The Toronto Film Festival unveiled today the dozen features that will participate in its inaugural Platform competition. Among the selection is Brit director Ben Wheatley’s eagerly-anticipated High-Rise. The J.G. Ballard adaptation has been high on domestic buyers’ lists for some time. The picture, set in a dystopian tower block that comes to resemble the breakdown in society, stars Tom Hiddlestone, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. London-based sales and financing powerhouse Hanway Films is handling sales.
Also in the lineup is Diane Kruger-starrer Sky, about a married woman who storms out into the Las Vegas desert after a bust-up with her husband (Gilles Lelouche), and Pablo Trapero’s The Clan, about the real-life Argentinean Puccio Clan who kidnapped and killed people in the 1980s. Argentina’s K & S Films and Trapero’s Matanza Cine are producing the latter with Spain’s El Deseo, Fox International Productions and Argentine broadcaster Telefe produce. 20th Century Fox distributes in Latin America. Guillermo Francella plays the patrician Arquimedes Puccio.
Filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland will make up its inaugural Platform jury. The new section will champion directors’ cinema from around the world, with the winning film receiving a $25,000 prize at the September 20 awards ceremony. The competition is inspired by Jia’s own 2000 film Platform, with a focus on works of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision.
Here’s the full list of films:
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) – directed by Eva Husson
The Clan– directed by Pablo Trapero
French Blood– directed by Diastème
Full Contact– directed by David Verbeek
High-Rise– directed by Ben Wheatley
Hurt– directed byAlan Zweig
Land of Mine– directed by Martin Zandvliet
Looking for Grace– directed by Sue Brooks
Neon Bull– directed by Gabriel Mascaro
The Promised Land– directed by He Ping
Sky– directed by Fabienne Berthaud
The White Knights– directed by Joachim Lafosse