Sarah Polly will receive the Director of the Year award for “Women Talking” at the Palm Springs International Film Awards, which will take place in person on January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Palm Springs Film Festival runs through January 16.
“Sarah Polley continues her exceptional work as writer and director in her latest film ‘Women Talking’. She reunites a stellar cast in her adaptation of Miriam Toews’ book, taking us on a cinematic journey filled with raw emotion and performance. said Festival President Harold Matzner.
Past recipients of the Director of the Year award include Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“Babel”, “Birdman”), Steve Mc Queen (“12 Years a Slave”), Alexander Payne (“Sideways”), Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) all of which went on to receive Best Director Oscar nominations. Campion, Iñárritu and Zhao received the Best Director Oscar for their films. Polley joins this year’s winner, Colin Farrell (Desert Palm Achievement, actor).
Based on the bestselling novel by Miriam Toews, “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 by the men of the colony. The film stars Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil, August Winter with Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. The film is written and directed by Polley.
Polley was nominated for an Oscar for the adapted screenplay of “Away From Her,” and her documentary “Stories We Tells” won documentary film awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Board of Review and New York Film. Critics Circle, as well as an award from the Writers Guild of America for its screenplay.