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Oscar doc short-list: 'Stories We Tell' is in, 'One Direction: This Is Us' is out


The Academy’s documentary branch has revealed its list of the 15 films eligible for the Oscar this year, reducing from a total of 147 movies.

Among the semi-finalists is Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, about her quest to untangle her family history. The movie was a question mark for the short list since it includes some fictionalized elements and re-creations of events from the past. Ultimately, it made the cut, voted in by the 210 members of the doc branch.

Left off the list: One Direction: This Is Us, the documentary with the biggest box office tally of the year at $29 million. Teenagers were fanatical about it, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) didn’t get much love from critics over his boy-band movie.  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: 'Stories We Tell' director Sarah Polley talks family secrets and motherhood


Sarah Polley has two babies.

One is the tiny, gurgling human one the Canadian actress-writer-director gave birth to almost a year ago, who she only takes quick breaks from. The other one is her debut documentary Stories We Tell, which she directed about a soul-baring family secret: that she’s the result of an affair her mother, actress Diane Polley, who passed away when she was 11, had during her marriage.

The emotional movie, filled with interviews with family members and bright, charming archival footage of her lookalike mom, premiered to brilliant reviews at film festivals last year in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto, and makes its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 17-27. It hits theaters this coming May, distributed by Roadside Attractions, already gaining Oscar buzz for 2014.

Polley herself has already proven to be a talented and nuanced writer-director with feature films Take This Waltz and Away From Her, an adaption of an Alice Munro story starring Julie Christie, which snagged Polley a screenwriting Oscar nod in 2008. Ahead of Sundance, during a break from writing and being with her baby daughter, Polley chatted with EW about the movie’s impact and it being, according to her, “the most important film personally I’ll ever make.”

Sarah Polley reveals family secret in new documentary 'Stories We Tell'

Sarah Polley has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject: her 2006 film Away from Her, which she wrote and directed, was a devastating portrait of Alzheimer’s, and even way back as a 12-year-old child actor, she stood up for herself against the wonderful magical corporate behemoth of Disney when she protested against the First Gulf War while promoting a film.

Her new documentary, Stories We Tell — which debuted at the Venice Film Festival this week — is perhaps her most fearless undertaking to date. In a blog post published Wednesday on the National Film Board of Canada’s website, the Take This Waltz director revealed the inspiration for the film, a family secret she had been holding onto for years: she had been conceived in an extramarital affair and the man she had believed to be her father, was not. READ FULL STORY

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