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TIFF Announces Nicolas Cage Vehicle ‘Dream Scenario’ to Open Festival’s Platform Program

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival revealed the ten world premieres for its Platform Program. Opening that section will be Dream Scenario, starring Nicolas Cage. In addition, the jury members will consist of Barry Jenkins, Nadine Labaki, and Anthony Shin. More below from TIFF.

Here is the press release:

TIFF today unveiled the 10 World Premiere features that comprise the Platform programme for2023, along with the 2023 Platform jury members: Academy Award–winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins serves as jury chair, joined by Cannes Jury Prize–winning director, writer, and actor Nadine Labaki, and 2022 Platform Prize–winning filmmaker Anthony Shim.

Since its introduction in 2015, Platform has celebrated and showcased films with unique directorial perspectives. The 10 films in the 2023 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.

“I am delighted to announce that we have an international dream jury with acclaimed filmmakers Barry Jenkins, Nadine Labaki, and Anthony Shim as jury members for the Platform programme at TIFF,” said Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “Together, they represent the bold and independent spirit of the Platform Prize.”

Platform is TIFF’s competitive programme that champions bold directorial visions. The films selected for this year’s programme hail from 12 countries across three continents, all of which will be making their WorldPremiere at TIFF.

“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. “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.”

Notable previous Platform selections include 2022 winner Riceboy Sleeps from Canadian director Anthony Shim, 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).

2023 Platform Programme

2023 Platform Programme

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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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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