019), Alice Winocour’s “Proxima” (2019), Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” (2017), Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” (2016), Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” (2016), William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” (2016), and Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” (2015).
The Special Presentations & Gala lineup for TIFF 2023 can be read here along with the Documentary lineup here. More titles for TIFF 2023 will be announced later this week including the Wavelengths and Midnight Madness sections. The 2023 Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 7th – 17th, 2023.
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