FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Power Plant and the Images Festival present
a special advance screening of Women Without Men
First feature film by acclaimed Iranian artist Shirin Nashat
will be followed by Q&A session with the filmmaker
Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. – Royal CinemaTORONTO, ON (March 15, 2010) – The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is collaborating with the 23rd Images Festival to co-present an advance screening of internationally-renowned contemporary artist Shirin Neshat’s first feature film Women Without Men (in collaboration with Shoja Azari, 2009, 97 min.) This special evening will begin with a VIP reception, where guests will enjoy reserved seating, refreshments and gift bags and share the exclusive opportunity to hear remarks from the filmmaker. Following the film, Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC Radio One national arts and entertainment program, “Q”, leads a Q&A with Neshat, a post-screening event for all ticket holders. Women Without Men expands the New-York based artist’s widely acclaimed photography and video practice to the big screen. The film adapts Shahrnush Parsipur’s 1990 novella of the same name and is set against the backdrop of the politically tumultuous early 1950s. Neshat creates a multifaceted narrative detailing the harrowing experiences of four Tehran women from all walks of life. The artist captures each woman’s struggle for independence with a sumptuous and potent visual language. The film has won the Silver Lion at the Venice film festival, and has received rave reviews.Neshat (born in 1957, Qazyin, Iran) has been a pioneering figure in the cultural representation of Muslim women over the past 20 years. She achieved great renown in the 1990s for her powerful film, video and photographic work, which dramatizes themes of gender and power through an emotionally potent and highly stylized visual language. Neshat has exhibited internationally in group and solo exhibitions since the early 1990s. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2009), National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (2008), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005). This event is a benefit for The Power Plant and the Images Festival, who have collaborated on several successful projects over the years. Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant praises this relationship and this special event: “The Power Plant and the Images Festival are separately committed to presenting the most engaging and influential international artists of our time. We celebrate any opportunity to work together towards this goal, and we are extremely excited to harness this particular opportunity, as it enables us to bring Shirin Neshat, one of the world’s most revered contemporary artists to Toronto.” The Power Plant and the Images Festival extend deepest thanks to Mongrel Media. Women Without Men opens theatrically in Toronto on Friday, April 2, 2010. For further information, visit womenwithoutmenfilm.com.Ticket Information$15 advance tickets, $18 at the doorAdvance tickets available at imagesfestival.com/store or in person at Queen Video (412 Queen West, Soundscapes (572 College) and The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West – cash only). Same-day tickets available at the Royal Cinema (608 College St.) from 6:30 p.m. (cash only).$50 VIP tickets (strictly limited)Available at imagesfestival.com/store. To purchase through The Power Plant, please contact Membership and Development Associate Angela Grabham at email@example.com or 416-973-4926.For more information on exhibitions and all public programs at The Power Plant, call 416-973-4949 or visit thepowerplant.org. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre231 Queens Quay West, TorontoAdmission: FREE Members$6 Adults$3 Students / SeniorsFREE Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.Gallery Hours:Tuesday to Sunday 12-6 p.m.Wednesday 12-8 p.m.Open Holiday MondaysFor more information on the 23rd edition of the Images Festival, April 1 – 10, 2010, please visit imagesfestival.com.ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.
-30-MEDIA CONTACTS:Power Plant: Robin Boyko | 416-973-4927 | firstname.lastname@example.orgImages Festival: Rebecca Webster | 416-562-6294 | email@example.comShirin Neshat: Bonne Smith | 416-488-4436 | firstname.lastname@example.org