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Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley
Canada 2012 / 108’

The truth depends on who is telling it. In her third feature-length film, director Sarah Polley once again deals with complex interpersonal relationships, but this time changes form and significantly narrows her perspective. Polley passionately plays a detective asking close and distant relatives questions, rummages through family archives and reconstructs selected memories using professional actors. Stories We Tellis an experimental documentary devoted to the search for identity of the director’s father, an intimate and very personal portrait of a multigenerational family caught between comfortable myth and troublesome truths. Will it be possible to find the truth after so many years?

Piotr Pluciński

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley was born in 1979 in Toronto. She did not graduate high school. She debuted as an actor at the age of five in the film One Magic Christmas, but achieved fame through the television series Avonlea. She quickly became a favourite actress among independent directors and by 2005 she had starred in films by Terry Gilliam, Atom Egoyan, Kathryn Bigelow and David Cronenberg. Polley made her directorial debut in 1999 with a series of successful short films. Her feature-length debut Away from Her (2006) received an Academy Award nomination for best original script and garnered 42 other prizes.


1999 The Best Day of My Life (short)

1999 Don’t Think Twice (short)

2001 I Shout Love (short)

2002 All I Want for Christmas (short)

2006 Daleko od niej / Away from Her

2011 Take This Waltz

2012 Historie rodzinne / Stories We Tell (doc.)

Prepared by: Piotr Pluciński

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Cast & Crew

director Sarah Polley
screenplay Sarah Polley
cinematography Iris Ng, archival footage
editing Mike Munn
music Jonathan Goldsmith
sound Sanjay Mehta
cast Michael Polley, Sarah Polley, Peter Evans, Tom Butler, Pixie Bigelow, Deirdre Bowen, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley, John Buchan
producer Anita Lee
production National Film Board of Canada
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour & b&w