Toronto Film Festival Books Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss Films for Platform Section

The section is devoted to challenging films and will include new work from directors Alex Ross Perry, Karyn Kusama, Tim Sutton and Carol Morley

"Donnybrook" / Courtesy of TIFF

The Platform section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will include adventurous films starring Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Frank Grillo and Patricia Clarkson, TIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.

Films in the section will include Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell,” with Moss and Amber Heard; Carol Morley’s Martin Amis adaptation “Out of Blue,” with Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones; and Emmanuel Mouret’s period piece “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” starring Cecile de France.

Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” which stars Frank Grillo and James Badge Dale in the story of a down-on-his-luck veteran who gets involved in brutal bare-knuckle boxing, will serve as the opening-night film for Platform, while Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s “Jessica Forever,” a directorial debut, will close it.

All of the films except Emir Baigazin’s “The River” and Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” a crime thriller starring Nicole Kidman, are world premieres.

Four of the 12 films are directed or co-directed by women.

Platform is a four-year-old section of the festival devoted to a dozen films “with high artistic merit and a bold directorial vision,” according to a TIFF release. Barry Jenkins’ Oscar Best Picture winner “Moonlight” played in the section in 2016, while Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie” and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” appeared in Platform lineups in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Platform is also a competitive section of the festival, with a three-person jury awarding a prize of $25,000 Canadian to the director of the winning film.

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept. 6 through Sept. 16. Additional bookings will be announced throughout most of August.

The Platform lineup:

“Angelo,” Markus Schleinzer | Austria/Luxembourg
“Cities of Last Things,” Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan/China/USA/France
“Destroyer,” Karyn Kusama | USA
“Donnybrook,” Tim Sutton | USA
“The Good Girls,” (Las niñas bien) Alejandra Márquez Abella | Mexico
“Her Smell,” Alex Ross Perry | USA
“The Innocent,” Simon Jaquemet | Switzerland/Germany x
“Jessica Forever,” Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel | France
“Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” Emmanuel Mouret | France
“Out of Blue,” Carol Morley | UK
“The River,” Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway
“Rojo,” Benjamín Naishtat | Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany