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Stories We Tell

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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.

2012, 108 min 37 s

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Best Documentary Film for 2013
International Cinephile Society
February 24 2014, New York - USA

Special Mention for the "Small Stamp" for the Best Film by a filmmaker below the age of 35
ZagrebDox
February 23 to March 2 2014, Zagreb - Croatia

Documentary Screenplay
Writers Guild of America
February 1 2014, Los Angeles - USA

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary) Award
NY Film Critics Circle
January 6 to 16 2014, New York - USA

Best Documentary Film
International Film Festival
November 6 to 12 2013, Bratislava - Slovakia

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award
TEMPO Documentary Festival
March 5 to 10 2013, Stockholm - Sweden

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award
Canadian Screen Awards
March 3 2013, Toronto - Canada

Rogers Best Canadian Film Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
January 8 2013, Toronto - Canada

Allan King Documentary Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
December 16 2012, Toronto - Canada

Special Jury Prize- with a $50 000 cash prize
Film Festival
October 11 to 20 2012, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Focus Grand Prize- with a cash prize of $5000 and $2500 worth of plane tickets from Air France
Festival du nouveau cinéma
October 10 to 21 2012, Montréal - Canada

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