It takes courage to uproot the accepted “truths” and mysteries of your own family, but Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s documentary inquiry into the tangled secrets of her home life, Stories We Tell, is a triumph of the form. Last night, the toughest audience in any theatre–the Toronto Film Critics Association–awarded her the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.
The $100,000 prize, newly endowed by Rogers Communications Inc., is the richest arts award in Canada. Runners up were Denis Côté, who directed Bestiaire, and Michael Dowse, for Goon. Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications, called Polley’s film “a thoroughly engaging and interesting depiction of her own family and its stories.”