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The Women of TIFF 2014: Exclusive Photos of Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Rosario Dawson and More

The Women of TIFF 2014: Exclusive Photos of Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Rosario Dawson and More

At the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, much was made of who wasn’t there: The women. More than 350 films screened over 10 days, but there were few representations of women as primary actors, or as directors. 

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And in Indiewire’s own, wildly unscientific sampling (aka our four-day TIFF photo and video studio), we saw a similar trend. Of the 110 directors, writers, producers and actors shot by our photographer, Daniel Bergeron, only 27 were women. 

The point we’re making, however, is not another mournful fist-shaking at the inequity (although it’s certainly the case), but a celebration of the extraordinary female talent that TIFF placed on display.

A gallery of our TIFF women includes the cast of Civil-War thriller “The Keeping Room;” Keira Knightley, star of  “Laggies” and “The Imitation Game;” the extraordinary duo of director Liv Ullman and her “Miss Julie,” Jessica Chastain; and the dynamo who is Julie Taymor, in TIFF for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and many more.

SOUHIR AHMED-RIADH, IRAQI ODYSSEY

ELIZABETH BANKS, LOVE & MERCY

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PATRICIA CLARKSON, OCTOBER GALE / LEARNING TO DRIVE

JENNIFER CONNELLY, SHELTER

ROSARIO DAWSON, TOP FIVE

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FELICITY JONES, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, THE IMITATION GAME / LAGGIES

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GUGU MBATHA-RAW & GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD, BEYOND THE LIGHTS

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, THE EQUALIZER / LAGGIES

RUBA NADDA, OCTOBER GALE

LAURA NIX, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING

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MUNA OTARU, HAILEE STEINFELD, BRIT MARLING & JULIA HART, THE KEEPING ROOM

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GENESIS RODRIGUEZ, TUSK

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ALBA ROHRWACHER, HUNGRY HEARTS

RENE RUSSO, NIGHTCRAWLER

LIV ULLMANN & JESSICA CHASTAIN, MISS JULIE

JULIE TAYMOR, A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM

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JO YANG, X+Y

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