A dozen titles were unveiled on Wednesday for the festival’s only juried competition, with its focus on movies championing “risk-taking.” The platform section, now in its fourth year, was the launching pad for best picture Oscar winner “Moonlight,” “Jackie,” and “The Death of Stalin.”
“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling. “We are thrilled to present a slate that perfectly embodies the essence of the program with so many risk-taking, challenging, and, at times, formally inventive titles that are the result of audacious directors making bold choices.”
“Destroyer” is directed by Karyn Kusama. Annapurna will handle the U.S. release, but has not yet dated the launch.
Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” stars Moss in a story of musical destruction and redemption. The cast includes Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, Amber Heard, Virginia Madsen, Dan Stevens, and Eric Stoltz. “Her Smell” does not yet have distribution.
Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” starring Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo in a portrayal of poverty, will open the section. The closing title is the French film “Jessica Forever,” directed by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, about a group of troubled teenagers and a woman who tries to help them.
Also selected are Markus Schleinzer’s “Angelo,” Ho Wi Ding’s “Cities of Last Things,” Alejandra Márquez Abella’s “The Good Girls,” Simon Jaquemet’s “The Innocent,” Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquiéres,” Carol Morley’s “Out of Blue,” Emir Baigazin’s “The River,” and Benjamin Naishtat’s “Rojo.”
The lineup includes four features directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. Ten of the 12 will be world premieres.