WOMEN TALKING

SPOTLIGHT | MIND THE GAP ENSEMBLE AWARD

MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA

US 2022, 104 min, Director: Sarah Polley

Powerful, committed performances by an extraordinary ensemble—including Frances McDormand, Judith Ivey, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, and Ben Whishaw—take us deep into the lives of a group of women as they confront a life-and-death decision: To remain in silence, or to leave in exile. Much of the action occurs in the confined setting of a village barn in their isolated Mennonite colony—located somewhere both far from our modern world and too painfully close for comfort—where the women gather secretly to determine a course of action in the wake of an urgent crisis that has affected all of their lives. In the supremely capable hands of director Sarah Polley (Away from Her, Stories We Tell), Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel unfolds as a deeply human drama driven by extraordinary performances in this profound, moving film. Based on true events, Women Talking is an exhilarating paragon of collective organizing and female agency that may well be the prescient wake-up call for our times. —KD Davis

IN PERSON: Frances McDormand


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Showtimes

In-Person


5:00 PM — Rafael 1

12:00 PM — Sequoia 2

Director

Toronto native Sarah Polley began her career as a child actor and transitioned to adult roles before changing course and becoming a writer and director. She received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar® nomination for her first feature, AWAY FROM HER (2006). The film also won Best Motion Picture at the Genie Awards—Canada’s Oscars counterpart—and Polley garnered three awards, including Best Achievement in Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Claude Jutra Award. Her other films include TAKE THIS WALTZ (2011) and STORIES WE TELL (2012). She wrote the teleplays for the Margaret Atwood adaptation ALIAS GRACE (2017), and recently published a memoir, RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER (2022).

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

104 min

Director:

Sarah Polley

Producers:

Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Frances McDormand

Cinematographers:

Luc Montpellier

Editors:

Christopher Donaldson, Roslyn Kalloo

Writers:

Miriam Toews (novel) Sarah Polley (script)

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