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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Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell selected to Sundance Film Fest

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Toronto, November 30, 2012 – Sarah Polley's National Film Board of Canada feature documentary Stories We Tell has been selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah, from January 17 to 27, 2013. Produced by Anita Lee for the NFB, Stories We Tell is the first documentary ever chosen for the festival's Spotlight category.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences during its Canadian theatrical run, Stories We Tell will open theatrically in American cities later in 2013, distributed in the U.S. by Roadside Attractions.

In Stories We Tell, 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. 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.

Stories We Tell has been praised by critics from Variety, The New York Times, Maclean's, The Guardian and more. This inspired, genre-twisting film was developed by Polley at the National Film Board of Canada's Ontario Centre, produced by Anita Lee and executive produced by Silva Basmajian.

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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