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Roadside Grabs Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell' for 2013 Stateside Release

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 10, 2012 at 5:39PM

Roadside Attractions has landed, after an aggressive bidding war, all U.S. rights to Canadian actress-writer-filmmaker Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."
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Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell"
Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell"

Roadside Attractions has landed, after an aggressive bidding war, all U.S. rights to Canadian actress-writer-filmmaker Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell."

Wisely, Polley ("Away from Her," "Take this Waltz") debuted the film at the Venice and Telluride Film festivals, followed by Toronto, where it was rapturously received by audiences and critics. Polley tells the true story, filming herself as she interviews her family, of her actress mother, who died when she was ten. Raised by her single father--her siblings had grown and left the nest--Polley recently unearthed some long-hidden family secrets and opted to reveal them in doc form. The result is a terrific and moving true account, packed with home movies and photos, and Polley makes the most of it.

She hasn't wanted to do any interviews about the story--but she inevitably will. Roadside won U.S. rights to the film, which is produced by Anita Lee, from the National Film Board of Canada. Roadside plans an early 2013 theatrical release.
 
"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," notes Roadside Co-President Eric d'Arbeloff.

The deal was negotiated by Roadside co-president Howard Cohen for Roadside and the National Film Board of Canada's Christina Rogers on behalf of the filmmakers.

This article is related to: Sarah Polley, Toronto International Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals, Roadside Attractions


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.