Red Carpet: Director Sarah Polley at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

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CHICAGO – Writer/Director Sarah Polley is back with her new film “Women Talking,” and attended a screening at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on October 20th, 2022. After making her name as a in-demand actor, Polley has since directed films like “Away From Her” and “Stories We Tell.”

Based on the best-selling novel by Miriam Toews – with the screenplay adapted and direction by Polley – “Women Talking” follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men. Featuring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey and Frances McDormand.

Director Sarah Polley of ‘Women Talking’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Sarah Polley îs an actor, director, producer and political activist. Born in Toronto, Canada, and after a series of film and stage roles as a child/teen actor she was the lead actor in the 1988 Canadian series “Ramona,” based on the books by Beverly Cleary. Her career took off from there, as she portrayed Sara Stanley on the 1990 Disney TV series “Road to Avalon” for seven seasons. Her films after that included “The Sweet Hereafter,” the cult film “Go,” “Dawn of the Dead” and “Beowulf & Grendel.” Although she never said she was retiring from acting, she had her last role in 2010.

Her director debut feature, “Away from Her” (from an Alice Munro short story), received two Oscar nominations. Her documentary “Stories We Tell,” was about her own story in not knowing her biological father, and “Women Talking” is her first feature in ten years.

Sarah Polley received a “Visionary Award” from the 58th CIFF, and was accompanied by “Women Talking” cinematographer Luc Montpellier. Photographer Joe Arce of took their Exclusive Portraits on the Red Carpet.

Cinematographer Luc Montpellier of ‘Women Talking’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival concluded October 23rd, 2022. Click for highlights, award winners and information about Cinema/Chicago. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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