Sarah Polley’s latest work, Stories We Tell, will make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The feature film, ambiguously described in a press release as “genre-twisting,” was made in collaboration with the National Film Board.
Fresh off her song-inspired relationship drama Take This Waltz, the Canadian actress and director now has made a movie involving a family whose members reminisce candidly and offer differing accounts of the same stories. In doing so, according to the NFB-supplied synopsis of the film, “Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a complex, messy, intense and deeply loving tangle of contradictions.”
Stories We Tell, produced within a new NFB-Canadian Film Centre program dedicated to theatrical documentaries, contains “non-fiction elements,” according to an NFB spokesperson.
Unsubstantiated rumours that the film would make its debut at the Toronto International Film turned out to be false. No word yet on whether or not Stories We Tell will be a part of TIFF’s Canadian lineup, but it will open Oct. 12 theatrically in Toronto and Vancouver, with other Canadian screenings to follow.
The Venice fest runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 8 and will open with Indian director’s Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.