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Since Sarah Polley’s feature directorial debut with Away from Her in 2006, all of her films have been selected for Canada’s Top Ten. Marking her return with Stories We Tell, the acclaimed filmmaker and actor joins Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, for an onstage conversation about her career, with a special focus on her most recent work. Among the topics to be discussed: the virtues of working in Canada, Polley’s move from performer to director, the differences between documentary and fiction filmmaking, and the genesis of her 2012 Canada’s Top Ten selection, and Stories We Tell.
Sarah Polley was born in Toronto. She has appeared in films by such directors as Isabel Coixet, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Terry Gilliam, Hal Hartley, Wim Wenders and Michael Winterbottom. Her feature films as director are Away From Her (06), which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Take This Waltz (11). Stories We Tell (12) is her first documentary.