Sarah Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell' to Premiere at Venice

Amidst the annoucements for TIFF 2012 comes a hot Canadian title set to play at the Venice film festival: Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada's Anita Lee, the big annoucement comes courtesy of the NFB:

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 program 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.