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Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2016 Platform Lineup

An international lineup of films starring Mahershala Ali, Mathieu Amalric, Jacki Weaver — and Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy — are on the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 platform slate, in the second year of the festival’s juried programming focused on auteur cinema from all over the globe.

Portman plays the title character in “Jackie,” director Pablo Larrain’s look at Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate wake of her husband’s assassination. The film, which also stars Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Peter Sarsgaard, will play Toronto after its bow at the Venice Film Festival.

Titles are drawn from countries including Australia (“Goldstone,” Ivan Sen’s detective story featuring Weaver), the U.S. (Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” starring Ali in a three-part look at a young man’s life), Bhutan (“Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait,” Khyentse Norbu’s story of a jungle ritual), and France (“Daguerrotype,” the Kiyoshi Kurosawa romantic fantasy previously announced as a special presentation at TIFF). The 2016 lineup of Platform programming will open with “Nocturama,” Bertrand Bonello’s film about terrorists attacks in Paris and the manhunt that follows.

The Platform series will run Sept. 8-Sept. 15, with a prize for the best film in the lineup to be handed out at the Sept. 18 awards ceremony. The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

The full list of 2016 Platform titles follow:

Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium (world premiere)

Ivan Sen, Australia (international premiere)

Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants)
Katell Quillévéré, France/Belgium (North American premiere)

Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (he-mà he-mà)
Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan/Hong Kong (North American premiere)

Fien Troch, Belgium (North American premiere)

Pablo Larraín, United Kingdom (North American premiere)

Lady Macbeth
William Oldroyd, United Kingdom (world premiere)

Layla M.
Mijke de Jong, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan (world premiere)

Maliglutit (Searchers)
Zacharias Kunuk, Canada (world premiere)

Barry Jenkins, USA (international premiere)

Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany/Belgium (international premiere)

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves
(Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau)
Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, Canada (world premiere)


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