Films from Argentina, Mexico, and Uruguay to Compete for TIFF's Platform Prize


Three Latin American films will be having their world premiere in the fifth edition of Platform, the Toronto International Film Festival’s only juried section, that champions risk-taking, with a lineup of up to ten works with high artistic merit and a bold directorial vision. The three selected Latin American productions are the Argentine film The Sleepwalkers / Los sonámbulos by Paula Hernández, the Mexican film Workforce / Mano de obra by David Zonana, and the Uruguayan film The Moneychanger / Así habló el cambista by Federico Veiroj.

Tracking the tandem voyages of a mother and daughter into fraught emotional terrain, the latest from Argentine director Hernández (Rain) examines the ways desire and expectation clash when familial pressures push women to their limits.

In the electric debut feature from Zonana, a construction worker in Mexico City falls to his death tragically—and suspiciously—while on the job, prompting his brother and widow to seek justice on their own terms.

Leading auteur Veiroj (Belmonte) takes us to 1970s Uruguay in this swift, deadpan, confident film about a man (Daniel Hendler) who throws himself into the world of buying and selling currency, and becomes increasingly compulsive along the way.

The three films will be competing for the Toronto Platform Prize, with a cash award of $25,000 CAD. The 44th edition of the Toronto Film Festival will take place September 5 - 15 in Canada.