Five Favorite Films with Sarah Polley
The director of Stories We Tell also chats about her new movie, and the mysteries of storytelling.
Until recently, multi-talented Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley was probably best known for her early work on the TV series Road to Avonlea and later for roles in films like The Sweet Hereafter, Go, and Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake. More recently, however, Polley has earned widespread acclaim for her two directorial efforts, 2007's Away from Her and last year's Take This Waltz.
Polley continues her impressive work behind the camera in Stories We Tell, a new film that, while similar in theme to her two fiction narratives, is set apart by a couple of distinctions: it's her first feature documentary, and it's a decidedly more personal project, exploring the nature of storytelling by revealing a few secrets from her own family's past. In a recent conversation with RT, Polley shared how difficult the making of the film was for her, why documentaries can never be objective, and what she learned about her family. But first, she gave us her Five Favorite Films, and here they are:
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007; 91% Tomatometer)
Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975; 100% Tomatometer)
Next, Polley talks about the trickiness of crafting a personal documentary, and why she chose to tell the story in such an inventive way.