Satire ‘Hijacks’ Planet Africa

Pic opens Toronto Intl. Film Festival's showcase

TORONTO — Oliver Schmitz’s “Hijack Stories,” a South African satire of the undercover action thriller genre, will make its world premiere as the opener of Planet Africa, Toronto Intl. Film Festival’s showcase of films from Africa and the African diaspora.

Unveiled on Tuesday by programmers Gaylene Gould and June Givanni, this year’s Planet Africa program includes 12 features and seven shorts selected from 17 countries, including Chad, Haiti, France and the U.S.

“Battu,” a French-U.K. co-production from Cheick Oumar Sissoko, also will have its world premiere in the section. The comedy of politics and superstition in modern African city life stars Isaach de Bankole and Danny Glover.

The program also includes several North American premieres. They include Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba,” a French-Belgian-Haitian-German co-production. Drama concerns the rise, short rule and brutal death of Democratic Republic of the Congo nationalist leader Patrice Lumumba. “One Week,” the debut film from American Carl Seaton, concerns a life thrown into turmoil when a young man learns that a previous sexual partner has been diagnosed with HIV.

The 25th annual Toronto Intl. Film Festival will run Sept. 7-16.