Sarah Polley’s Canadian documentary film, Stories We Tell, has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.
The Toronto film director’s intimate family narrative – which uses interviews and re-enactments to explore a secret about her parentage – aired to critical acclaim at the Venice International Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival this year.
Producer Annie Lee says Sarah is “absolutely thrilled” with the Oscar nod, which came as a surprise to the 34-year-old filmmaker.
The academy will now choose five films to nominate from the list of 15.
Other films on the short list are: The Armstrong Lie, Tim’s Vermeer, Blackfish, The Square, The Crash Reel, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, First Cousin Once Removed, God Loves Uganda, Life According to Sam, Pussy Riot: A Punk’s Prayer and Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.
Sarah first received an Oscar nod in 2006 for her adapted screenplay for the film Away from Her. Before becoming a director, she worked as an actress and is best known for her role as Sara Stanley on the Canadian TV show Road to Avonlea.
Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 16 and the Academy Awards air on March 2.