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Interview with Director Sarah Polley at National Board Of Review Awards Gala

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Last night on Jan. 7, was on the red carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. Director Sarah Polley was honored with the Best Documentary Award for her film "Stories We Tell."

What does this award mean to you?

It’s kind of overwhelming to be honest. It’s thrilling, but it’s strange to have made a film so quietly and for long feeling like not many would see it, then to have it recognized on this level is a very surreal experience.

Alice Munro who wrote "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which you adapted for the screen and directed as "Away from Her," received the Nobel Prize in Literature this year.

It’s amazing. I think that she’s the definition of the word integrity. She’s had such an amazing career where she just sort of like does her work in such a focused way, and kind of avoids places where she would receive accolades and avoids the whole machinery behind promoting books. It’s really great to see that somebody won that award for all the right reasons and that that paid of. There’s a kind of purity to her work that I think comes from the way she’s managed to shelter herself and keep focused on what she’s doing. So I was really thrilled to see that recognized.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a draft of an adaptation of "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood.


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