Polley's "Stories We Tell" is an autobiographical documentary about Polley's mother that recently played three major festivals – in addition to Toronto, it was exhibited at Venice and Telluride, to near-universal acclaim. Our man in Venice said that the film "tickles both the brain and the heart, and by some distance Polley’s most consistent, and best, work as a director to date."
Anita Lee, who produced the film through the National Film Board of Canada, said in a press release that, "We were overwhelmed with excellent offers but felt Roadside was the perfect fit.”
In the same press release Roadside Co-President Eric d'Arbeloff said, "In fearlessly laying bare her family's most intimate moments and remembrances, Sarah allows we as audience members to reflect on each of our own family histories, both real and fabricated." d'Arbeloff added: "With 'Stories We Tell,' Sarah Polley yet again proves herself a master of translating the specific into the universal and stakes her claim as one of today's greatest young filmmakers." Plans are for an "early 2013" theatrical release in the States (we wonder if there will be some kind of brief end-of-the-year run for awards qualification).
It worries us that all three companies are known more for their home video releases than their theatrical prowess, which would suggest a swift theatrical run followed up by a DVD/Blu-ray release, or some kind of simultaneous home video/theatrical campaign. Still, a final deal won't be ironed out until after the midnight screening tonight, so if you're at the screening tonight and squeezed in between a Zombie freak in white face paint and a pasty white guy wearing a suit, you'll know why.