TIFF lineup of Platform f ilms
Films scheduled for the original voices section include a new Mike White project.
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.