Although Sarah Polley has only written and directed two feature films to date, she’s already gained a reputation as a promising young filmmaker. Her first film, Away From Her, received glowing reviews when it hit theaters in 2006 and earned Polley an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and her second, Take This Waltz, has met with positive reviews on the festival circuit so far. Now Polley is gearing up for her next project, a big-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s historical novel Alias Grace. More details after the jump.

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Multi-hyphenate Sarah Polley first gained attention as a director at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, where she premiered her first feature, Away From Her. Subtle and bittersweet, the film demonstrated an assuredness not often seen in such young, relatively inexperienced filmmakers, and Polley was rewarded with several nods and wins when awards season came. This year, Polley will return to TIFF to premiere her follow-up project, Take This Waltz — and thanks to three new clips that have hit the web, we have a decent idea of what to expect.

The new film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a married couple whose relationship hits a rough patch when Williams’ character finds herself tempted by a new man (Luke Kirby). Sarah Silverman also appears, as Rogen’s sister. Watch the videos after the jump.

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If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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Let’s skip the formalities, shall we? Sarah Silverman is co-starring in Sarah Polley‘s film Take This Waltz, and for the first time in her career, she will be appearing naked. As in: full-frontal nudity. The context of this scene is unknown, but her first line in the film is, “I look in the mirror, and I wanna f**k myself.” If there were ever an appropriate time for Silverman to bare all for the screen, it sounds like this is it.

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Internet Movie Trailer: Splice

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Vincenzo Natali‘s Splice hits theaters later this week, and Warner Bros has released one last movie trailer to promote the film — an internet exclusive trailer. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”

Rogen’s character is married to Williams;  Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]

After the break, the Kennedys come to life (again) and Richard Gere partners up with Topher Grace. Read More »

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We’ve already seen one trailer (and a couple clips) from Vincenzo Natali‘s Sundance hit Splice, which Warner Bros. will release this summer. Now there is a second trailer that shows a little more of the story and amps up the tension as Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody create a new life form. Read More »

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