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TIFF Deals: Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell lands U.S. distribution

Sarah Polley (Image: Christopher Drost)

Following screenings at Venice, Telluride and TIFF, and a spate of favourable reviews, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, the Toronto filmmaker’s first foray into documentary, was picked up for distribution yesterday. Roadside Attractions managed to snag the film’s U.S. distribution rights, despite the National Film Board of Canada, Stories’ production company, being “overwhelmed with excellent offers.” The film has been billed as being as much about storytelling and memory as it is about the story itself, and sees Polley laying bare her family history through narration, interviews and home movies to expose a long-held family secret (the spoiler is here). Roadside has scheduled the film for an early-2013 theatrical release in the U.S.