Oscar nominee Sarah Polley’s new documentary “Stories We Tell,” a collaborative project with the National Film Board of Canada, will have its world premiere in the Venice Days program held during the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8).
In this inspired, genre-twisting 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 behind 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 a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a complex, messy, intense and deeply loving tangle of contradictions.
Sarah Polley’s most recent feature “Take This Waltz,” starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, released to modestly positive reviews in late June. Her tentative upcoming project is to adapt and direct Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s creepy historical murder mystery, “Alias Grace.”