From searing performances in leading roles to mastery from the director’s chair – smart, powerful women are taking over TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2017.

We can’t wait for Toronto’s first EVER retrospective of brilliant filmmakers, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub; the Toronto premiere of Forgetting Vietnam (introduced by its director, the influential feminist theorist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha); Never Eat Alone (Sofia Bohdanowicz‘s hybrid fiction that takes a look at late-life loneliness); Incident at Restigouche by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, and the theatrical release of German director Maren Ade’s third feature, Toni Erdmann.

Plus, Books on Film will feature some of the most talented female writers and filmmakers working today, including Man Book Prize nominee Zadie Smith, Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley, renowned playwright and Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, and award-winning director Mira Nair.

For a complete list of all winter programming, visit here.