Sarah Polley’s documentary heading south of the border

"Stories We Tell" gets US distribution deal.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley has released her first documentary, debuting it at the Venice Film Festival and showing it at the Toronto International Film Festival – and it recently got a US distribution deal.

"Stories We Tell" looks at how family stories are told and interpreted by different members over the years. According to CBC News, the idea for the doc sprung from a painful personal incident where she learned that her mother had had an affair that led to her own conception (Polley wrote this on her blog and divulged it at the premiere). Using home movies and interviews with family members, she explores how her own family dealt with that secret.

Polley is best known for her roles in 2004's "Dawn of the Dead," 2009's "Mr. Nobody" and "Splice," and 2010's "Trigger." She has also directed a number of titles like "Take This Waltz," as well as produced the same flick. Hailing from Toronto, Polley was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing in an Adapted Screenplay for 2006's "Away From Her," and she's been nominated as well as won several Genie and Gemini Awards for various works.

American firm Roadside Attractions gained US rights to "Stories We Tell," and plans to release it across the States in 2013, the National Film Board announced this week, who produced the flick on home soil.

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