The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) has named Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (pictured) as its best non-fiction film of the year, lauding it with the Allan King Documentary Award.
Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles and Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man were both named runners-up for the prize. All three docs are distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.
In addition, Stories We Tell has been named as one of three finalists for the TFCA’s CAD$100,000 Best Canadian Film Award, competing against Denis Côté’s non-fiction film Bestiaire, and Michael Dowse’s ice hockey comedy Goon.
The winner of the prize will be named at a gala dinner at Toronto’s Carlu on January 8, hosted by Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey.
“The diversity of our three finalists for this extraordinary new prize show there’s nothing predictable about Canadian cinema,” said TFCA president Brian D. Johnson. “These are all genres we haven’t seen before.
“Bestiaire is a visionary documentary from Montreal that explores our relationship to the animal world. Stories We Tell, a doc from Toronto, unfolds as a procedural home movie, investigating the filmmaker’s family secrets; and Goon, shot largely in Winnipeg and set across the country, is a viciously funny comedy about hockey violence.”