By Renu Mehta, Toronto:
TIFF has unveiled the 10 features that comprise the Platform programme for 2022, TIFF’s competitive programme that champions bold directorial visions. From first-time feature directors to veterans, this year’s Platform lineup will offer a diverse range of talent and distinct directorial voices that are emerging around the globe.
Emily, the feature debut by Frances O’Connor, has been selected as the 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. “Now in year seven, it’s become a true home for international auteurs on the rise.”
Named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreaking second feature, Platform is curated by TIFF Chief Programming Officer Anita Lee; Director, Festival Programming Robyn Citizen; and Senior Manager, Festival Programming Ravi Srinivasan.
“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.
The 10 films in the programme are eligible for the Platform Prize, an award of $20,000 CAD given to the best film in the programme, selected by an in-person international jury. 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:
Charcoal (Carvão) Carolina Markowicz | Brazil, Argentina
Platform Opening Night Film.
Emily Frances O’Connor | UK
The Gravity (La Gravité) Cédric Ido | France
Hawa Maïmouna Doucouré | France
How to Blow Up a Pipeline Daniel Goldhaber | USA
Riceboy Sleeps Anthony Shim | Canada
Subtraction (Tafrigh) Mani Haghighi | Iran, France
Thunder (Foudre) Carmen Jaquier | Switzerland
Tora’s Husband Rima Das | India
Viking Stéphane Lafleur | Canada
For more information, see tiff.net.