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TIFF 2023 PLATFORM LINEUP: Nicolas Cage Comedy to Open Section; Barry Jenkins, Nadine Labaki, & Anthony Shim Set as Jurors

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the 2023 lineup for its Platform programme, featuring 10 films making their world premieres. These films were made in 12 countries across 3 continents.

The opening film in this category will be the Nicolas Cage-starrer Dream Scenario from A24 and writer-director Kristoffer Borgli (Sick of Myself). On top of that, the Platform jury will consist of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins serving as its chair, alongside Nadine Labecki and Anthony Shim. Both Jenkins and Shim have previously shown their work in this section, with Shim winning last year’s Platform prize for his coming-of-age story Riceboy Sleeps.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s extraordinary films in the Platform programme, and especially delighted to present Kristoffer Borgli’s latest film Dream Scenario, starring Nicolas Cage, as Platform’s opening film. This surrealist satire-comedy has sharp, timely observations about social media culture — especially ‘going viral’ — and its impact on the way that we interact with others in our day-to-day life. Cage delivers some of his finest work,” said Robyn Citizen, Director, Programming & Platform Lead, in an official statement. “This year’s diverse selection is distinguished by bold character studies and classic stories told through dynamic narrative and genre approaches. Audiences will witness the emergence of thematic threads like social exile and reconnection, woven in unexpectedly thrilling ways by an array of captivating local and international voices.”

Previous Platform selections include Frances O’Connor’s Emily (2022), Hany Abu-Assad’s Huda’s Salon (2021), Kamila Andini’s “Yuni” (2021), Darius Marder’s Oscar-winning Sound of Metal (2019), Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden (2019), Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell (2018), Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin (2017), Warwick Tornton’s Sweet Country (2017), Pablo Larraín’s Jackie (2016), Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016), William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth (2016), and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (2015).

The festival will take place from September 7-17.

Check out the full Platform lineup below:

Dear Jassi | Tarsem Singh Dhandwar | India
World Premiere

Platform Programme – Opening Night Film
Dream Scenario | Kristoffer Borgli | USA
World Premiere

Great Absence | Kei Chika-ura | Japan
World Premiere

I Told You So (Te l’avevo detto) | Ginevra Elkann | Italy
World Premiere

The King Tide | Christian Sparkes | Canada
World Premiere

Not A Word (Kein Wort) | Hanna Slak | Germany/Slovenia/France
World Premiere

The Rye Horn (O Corno) | Jaione Camborda | Spain/Belgium/Portugal
World Premiere

Sisterhood (HLM Pussy) | Nora El Hourch | France
World Premiere

Shame on Dry Land (Syndabocken) | Axel Petersén | Sweden
World Premiere

Spirit of Ecstasy (La Vénus d’argent) | Héléna Klotz | France
World Premiere

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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