Director: Sarah PolleyWriter(s): Sarah Polley
Star(s): Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Wendy Crewson, Olympia Dukakis, Kristen Thomson
Based on Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” this moving f ilm tells the story of Fiona (Christie) and Grant (Pinsent), a couple who have been married for over 40 years. As Fiona’s “forgetfulness” grows worse, the couple are forced to come to terms with the fact that it is actually Alzheimer’s, and they begin a journey that will test the bond they’ve shared for decades.
An enduring love story with a powerful message about friendship, generosity and devotion, Away From Her was nominated for two Oscars and won over 39 other awards, including seven Genies — for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, among others.
We were very touched. The film was very moving.
— ESL student from China, Jones Avenue School, Toronto
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Polley won critical acclaim and a screenwriting Oscar nomination for her directorial debut Away From Her, and has also directed Take This Waltz and Stories We Tell. She co- wrote Alias Grace, a miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, which premiered at TIFF 2017.
- English - 9, 10, 11, 12
- Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
- Philosophy - 11, 12
- Social Science - 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- English Language with French Subtitles
- English Language with French Dubbing