Women Talking follows a tight-knit, cloistered religious colony in which women struggle to recover from a wave of abuse. Polley’s first film in a decade features riveting, emotionally nuanced performances from a stunning ensemble that includes Oscar nominees Rooney Mara and Jessie Buckley, as well as Oscar winner Frances McDormand. Women Talking is a drama of harrowing revelations, fraught alliances, and the search for grace. The film also stars Claire Foy, Judith Ivey, and Ben Whishaw.
Hot on the heels of its international premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, Women Talking, from MGM’s Orion Pictures and distributed by Universal Canada, was also a runner-up for TIFF’s People’s Choice Award.
In addition, TIFF Cinematheque is presenting Sarah Polley and Other Stories, from December 3–17, a director spotlight showcasing all three of Polley’s earlier features, in addition to three films of her own selection.
Films featured in Sarah Polley and Other Stories showcaseAway from Her, dir. Sarah Polley (2006) – December 3
Dog Day Afternoon, dir. Sidney Lumet (1975) – December 8
Stories We Tell with Sarah Polley, dir. Sarah Polley (2012) – December 10
Take this Waltz, dir. Sarah Polley (2011) – December 11
Secret Sunshine, dir. Lee Chang-dong (2007) – December 13
Orlando - 30th Anniversary Restoration, dir. Sally Potter (1992) – December 17
Polley will also be in attendance for the screening of her documentary feature Stories We Tell. On December 9 at 11am, TIFF's Chief Programming Officer Anita Lee, a producer of the film, will introduce a screening of Stories We Tell as part of TIFF’s Silver screenings series, free to those 65 and up. Then, on December 10 at 6:30pm as part of TIFF Cinematheque’s Sarah Polley and Other Stories series, Polley will participate in a Q&A discussion following the screening of her documentary.
TIFF Members and TIFF Under 25-Free Pass Holders receive access to year-round TIFF benefits including free access to more than 200 Cinematheque screenings, including those as part of Sarah Polley and Other Stories, as well as exclusive access to purchase tickets for the advance screening of Women Talking. To learn more and join as a TIFF Member, visit tiff.net/membership.