Magazine article Screen International

'High-Rise' to Premiere in First Toronto Platform Competition

Magazine article Screen International

'High-Rise' to Premiere in First Toronto Platform Competition

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The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has unveiled the 12 titles that will comprise the inaugural line-up for Platform - the new juried programme that champions director-led cinema from around the world.

The competitive strand includes the world premiere of Ben Wheatley's highly-anticipated High-Rise, a dystopic depiction of a society that starts a class war in a high-rise apartment. The adaptation of JG Ballard's 1975 novel stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Also receiving its world premiere is Fabienne Berthaud's Sky, a France-Germany co-production that star Diane Kruger, The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and Girls star Lena Dunham.

Kruger plays Romy, a married woman on holiday in the US who storms out on her French husband (Gilles Lellouche) after an argument and wanders into the desert outside of Las Vegas.

Other world premieres include Eva Husson's teen sex drama Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story); David Verbeek's Full Contact, about a military man living with the guilt of accidentally drone bombing a school; Martin Zandvliet's Land of Mine, about German POWs forced to dig up landmines; He Ping's Chinese drama The Promised Land; and Joachim Lafosse's The White Knights, about the Zoé's Ark controversy when members of a French charity attempted to fly more than 100 children out of Chad to France.

A previously unreported documentary, also set to world premiere as part of the Platform strand, is HURT directed by Alan Zweig, who won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF in 2013 with doc When Jews Were Funny. …

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