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2017 TIFF: Platform Programme Lands World Preems From Clio Barnard, Lisa Langseth & Armando Iannucci

2017 TIFF: Platform Programme Lands World Preems From Clio Barnard, Lisa Langseth & Armando Iannucci

Now in its third “edition” and already proving to be an attractive sidebar within the larger film fest’s festivities, TIFF announced their dozen film title offerings competing in the Platform programme. Just this week we were wondering why key films from (The Conversation: Venice 2017 – Those Who Were not Named) from Clio Barnard, Lisa Langseth and Armando Iannucci hadn’t yet been announced in the initial TIFF waves and why they were passed over by the Venice Film Festival comp, and perhaps we can now confirm that TIFF has found a new way to gives competing fests such as Telluride and Venice a run for their money. Time will tell if last year’s section filled with the likes of Lady Macbeth, Jackie and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight will be an anomaly, but a film section with esteemed filmmaking peers comprised of Chen Kaige, Malgorzata Szumowska and Wim Wenders will have some highly touted items to judge. Here are the selected films:

Beast Michael Pearce, United Kingdom – World Premiere
Brad’s Status Mike White, USA – World Premiere
Custody Xavier Legrand, France – North American Premiere
Dark River Clio Barnard, United Kingdom – World Premiere (pic below)
The Death of Stalin Armando Iannucci, France/United Kingdom/Belgium – WP – Opening Film
Euphoria Lisa Langseth, Sweden/Germany – World Premiere (pic above)
If You Saw His Heart Joan Chemla, France – World Premiere
Mademoiselle Paradis Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany – World Premiere
Razzia Nabil Ayouch, France – World Premiere
The Seen and Unseen Kamila Andini, Indonesia – World Premiere
Sweet Country Warwick Thornton, Australia – North American Preem / Closing Film .
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) Iram Haq, Norway/Germany/Sweden – World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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