Pharrell concert, 'Transparent' premiere added to TIFF festivities

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TORONTO -- New seasons of "Transparent" and "Black Mirror" will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will also feature a concert from Pharrell Williams.
   
"Transparent" and "Black Mirror" are part of the festival's Primetime television program, now into its second year. The 2016 lineup has five TV premieres from around the world and will include Q-and-A sessions with show creators.
   
In the new season of "Transparent," Jeffrey Tambor's transgender character "seeks to become the woman she envisions." The festival will screen the first three episodes of season 3.
 
"Black Mirror," a dystopian anthology series, will screen two episodes of the third season, which explores techno-paranoia. Stars include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve.
   
Other shows in the program include the Kenyan procedural crime thriller "Tuko Macho." It's an interactive, fictional series in which viewers can vote on whether kidnapped criminal characters in Nairobi should live or die. At the festival, audiences will be able to vote on which cut of the subsequent episode will be shown.
   
The lineup also has the Czech Republic mystery miniseries "Wasteland," about a coal-mining village facing extinction and strange events.
   
The fifth series in Primetime is the previously announced Canadian production "nirvanna the band the show."
   
Meanwhile, Williams "and friends" will perform on Festival Street in Toronto for select TIFF members.
   
The concert will happen after an exclusive, TIFF members-only first look at footage from Theodore Melfi's new biographical drama "Hidden Figures," which co-stars Williams. The event on Sept. 10 will also include a Q-and-A with Williams as well as stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and the filmmakers.
   
The festival has also announced its industry events, with panellists including Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and Canadian actress Sandra Oh.
   
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 8 to 18.

 

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