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Toronto Film Festival Announces Inaugural Platform Slate

“Kill List” helmer Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise,” the hotly anticipated adaptation of the 1975 J. G. Ballard novel starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, will receive its world premiere in Platform, the Toronto International Film Festival’s new juried program, which unveiled its 12-pic slate on Thursday.

The program, which spotlights cinema from international directors, will also screen the world premiere of Fabienne Berthaud’s “Sky,” in which a vacationing woman (Diane Kruger) ditches her husband and embarks on a solo journey in the American west. Pic also stars Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Lena Dunham, Gilles Lellouche and Q’orianka Kilcher.

Other world premieres include: Alan Zweig’s “HURT” (one-legged cancer survivor Steve Fonyo raised $13 million on a 1985 cross-Canada run before his life went seriously downhill); Eve Husson’s coming-of-ager “Bang Gang” (a teenager initiates a group game that pushes the limits of players’ sexuality); David Verbeek’s “Full Contact” (a man must rediscover his humanity after accidentally bombing a school via a drone plane); Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine” (in post-WWII Denmark, young German POWs are forced to dig up land mines); He Ping’s “The Promised Land” (a woman returns to her small hometown after losing her fiance in Beijing); and Joachim Lafosse’s “The White Knights” (based on the 2007 Zoe’s Ark child-abduction controversy).

Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” Diasteme’s “French Blood,” Sue Brooks’ “Looking for Grace” and Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull” round out the lineup.

Each Platform title will receive its first Toronto screening for public, press and industry at the Elgin Theatre. The program runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17; the CAN$25,000 prize for the best film will be announced on Sept. 20.

The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 20.

The full list of Platform titles:

“Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story),” dir. Eva Husson, France (world premiere)
“The Clan,” dir. Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain (North American premiere)
“French Blood,” dir. Diasteme, France (international premiere)
“Full Contact,” dir. David Verbeek, Netherlands/Croatia (world premiere)
High-Rise,” dir. Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom (world premiere)
“HURT,” dir. Alan Zweig, Canada (world premiere)
“Land of Mine,” Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany (world premiere)
“Looking for Grace,” dir. Sue Brooks, Australia (North American premiere)
“Neon Bull,” Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands (North American premiere)
“The Promised Land,” He Ping, China (world premiere)
Sky,” dir. Fabienne Berthaud, France/Germany (world premiere)
“The White Knights,” Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium (world premiere)

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