ALL MY PUNY SORROWS
(TIFF 2021-SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS SECTION)
Written and directed by MICHAEL MCGOWAN
Starring: ALISON PILL, SARAH GADON, AMYBETH MCNULTY with DONAL LOGUE and MARE WINNINGHAM
TIFF 2021- FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
Public Screening 1- Saturday, September 11, 2021- 5:30 PM- Visa Screening Room, Princess of Wales Theatre
Public Screening 2- Sunday, September 12, 2021- 1:00 PM- digital TIFF Bell Lightbox Pro
Public Screening 3- Thursday, September 16, 2021- 9:00 PM- digital TIFF Bell Lightbox Pro
Public Screening 4- Friday, September 17, 2021- 7:00 PM- Cinema 2
Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel, ALL MY PUNY SORROWSunexpectedly infuses wry humor into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself.
Michael McGowan is a film writer, director and producer known for tackling complex material with an effortless style. In his latest film, McGowan adapts the internationally acclaimed bestselling novel All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews.
McGowan’s previous film, Still Mine (2012) starring James Cromwell, was a New York Times critic pick. The film received accolades globally including six Canadian Screen Award nominations, including Best Picture, in addition to Cromwell winning the CSA for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
For the feature Score: A Hockey Musical (2010), McGowan served not only as producer, writer and director but also as lyricist. It was the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival and took top prize at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival.
McGowan’s other award-winning features include One Week (2008) and the critically acclaimed Saint Ralph (2004).