A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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New NFB film by Sarah Polley to have world premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Press release

2012/07/24


Toronto, July 24, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is pleased to announce that its collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell, will have its world premiere in the Venice Days independent sidebar held during the prestigious Venice Film Festival (August 29–September 8).  Stories We Tell was produced by Anita Lee and executive produced by Silva Basmajian of the NFB's Ontario Centre.

About the film

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.

About Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley 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 Award for Best Picture and Best Achievement in Direction) and Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman. Stories We Tell is her most recent film.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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Information:

Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca