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Netflix Acquires TIFF Midnight Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Platform’

Toronto Film Festival 2019: Film centers on a citizen of a not-too distant dystopia

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights, minus select Asian territories, to the Spanish-language sci-fi thriller “The Platform (El Hoyo),” which premiered in the coveted Friday night slot of the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The film centers on a citizen of a not-too-distant dystopia who voluntarily incarcerates himself with the promise of increased social mobility upon release, but becomes so radicalized by his captivity that he will risk everything to ride a devilish dumbwaiter on a one-way ticket to protect a panna cotta.

Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia from a screenplay by David Desola and Pedro Rivera, the hot festival buzz title starsIván Massagué (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Antonia San Juan (“All About My Mother”), along with Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale and Alexandra Masangkay.

“The Platform” was produced by Carlos Juárez and co-producers David Matamoros and M. a. Angeles Hernández in association with Basque Films, Mr. Miyagi Films, and Plataforma la película AIE. Raquel Perea and Carlos Juárez served as executive producers.

The deal was brokered by Latido Films, Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films, and CAA Media Finance of behalf of the filmmakers. Latido Films is handling international rights. Gaztelu-Urrutia is represented by CAA and managed by Peter Van Steemburg of XYZ.