Sarah Polley Wins Toronto Critics’ Best Film Prize

"Stories We Tell" continues to be honoured.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Sarah Polley continues to be recognized for her first documentary effort "Stories We Tell," as the movie was chosen as the Best Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association, garnering her the $100,000 prize.

The TFCA doled out a number of film awards on Tuesday night, including the most prestigious, which went to Polley. Her flick takes a candid look at her family and the intracacies of it, given her mother died when Polley was young. She then just happened to meet her biological father on a fluke “Making this film was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It took five years and tormented me,” she said in a blog on the NFB website about her film (as reported by CBC News). “I didn’t want to make it, and I wanted to give up many times along the way, but I also didn’t want this story to be out there in the words of someone other than the many people who lived it.” "Stories We Tell" had its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).

Polley is also known for acting on TV and the big screen as well as directing such movies as "Away from Her," for which she won a Genie, and "Take This Waltz" with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. She hails from Toronto.

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