19 Juni 2024

Nicolas Cage Is Unrecognizable in Dream Scenario Image, A24 Comedy Will Debut at TIFF 2023

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  • Toronto International Film Festival announces ten films in its Platform program.
  • Dream Scenario, a comedy produced by Ari Aster and starring Nicolas Cage, will open the festival.
  • The Platform program selection offers a diverse lineup of bold character studies and genre approaches.

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival announced ten films up for competition via its Platform program. Coming courtesy of Deadline, The TIFF Platform program features international filmmakers from 12 countries making their global debut. The films presented will be eligible to win the Platform Prize and $20,0000CA, decided by the jury, and the Nicolas Cage led, Ari Aster produced A24 comedy Dream Scenario will be the opening film.

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“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 program at TIFF. Together, they represent the bold and independent spirit of the Platform Prize,” stated the Chief Programming Officer, Anita Lee. Thus, this year’s Platform jury committee consists of Moonlight director Barry Jenkins as chair, Capernaum director Nadine Labaki, and last year’s Platform winner for Riceboy Sleeps, Anthony Shim. Previous winners include Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal (2019), Sarah Gavron’s Rocks (2019), Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin (2017), Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, and Jenkin’s Moonlight (2016).

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The ten films in the 2023 TIFF Platform program selection are: Dream Scenario (Kristoffer Borgli, USA), Great Absence (Kei Chika-ura, Japan), I Told You So (Ginevra Elkann, Italy), The King Tide (Christian Sparkes, Canada), Not A Word (Hanna Slak, Germany/Slovenia/France), The Rye Horn (Jaione Camborda, Spain/Belgium/Portugal), Sisterhood (Nora El Hourch, France), Dear Jassi (Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, India), Shame on Dry Land (Axel Petersén, Sweden), and Spirit of Ecstasy (Héléna Klotz, France).

“This year’s diverse selection is distinguished by bold character studies and classic stories told through dynamic narrative and genre approaches,” TIFF Programming & Platform Lead and Director Robyn Citizen said, praising the diverse line-up. “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.”

Nicolas Cage’s New Film Will Play Opening Night

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Dream Scenario, directed by Kristoffer Borgli and produced by Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen, will be featured on the festival’s opening night. The film stars Nicolas Cage, who plays a college professor who becomes an overnight sensation after magically appearing in everyone’s dreams. Michael Cera, Noah Centineo, Lily Gao, Julianne Nicholson, Dylan Gelula, and Tim Meadows are also cast in the A24 distributed film. Alongside the recent announcement, a new image of an unrecognizably balding and miserable looking Cage has also been released, which you can check out below.

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“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 Citizen.

Despite the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland stated that independent filmmakers and actors could promote together at festivals “if they can qualify for an interim agreement.”

The TIFF Platform program starts September 7th and continues until the 17th.