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Presented by Roadside Attractions and Directed by Sarah Polley, Starring Rebecca Jenkins, Peter Evans, and Alex Hatz.
About the film
Oscar®-nominated director Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell is an inspired, genre-twisting film that playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
KEY CREATIVE SHORT BIOS
SARAH POLLEY (Director) is a 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.
ANITA LEE (Producer) is a producer of award-winning films at the National Film Board of Canada. She has produced numerous documentary and dramatic features for theatrical release. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed film installation Road Movie by Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky (TIFF and Berlin 2011), Let the Daylight into the Swamp by Jeffrey St. Jules (TIFF 2012), Home Again by Sudz Sutherland (TIFF 2012), and Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley. In 1997, she founded the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and continues to serve on their Advisory Board.
SILVA BASMAJIAN (Executive Producer) has produced more than 80 NFB films that have garnered numerous awards and been screened at international festivals, including Berlin, Toronto and Sundance. Ms. Basmajian is currently an Executive Producer at the NFB’s Ontario Centre and champions projects that re-define documentary, such as the award-winning and ongoing HIGHRISE, a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. Most recently, she co-produced the critically acclaimed and International Emmy-winning Life with Murder.
MIKE MUNN (Editor) began his career editing films for Bruce McDonald (Roadkill) and Peter Mettler (Tectonic Plates, Picture of Light). Recent credits include Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. Stories We Tell is Mike’s second collaboration with Sarah Polley; he also edited “The Harp,” an episode of The Shields Stories series that was directed by Polley.
IRIS NG (Director of Cinematography) has been collaborating with filmmakers and artists for over a decade. Her credits include Morgan Spurlock’s Committed: The Toronto International Film Festival, Angad Singh Bhalla’s Herman’s House, Rama Rau’s The Market, Min Sook Lee’s My Toxic Baby and international art installation projects by Luis Jacob and Chris Curreri.
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