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Exclusive: Sarah Polley's Father Is Inspired By The "Remarkable Story" In Clip From 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 10:03 AM
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"Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
One of our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, we guarantee there are few movies coming in the next few months -- or even the rest of year -- that will offer as many genuine twists and turns as Sarah Polley's excellent documentary "Stories We Tell." They say truth is stranger than fiction, and while the story that unspools here isn't quite strange, it's certainly something that no writer could have dreamed up.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 7, 2013 11:58 AM
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The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indies Of The Summer
So perhaps the blockbusting sturm und drang of “Iron Man 3” has you slavering for more KA-BLAMMO, in which case our Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters is the article for you. If, however, you're already getting a slight tension headache at the prospect of weeks upon interminable weeks of tentpole releases and the din of clashing opinions that attends the redistribution of billions of dollars of wealth, never fear. The gods of counterprogramming have been especially kind this year, and there's a wide selection of upcoming, smaller-budgeted, lesser-distributed gems in which the only things that collide are intersecting lives, the only ticking time bombs are repressed emotions, the only things that break are hearts, and the only things that blow up are grandiose expectations, right in some sad sack's face. You are also much more likely to get some full-on nudity.

Interview: Sarah Polley Talks The Ethics Of 'Stories We Tell,' Adapting 'Alias Grace' & Revisiting 'Take This Waltz'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 6, 2013 12:16 PM
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Halfway into Sarah Polley's genre-swapping documentary, “Stories We Tell,” the actor/director takes a break from shooting “Mr. Nobody” with Jared Leto to take a phone call. Still dressed in Neanderthal costume and make-up from the scene, she walks outside, sits on a bench, and reads an email on her Blackberry. Its contents are the makings of a news story -- one that Polley had just intimately lived herself and one that comprises the focus of her stunning, humanistic look at family and memory.

Contest: Tickets To Screenings At The Film Society Of Lincoln Center & MoMA's 42nd Annual New Directors/New Films Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 20, 2013 12:58 PM
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Hey New Yorkers, how about a nice contest for your Wednesday? We're pretty excited about this one: The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 42nd annual ND/NF (New Directors/New Films) Festival kicks off today, March 20th, and we're giving away pairs of tickets to four excellent films. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging filmmaking talent, the festival will screen 25 features (19 narrative, 6 documentary) and 17 short films representing 24 countries -- all having their New York City premieres.

Kevin Jagernauth's Favorite Films Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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2012 is so two weeks ago, right? Well, forgive my tardiness, but I was doing my best to catch up with as much as possible before putting this list together, but even then some films missed out. "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia," "Compliance," "Sleepwalk With Me," "Nobody Walks," "No" and a handful more...I wish I could have seen them, but it just didn't happen.

'Cosmopolis, 'Goon,' 'Laurence Anyways,' & 'Stories We Tell' Land On Canada's Top 10 Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 7:48 PM
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Earlier this week, all across Canada, film fans lined up at their local Canadian Tire, to vote their favorite movie that the country produced. Okay, that didn't really happen, but a panel of industry types all cast their votes for Canada's Top Ten, which as you might guess, celebrates the finest in nation's cinematic output in a given a year. And this year, quite a few high profile titles made the cut (with titles ranked alphabetically, not numerically).

Sundance Adds 'S-VHS,' James Franco's Porn Documentary & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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Let's face it -- until James Franco shows up, it's not a film festival, and Sundance, after announcing their inital slate yesterday, just got real. The folks in Park City have lifted the curtain on the Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City At Midnight offerings and there are a couple of curiosities worth noting.

Telluride Wrap: The 5 Best Films, Oscar Hopes & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 5, 2012 10:02 AM
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Well, that's a wrap. The 39th annual Telluride Film Festival is in the rear-review mirror and we're already gearing up for TIFF, while Venice winds down. Meanwhile, Telluride organizers are already looking forward to next year: they've announced that the 40th edition of the festival will provide an extra day to expand into a five day affair, starting on a Thursday. Mark your calendars now as surely the festival will be looking to make a splash on their 40th.

Venice Review: Sarah Polley Examines Her Own Family In Lovely, Fascinating 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2012 2:25 PM
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Sarah Polley has a secret. It’s a secret that, remarkably, she kept under wraps to all but friends and family until the film screened at the Venice Film Festival this morning. It’s a secret that’s seemingly informed her two directorial efforts to date, “Away From Her” and “Take This Waltz,” and is the subject matter of her third film, and first documentary, “Stories We Tell.” And it’s a secret that’s led to her finest work as a director so far.

Watch: First Clip From Sarah Polley's New Documentary 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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To most mainstream cinema-goers Sarah Polley will probably still be best known for her role in Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” but with the arrival of her sophomore directorial effort “Take This Waltz” in a number of international markets this week, the focus is firmly back on her work behind the camera. After taking five years between her incredibly well-received debut “Away From Her” and the Michelle Williams/Seth Rogen starring follow-up, it looks like there won’t be anywhere near as big a gap between her second and third films.

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