Toronto International Film Festival calls Gaga: Five Foot Two 'rare snapshot' of 'musician, activist, experimenter, icon'
Netflix has announced release plans for one of the year's most highly-anticipated music documentaries.
Gaga: Five Foot Two -- a cinema vérité-style examination of the personal struggles and creative process of Lady Gaga -- will hit the streaming service on September 22, just two weeks after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film directed by Chris Moukarbel will also get a limited theatrical release in L.A. and New York starting on September 22.
Gaga 5'2" is the closest, most intimate look yet inside the world of Stefani Joanne Germanotta.
Lady Gaga is set to perform at TIFF immediately following the world premiere of the documentary on Friday, September 8.
Among other things, the film shows Gaga being hoisted to the roof of the NRG stadium in Houston as part of her halftime show at the 2017 Super Bowl, and expressing anguish as she deals with loneliness in the midst of worldwide fame.
"I'm alone... every night," she tearfully tells a friend. "I go from everyone touching me all day and talking at me all day to total silence."
"Moukarbel’s compelling portrait captures Lady Gaga’s life over a eight-month period. On top of professional triumphs, viewers will see her cope with intense emotional and physical pain," Netflix said of the film. "Other moments reflect more ordinary aspects of her life, whether it’s attending a family christening, visiting her grandmother or cooking and playing with her dogs at home."
"Gaga 5'2" is the closest, most intimate look yet inside the world of Stefani Joanne Germanotta," TIFF programmers wrote. "Director Chris Moukarbel follows the artist as she recovers from the mixed reviews that greeted her Artpop album and faces deadlines to deliver its 2016 follow-up, Joanne. Having just turned 30, she is in a reflective mood, looking back on her dazzling flurry of work and image shifts, and trying to find a new definition for herself."
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.