The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for this year’s Primetime program, a total of six TV series from around the world including the world premieres of HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher starring Kathryn Hahn, USA Network’s Briarpatch starring Rosario Dawson, and Facebook Watch’s Limetown based on the crime podcast and starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci.
Also in the mix are three international series with political themes: Australia’s Black Bitch, starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths at the Aussie prime minister; French drama Savages, about an Arabic candidate for the France presidency; and the Czech Republic’s The Sleepers which follows a woman (Táňa Pauhofová) and her political dissident husband after they flee 1977 communist Czechoslovakia. (See full lineup details below.)
Each screening in the Primetime sidebar will be followed by an onstage Q&A with members of the creative team, the festival said Thursday.
“Episodic television continues to push the cinematic envelope in terms of how stories are presented and consumed by audiences,” said Geoff Macnaughton, the sidebar’s lead programmer and Director of Industry. “I’m thrilled by the opportunity to spotlight some of the finest global storytellers working in the industry today. Each series embodies why audiences find the medium so compelling, while each screening will be an event that provides a unique opportunity to discover a new series with the creators who made it.”
Also on Thursday, the festival unveiled its annual list of international TIFF Rising Stars, a program that showcases burgeoning young actors who also have films in this year’s festival. The list of honorees, with their TIFF films: American Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves), Argentina’s Chino Darín (Heroic Losers), Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan (Bad Education, Hala) and Norway’s Josefine Frida (Disco).
The 44th annual Toronto Film Festival runs September 5–15.
Here’s the full Primetime lineup:
Black Bitch | Australia, 2 episodes
Creators: Darren Dale, Rachel Griffiths, Miranda Dear
Director: Rachel Perkins
Briarpatch | USA, 2 episodes
Creator: Andy Greenwald
Directors: Ana Lily Amirpour, Steven Piet
Limetown | USA, 2 episodes
Creators: Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Mrs. Fletcher | USA, 3 episodes
Creator: Tom Perrotta
Directors: Nicole Holofcener, Liesl Tommy
Savages (Les Sauvages) | France, 2 episodes
Creators: Rebecca Zlotowski, Sabri Louatah
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
The Sleepers (Bez vědomí) | Czech Republic, 2 episodes
Creators: Ivan Zachariáš, Ondrej Gabriel
Director: Ivan Zachariáš