TORONTO — Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s movie about women dealing with the aftermath of sexual assaults in a religious colony will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Polley’s take on Miriam Toews’ “Women Talking,” which was inspired by real-life case of rapes committed in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia, is among the 45 special presentations announced by the festival this morning.
But despite being directed by Polley and based on a Canadian novel, the film will get its world premiere south of the border, likely at Telluride, the California film festival that keeps its lineup secret until it begins on Sept. 2.
After weeks of announcing one film at a time ahead of the festival on Sept. 8, TIFF also released its list of 18 galas, which include world premieres of Tyler Perry’s “A Jazzman’s Blues” and the Canadian-set thriller “Alice, Darling,” which stars Anna Kendrick.
“The Wonder,” a British/Irish co-production based on the novel by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue, will have its Canadian premiere at TIFF.
And “The Whale,” a Darren Aronofsky film starring American-Canadian actor Brendan Fraser, will screen in North America for the first time in Toronto.