Toronto: Lady Gaga to Perform as Netflix Doc 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Bows
The pop star will help kick off TIFF after her Joanne world tour has a two-night stand in the Canadian city.
Lady Gaga will perform at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival on the first Friday night as the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two has a world premiere.
The pop icon's post-screening performance on Sept. 8 will follow Gaga's Joanne world tour having a two-night stand at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Sept. 6 to 7, just as TIFF gets under way. Gaga's latest concert tour kicked off in Vancouver on August. 1.
Gaga: Five Foot Two, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel, offers behind-the-scenes access as Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Germanotta, meets with close friends and family, records and releases her 2016 album, Joanne, and deals with personal struggles. The documentary is produced by Heather Parry for Live Nation Productions, and CAA brokered its sale to Netflix.
The video streaming giant will launch Gaga: Five Foot Two simultaneously in 190 countries on Sept. 22, after its Toronto debut. Following the announcement about the doc, Gaga posted a number of clips to her Instagram page, with images making up a larger poster for the film. Watch the clips below.
TIFF organizers also announced Thursday that the festival would offer a first look at footage for Chinese director Chen Kaige's Legend of the Demon Cat, set during the Tang Dynasty. Kaige, best known for his Palme d'Or winner Farewell My Concubine, will be in Toronto as part of the jury for the competitive Platform Prize sidebar.
Toronto will also see Quantico star Priyanka Chopra introduce the world premiere of Paakhi Tyrewala's debut feature, Pahuna: The Little Visitors, about three Nepalese children separated from their parents and their harrowing voyage back home.
The festival will give world premieres to Brandon and Skyler Gross' short documentary On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi, about two 95-year-old Holocaust survivors, and a new restoration of Shi Dongshan's Struggling, a wartime survival drama, complete with live piano accompaniment.