Director Sarah Polley assembles the finest actresses of Hollywood to narrate a tale of women questioning their faith
Academy award nominated director and actor, Sarah Polley is bringing Miriam Towes’ 2018 novel Women Talking to the big screen this year. The 43-year-old Sarah Polley is mostly known for her works in the television show Ramona and the 2004 movie Dawn of The Dead and has directed films such as Take This Waltz and Away From Her. But this time she is bringing forth a raw and relatable story where women raise their voices and question their faith in a close-knit Mennonite community. Women Talking is produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment in collaboration with Orion Pictures and Universal Pictures holds international distribution rights. Here's everything we know about the drama so far.
Women Talking is scheduled to have a limited theatrical release on December 2, 2022, and will have a worldwide release on December 16, 2022. Since the distribution rights of the film are owned by Amazon as well, the audience can expect to see Women Talking streaming on Prime Video early in 2023 post its theatrical release. Women Talking had its worldwide premiere on September 2, 2022, at the Telluride Film Festival, followed by Toronto International Film Festival and 60th New York Film Festival.
The plot is adapted from Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel of the same name and is partly inspired by author Toews’ formative years in a Mennonite town of Manitoba in Canada which she left at the age of 18. Events in this film will be based on real incidents in a Bolivian Mennonite community that took place between 2005 and 2009. The film will tell the story of eight women in a conservative religious Mennonite community who learn a harrowing truth and decide to hold a secretive meeting in a hayloft to discuss their future actions. The women discover that they’ve been subjected to drugging and rape by the men of their community for several years.
The cast of this film rounds up some of the most critically acclaimed actresses from the industry including Oscar winner Frances McDormand who also serves as the producer of this film. Adding to the star-studded lineup, there is Rooney Mara playing Ona, Jessie Buckley playing Mariche, The Crown fame Claire Foy plays Salome and Ben Whishaw will be starring as August Epp. Under Sarah Polley’s direction, there is Icelandic musician and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has worked on the film's score and Canadian cinematographer Luc Montpellier is at the helm of the camera.
Yes, a trailer and a featurette capturing the behind the scene footage of the film were released by Universal Pictures on October 10, 2022.
Yes, a teaser poster is available. Check it out below...