Canadians who tune in to this year's Academy Awards will get an unexpected bonus when CTV airs the latest film from Sarah Polley, one of this country's best-known and busiest actors/writers.
The not-yet-titled short, a two-minute film, was commissioned by Becel (the "love your heart" margarine brand from Unilever) to inspire women to take better care of that particular vital organ. It will be executive produced by CTV and Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, the largest financer of shorts in Canada - to the tune of $15-million since it was set up 14 years ago).
Polley was Oscar-nominated for her adapted screenplay of the full-length feature Away from Her, a touching tale based on Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain, starring Julie Christie (who garnered a best actress Oscar nomination) and Gordon Pinsent.
Polley, who is currently filming the short in Toronto, could not be reached for comment. But she is joined in making the film by the same production team who worked on Away from Her, including Toronto's Jennifer Weiss ( Chloe) and Simone Urdl ( Sabah).
The short is slated to premiere March 7, and stars Sarah Manninen ( The Line) and Jean-Michel Le Gal ( Shanti Baba Ram and the Dancers of Hope). It will follow a woman through phases of her life and explore the chambers of her heart to shed light on Heart Month (February) in North America.
Chosen by Variety magazine as one of 10 directors to watch in 2007, Polley will next appear on the large screen in two sci-fi thrillers, Vincenzo Natali's Splice and Jaco van Dormael's Mr. Nobody.
Her other acclaimed shorts include 1999's Don't Think Twice and 2001's I Shout Love.