TIFF lineup of Plat­form f ilms

Films sched­uled for the orig­i­nal voices sec­tion in­clude a new Mike White project.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Mark Olsen mark.olsen@la­times.com Twitter: @IndieFo­cus

The Toronto fes­ti­val will in­clude projects by Mike White, Bar­bara Al­bert and Ar­mando Ian­nucci.

The Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val announced Thurs­day the lineup for this year’s Plat­form sec­tion. Now in its third year, the juried com­pe­ti­tion show­cases orig­i­nal voices in con­tem­po­rary cin­ema.

The selection will in­clude the world premiere of “Brad’s Sta­tus,” writ­ten and di­rected by Mike White and star­ring Ben Stiller.

This year’s pro­gram will open with “The Death of Stalin,” di­rected and cowrit­ten by Ar­mando Ian­nucci. With a cast that in­cludes Ja­son Isaacs, Ru­pert Friend, Michael Palin and An­drea Rise­bor­ough, the movie is the first from Ian­nucci since 2009’s “In the Loop” and the cre­ation of the TV se­ries “Veep.”

The sec­tion will close with Aus­tralian film­maker War­wick Thorn­ton’s pe­riod western “Sweet Coun­try,” star­ring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. The film was pre­vi­ously announced as part of the main com­pe­ti­tion at the up­com­ing Venice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Other no­table films in­clude new works from Aus­tria’s Bar­bara Al­bert and Eng­land’s Clio Barnard.

The films “em­body our bold vi­sion for the pro­gram, and our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to show­case artis­tic and in­ven­tive di­rec­tors that fear­lessly push boundaries,” said Piers Han­dling, di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of TIFF, in a state­ment. “The 12 ti­tles ex­em­plify brav­ery, dy­namism and a unique voice in sto­ry­telling.”

“Plat­form,” Cameron Bai­ley, TIFF’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment, “is the place to look for the dis­tinct stamp of to­day’s most in­ter­est­ing di­rec­tors as they es­tab­lish their rep­u­ta­tions.”

The jury for this year’s Plat­form sec­tion will be Chi­nese film­maker Chen Kaige, Pol­ish film­maker Mal­go­rzata Szu­mowska and Ger­man film­maker Wim Wen­ders.

The 2017 Toronto fes­ti­val is set for Sept. 7-17.

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