It seems that the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival can’t stop announcing amazing additions to their program — which is already incredibly robust to begin with.
TIFF announced today that 20th Century Fox will present exclusive footage of the Theodore Melfi-directed HIDDEN FIGURES about the untold story of the brilliant black women who worked at NASA and served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This will be followed by a Q&A with stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Melfi, and Pharrell Williams, who wrote music for the film and serves as a producer.
“Toronto audiences will be the first to hear Pharrell’s new music for Hidden Figures, and they’ll see it performed live on Festival Street,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival in a statement. “This film brings together an incredible array of talent. We’re beyond happy to be giving audiences a taste of it.”
“I am so honoured for the world to first see a part of Hidden Figures at TIFF where I was lucky enough to premiere my first ever feature, St. Vincent,” said Melfi. “TIFF has a very special place in my heart. Pharrell’s musical genius acumen takes the film to a different level.”
TIFF will also present their Primetime program, a television section of the fest which focuses on storytelling on the small screen. Now in its second year, the TIFF is excited to present five TV premieres which includes the buzzworthy Netflix anthology series Black Mirror and Jill Soloway’s critically acclaimed Transparent starring Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Jeffrey Tambor. See the full lineup below.
Created by Charlie Brooker, United Kingdom/South Africa (World Premiere)
directed by Owen Harris and Joe Wright
Charlie Brooker’s anthology series continues to tap into the collective unease within the modern world, each stand-alone episode a sharp and suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of people’s lives; in every home, on every desk, in every palm there is a plasma screen, a monitor, a smartphone — a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Alice Eve.
The Festival presents two Black Mirror episodes: San Junipero and Nosedive.
Created by Jill Soloway, USA (World Premiere)
Directed by Jill Soloway and Silas Howard
The new season of Transparent sees its nuclear family splinter into disparate journeys on their continued path of self-discovery. After a jarring reality check, Maura, having found romantic partnership with Vicki and acceptance from her family, seeks to become the woman she envisions. Shelly relishes in her newfound love with Buzzy and finally discovers her voice. Meanwhile, Sarah and Ali embark on two different approaches to connecting to their spirituality; and Josh finds himself disengaged from work and love. Starring Anjelica Huston, Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Cherry Jones, Rob Hubel, Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette, Alexandra Grey, and Kathryn Hahn.
The Festival presents Transparent season 3, episodes 1, 2 and 3.
Created and directed by Jim Chuchu, Kenya
This procedural crime thriller follows the kidnappings carried out by the titular terrorist cell, Tuko Macho. Run by a ruthless vigilante named Biko, the organization snatches up criminals from the streets of Nairobi and puts them on trial before the world’s most powerful public court — the internet, whose anonymous viewership decides whether the offender should live or die. In a truly interactive episodic experience, each week the viewing public votes alongside the fictional internet audience to determine each criminal’s fate in the next episode. Starring Tim King’oo, Njambi Koikai, and Ibrahim Muchemi. Festival audiences will be invited to participate in a live, in-cinema vote that chooses which cut of the subsequent episode will be shown.
The Festival presents two episodes of Tuko Macho.
Created by Štěpán Hulík, Czech Republic, World Premiere
Directed by Ivan Zachariáš and Alice Nellis
This thrilling mystery miniseries tells the story of a coal-mining village on the verge of extinction, where companies threaten to displace the population by offering large sums in exchange for land. At the centre of it all is an ambitious mayor, Hana Sikorova, who seeks to hold true to the community’s way of life. But it isn’t long before strange events start occurring and Hana’s daughter goes missing. The town embarks on a search, but they’ll find something other than what they’re looking for: long-buried truths tucked away in the deepest, darkest parts of the woods. Stars Zuzana Stivínová, Jaroslav Dušek, Eliška Krenková, Leoš Noha, Jan Cina, Štěpán Benoni, Petra Špalková, Eva Holubová, Oskar Hes, and Miroslav Vladyka.
The Festival presents all eight episodes of the miniseries Wasteland.
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Created by Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, Canada
Matt Johnson (The Dirties, Operation Avalanche) directs this television adaptation of his cult-hit web series about a hapless two-piece Toronto band who will do anything to play a show at their favourite club, the Rivoli — apart from actually writing and rehearsing any actual songs.
The Festival presents three episodes from season 1 of nirvanna the band the show.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer