Toronto Film Festival 2016: Natalie Portman's Jackie biopic, Naomi Harris' Moonlight join lineup
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival’s lineup just keeps growing.
The Canadian event announced Thursday morning the addition of high-profile titles like Pablo Larrain’s Natalie Portman-starring Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, Jackie, and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight as part of its returning Platform section.
Larrain’s film features Portman as the former first lady who “fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy” after the murder of John F. Kennedy. Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt costar.
Moonlight, which distributor A24 has set for an awards-friendly Oct. 21 release date, stars Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, and musician Janelle Monáe in a tale of a young Miami boy who comes of age amid the turbulent War on Drugs.
Other notable titles screening in the section include William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth, Fien Troch’s Home, Ivan Sen’s Goldstone, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire), which was previously announced as a Special Presentation, but will now screen as a Platform title.
Introduced last year, the juried Platform program features 12 “visionary and artistically bold” productions which champion “director’s cinema from around the world.” Films from Canada, Bhutan, Australia, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States appear among this year’s crop.
Platform competition will open on Sept. 8 with a screening of Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, while the program concludes on Sept. 15, three days ahead of the festival’s end. The winning film will be awarded the Toronto Platform Prize of $25,000 CAD at a ceremony to be held on Sept. 18.
“A multicultural epicentre, Toronto is one of the most diverse and inclusive cities in the world, and it is the perfect home for Platform to live and grow as a world-class programme,” Piers Handling, TIFF CEO, said of the 2016 Platform selections. “The lineup this year aims to shine the spotlight on fearless, artistic films that will inspire a global dialogue around issues that affect us all, and we are thrilled to honour the next generation of filmmakers who are capturing the evolving discourse with their transformative visions.”
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 8-18. Check out the full list of titles screening as part of the Platform program, below.
Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire), Kiyoshi Kurosawa – France/Japan/Belgium (World Premiere)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first film outside Japan with this French-language ghost romance fantasy, about an aging photographer whose obsession with an archaic technique draws his young assistant and beautiful daughter into a dark and mysterious world. Starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet, and Mathieu Amalric.
Goldstone, Ivan Sen – Australia (International Premiere)
Indigenous detective Jay Swan arrives in the Australian outback town of Goldstone investigating a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple light duties case opens into a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his personal differences with young local cop Josh, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Pei Pei Cheng, David Gulpilil, David Wenham, and Jacki Weaver.
Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants), Katell Quillévéré – France/Belgium (North American Premiere)
It all starts at daybreak, three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely dependent upon life-support in a hospital in Le Havre, France, Simon’s existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life. Starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni, Karim Leklou, Alice de Lencquesaing, Finnegan Oldfield, Théo Cholbi, Gabin Verdet, and Dominique Blanc.
Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (he-mà he-mà), Khyentse Norbu – Bhutan/Hong Kong (North American Premiere)
The new film from Bhutanese lama and filmmaker Khyentse Norbu chronicles a sacred jungle ritual where masked, anonymous participants seek complete self-knowledge — or descend into thievery, violation, and murder. Starring Tshering Dorji, Sadon Lhamo, Thinley Dorji, and Xun Zhou.
Home, Fien Troch – Belgium (North American Premiere)
Home portrays the struggle between two generations: teenagers who explore a thin line between trust, friendship, and loyalty, and adults who seem alienated from their past younger selves. Both find it difficult to communicate and understand each other’s closed-off world. The clash can be more brutal than expected. Starring Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Batog, Lena Suijkerbuijk, Karlijn Sileghem, Els Deceukelier, Robby Cleiren, Yavuz Saçikara, and Els Dottermans.
Jackie, Pablo Larraín – United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
After US President John F. Kennedy is murdered, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt.
Lady Macbeth, William Oldroyd – United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, and Christopher Fairbank.
Layla M.,Mijke de Jon – Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan (World Premiere)
Eighteen year-old Layla, a Dutch girl with Moroccan roots, joins a group of radical Muslims. She encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initially, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice. Starring Nora El Koussour and Ilias Addab.
Maliglutit (Searchers), Zacharias Kunuk – Canada (World Premiere)
Nunavut, Canada circa 1913. Kuanana returns from a caribou hunt to discover his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the rest of his family slaughtered. His father’s spirit helper, the loon Kallulik, sets him on course to overturn fate and reunite his family.
Starring Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu, and Jonah Qunaq.
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins – USA (International Premiere)
Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Anchored by the singular vision of filmmaker Barry Jenkins, Moonlight is an exploration of male masculinity — a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the people who shape us most, and the ache of love that can last a lifetime. Starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Alex Hibbert, and Jaden Piner.
Nocturama, Bertrand Bonello – France/Germany/Belgium (International Premiere)
Bertrand Bonello directs this provocative account of a group of young, multiracial radicals whose terrorist attacks on Paris lead to a massive manhunt. Starring Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil Mc Craven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Doré, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheuz, and Adèle Haenel.
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves Mathieu, Denis and Simon Lavoie – Canada (World Premiere)
Klas Batalo, Giutizia, Tumulto, and Ordine Nuovo, four twenty-somethings from Québec, reject the world in which they live. Three years after the collapse of the Maple Spring protest movement, they resort to a form of vandalism that gradually leads them closer to terrorism. But their revolutionary avant-garde is far from society’s prevailing aspirations and threatens to blow up in their faces. Starring Charlotte Aubin, Laurent Bélanger, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, and Gabrielle Tremblay.