Toronto/CMEDIA: 10 features that comprise the Platform programme — TIFF’s competitive programme that champions bold directorial visions — for 2022 were unveiled by TIFF Aug 3 showcasing from first-time feature directors to veterans offering a diverse range of talent and distinct directorial voices that are emerging around the globe. It is a year rich in perspectives, genres, and exceptional performances by newcomers, as well as established actors.
Emily, the feature debut by Frances O’Connor, would reportedly be programme’s opening film, and — like all 10 films in the programme — is a World Premiere. This year’s selection also includes two Canadian titles: Riceboy Sleeps and Viking.
“We launched Platform to shine a brighter light on some of the most original films and distinct voices at our Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO in a new release. “Now in year seven, it’s become a true home for international auteurs on the rise.”
Curated by TIFF Chief Programming Officer Anita Lee; Director, Festival Programming Robyn Citizen; and Senior Manager, Festival Programming Ravi Srinivasan, Platform is named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreaking second feature.
“Eclectic in vision, this year’s selection not only represents all World Premieres of exciting, on-the-rise voices from around the world, but it also reflects the very timely and unique perspectives of racialized filmmakers from diasporic communities broadening the canvas,” said Lee.
Of the 10 films in the programme eligible for the Platform Prize, best film in the programme, selected by an in-person international jury would be awarded $20,000 CAD. This year’s Platform Prize jury will be announced later this summer. Previous jury members include: Claire Denis, Béla Tarr, Brian De Palma, Mira Nair, Riz Ahmed, and Jia Zhang-ke.
Previous Platform selections include Hany Abu-Assad’s Huda’s Salon (2021), Kamila Andini’s Yuni (2021), Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal (2019), Alice Winocour’s Proxima (2019), Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft. (2019), Sarah Gavron’s Rocks (2019), Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin (2017), Pablo Larraín’s Jackie (2016), Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016), William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth (2016) and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (2015).
Platform’s full 2022 lineup:
Carolina Markowicz | Brazil, Argentina
PLATFORM OPENING NIGHT FILM
Frances O’Connor | UK
The Gravity (La Gravité)
Cédric Ido | France
Maïmouna Doucouré | France
How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Daniel Goldhaber | USA
Anthony Shim | Canada
Mani Haghighi | Iran, France
Carmen Jaquier | Switzerland
Rima Das | India
Stéphane Lafleur | Canada
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)