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Sarah Polley's Family Quasi-Doc 'Stories We Tell' Finds a New Home With Roadside Attractions

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 10, 2012 at 5:25PM

Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell.” The specialty distributor will give the highly praised quasi-documentary, which screened at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, a theatrical release in early 2013.
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"Stories We Tell."

Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell.” The specialty distributor will give the highly praised quasi-documentary, which screened at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, a theatrical release in early 2013.

Anita Lee from the National Film Board of Canada produced the project, in which Polley uses home movies, new interviews and voice-over narration to explore secrets in her own family.

READ MORE: Telluride Review: Sarah Polley's Brilliant Family Documentary 'Stories We Tell' Explores Multiple Versions of the Truth

"In fearlessly laying bare her family's most intimate moments and remembrances, Sarah allows we as audience members to reflect on each of our own family histories, both real and fabricated," said Roadside co-president Eric d'Arbeloff. "With ‘Stories We Tell,’ Sarah Polley yet again proves herself a master of translating the specific into the universal and stakes her claim as one of today's greatest young filmmakers."

Roadside co-president Howard Cohen negotiated the deal with the National Film Board of Canada's Christina Rogers on behalf of the filmmakers.

READ MORE: Toronto 2012: Monday Morning Acquisitions Update -- What's Happened, What's to Come

Magnolia Pictures released Polley's previous film, "Take This Waltz," this past summer, and Lionsgate released her debut, "Away From Her," in 2007.

Roadside Attractions most recently released "Albert Nobbs" and "Friends With Kids." Upcoming releases include "Arbitrage," "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescuce American Healthcare" and "Mud."

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