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Stories We Tell

Canada | 2012 | 108 minutes | Sarah Polley

An inspired, moving, and personal documentary film from writer and director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) in which she explores her family's secrets and the varying narratives that each member has created to explain their tangled past.

May 17, 2013
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Acclaimed actress and Academy Award®-nominated writer-director Sarah Polley comes from a family of storytellers. Her dad, Michael, is a retired actor and writer with a talent for wry language. Her mother Diane, who died of cancer when Polley was eleven, was a free spirit who encouraged her children to express themselves and follow their passions. Her brother and sister make up stories at the dinner table, teasing Sarah that she looks nothing like the rest of the family. One day, Polley receives a message from another kind of storyteller—a reporter—who reveals that he has uncovered a long-buried family secret. Picking up the camera, Polley begins a five-year journey of exploration into her family history and the truth about her sometimes-reckless mother. As disparate memories of Diane surface, the director playfully deconstructs the story with probing interviews, home movies, and the blending of past and present to reconstruct the truth. An audacious and elegiac journey, Stories We Tell shares themes with the director's acclaimed narrative films Away From Her and Take This Waltz and is a compassionate exploration of relationships, betrayals, forgiveness, and the complexities of memory.

Director Biography
Sarah Polley is an acclaimed actress and writer-director whose dramatic features include Away From Her (nominated in 2007 for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, and winner of the 2008 Genie Awards for Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction) and Take This Waltz, starring Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, and Sarah Silverman. Stories We Tell is her most recent film.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Canada

Packaged Films

My Favorite Picture of You

A short film by documentary Oscar-winners T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay about Martin’s grandparents, told through a lifetime of family photos and an audio interview, encapsulating youth, old age, and everything in between.
Director: Sarah Polley
Country: Canada
Year: 2012
Running Time: 108 minutes
Producer: Anita Lee
Screenplay: Sarah Polley
Cinematographers: Iris Ng
Editors: Mike Munn
Music: Jonathan Goldsmith
Website: http://www.storieswetellmovie.com
Awards: Toronto Film Critics Association Award 2013 (Best Documentary, Best Canadian Film)
Filmography: Take this Waltz (2011); Away From Her (2006)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
International Sales: National Film Board of Canada
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