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‘Women Talking’ by Sarah Polley is among the newly revealed TIFF lineup

TIFF's recently released lineup includes Sarah Polley's 'Women Talking.'

Key Takeaways:

  • The world premiere of Sarah Polley’s movie, about women dealing with the aftereffects of sexual assault while residing in a religious community, will take place at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival will premiere Sarah Polley’s film, which is about women living in a religious community while suffering from the effects of sexual assault.

One of the 45 special events that the festival announced on Thursday morning is Polley’s interpretation of Miriam Toews’ “Women Talking,” which was motivated by a true story of rapes in a Mennonite village in Bolivia.

However, although being directed by Polley and based on a Canadian book, the movie will have its world debut abroad, most likely at Telluride, a festival in California whose roster is kept a secret until the festival’s start on September 2.

TIFF also announced a schedule of 18 galas, including the world premieres of Tyler Perry’s “A Jazzman’s Blues” and the thriller “Alice, Darling,” starring Anna Kendrick is set in Canada and has been teased for weeks.

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After two years of programming affected by the epidemic, TIFF is promoting this year’s festival as a return to form.

“Movies are alive. Red carpets have returned. And in Toronto, the greatest audience on earth is waiting for them, “Cameron Bailey, the CEO of TIFF, stated in a release announcing the program.

One of the gala presentations is “Black Ice,” a documentary by Hubert Davis that charts the development of Black hockey players with The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes in the 1800s to their place in the modern NHL.

TIFF's recently released lineup includes Sarah Polley's 'Women Talking.'
TIFF’s recently released lineup includes Sarah Polley’s ‘Women Talking.’ Image from West Observer

“Hardwood,” a 2005 Davis short documentary, was nominated for an Academy Award.

TIFF will host the Canadian premiere of “The Wonder,” a British/Irish co-production based on the Giller Prize-nominated book by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue.

The story, which takes place in the 19th century, centers on a nurse dispatched to monitor a young girl who claims to have gone without food for months.

The North American premiere of “The Whale,” a Darren Aronofsky movie featuring American-Canadian actor Brendan Fraser as a 600-pound man trying to get back in touch with his daughter, will take place in Toronto.

Source: CTV News

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