TIFF Bell Lightbox will join the limited release of <em>Women Talking</em> starting December 23 ahead of its theatrical run

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November 23, 2022

TIFF Bell Lightbox will join the limited release of Women Talking starting December 23 ahead of its theatrical run

Advance Member-exclusive screening, presented by RBC and supported by DGC Ontario, to be followed by conversation with Polley & author Miriam Toews on December 7

TIFF Cinematheque to present Sarah Polley and Other Stories director spotlight December 3–17

TORONTO — TIFF is pleased to announce a special advance screening of Sarah Polley’s highly anticipated film Women Talking — adapted from Miriam Toews’ acclaimed novel of the same name ― on Wednesday, December 7 for TIFF members, ahead of its December 23rd limited run at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The screening will be followed by an onstage conversation with Toews and Polley. Tickets for the Member-exclusive advance screening will be available for purchase on November 23 at 10am ET and tickets for limited theatrical release will go on sale December 7 at 10 am. Women Talking will have a limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago before its general release in 2023.

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 showcase

Away 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.

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TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival®in September; TIFF Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel, and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

TIFF is generously supported by Major Sponsors RBC and Visa, and Major Supporters: the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and City of Toronto.

The advance member-exclusive screening of Women Talking, and intimate conversation with Sarah Polley & Miriam Toews is presented by RBC and supported by the Directors Guild of Canada Ontario (DGC Ontario).

TIFF Cinematheque is supported by Ontario Creates and Canada Council for the Arts.

Silver Screenings is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada.

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