“Women Talking” First Look: Sarah Polley’s return to directing

Sarah Polley will write and direct the feature film, based on Miriam Toews’ novel about the abuse behind a remote religious community.

Writer/director Sarah Polley peels away the layers of cover-up attacks in organized religion.

Adapted from Miriam Toew’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Women Talking stars Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, Ben Whishaw and Judith Ivey. The film will have its world premiere at 2022 TIFF, followed by an appearance in the NYFF Spotlight section.

“Women Talking” follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony who come to terms with their faith after the colony’s men commit a series of sexual assaults. The generations of abuse come to light along with the hypocrisy of power in the name of Christ. Sheila McCarthy, August Winter, Michelle McLeod, Will Bowes and Kira Guloien also star in the film, which hits theaters December 2nd.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Polley, whose previous feature films include Away From Her and Stories We Tell, previously opened up about her disturbing experiences as a traumatized child actress on the set of Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen while filming action sequences . Abuse of power on set, according to Polley, left production dependent on Gilliam’s “wild, ambitious impulses” and a sometimes unsafe atmosphere, especially for an eight-year-old at the time.

The cast behind “Women Talking” includes multiple Oscar winners (McDormand) and nominees (Buckley, Mara). Following this year’s Men and 2021’s The Lost Daughter, Buckley revealed she’s watching the three films “in conversation.”

“There are certain situations in life where women have to contort and submit or become smaller than they actually are,” Buckley told The Independent. “I’m really interested in expanding the parameters of what I’ve always understood as a woman. I want to unlearn things.”

Women Talking marks Mara’s follow-up role to Nightmare Alley, with restaurant drama La Cocina currently in post-production. McDormand continues to play complicated characters with Women Talking after The Tragedy of Macbeth, while Emmy-winning actress Foy will also star in the supernatural film Strangers. Emmy-winner Ben Whishaw continues to take on religious-leaning roles in the upcoming Bad Behavior, in which he acts as a spiritual guide mentoring a former child actress, played by Jennifer Connelly.

Check out the first look at “Women Talking” below.

The film will premiere on December 2nd by United Artists Releasing.

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