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Sarah Polley is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Canadienne born on 8 january 1979 at Toronto (Canada)

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley
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Nationality Canada
Birth 8 january 1979 (41 years) at Toronto (Canada)
Awards Officer of the Order of Canada, Writers Guild of America Award

Sarah E. Polley OC (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress and film director. Polley first attained notice in her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has also starred in such films as Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody.

Polley made her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her, for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley's second film, Take This Waltz, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Her latest film, Stories We Tell, is her first feature-length documentary. It had its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, and its North American premiere followed at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded it the $100,000 prize for best Canadian film of the year.

Biography

Polley is an atheist. On September 10, 2003, she married Canadian film editor David Wharnsby, her companion of seven years. They divorced in 2008.

In 2007 Polley discovered that the man who raised her was not her biological father. The story of her mother's affair and her biological father are detailed in her documentary Stories We Tell.

On August 23, 2011, she married Canadian law clerk David Sandomierski, who is working on his PhD in law at the University of Toronto. Their daughter Eve was born on February 7, 2012. In August 2014, Polley revealed that she had given birth to a second daughter.

Best films

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
(Actress)
Away from Her (2006)
(Director)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
(Actress)

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Filmography of Sarah Polley (42 films)

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Actress

Every Thing Will Be Fine, 1h40
Directed by Wim Wenders
Origin German
Genres Drama
Actors James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Polley, Patrick Bauchau, Marie-Josée Croze
Roles Kate
Rating54% 2.7025152.7025152.7025152.7025152.702515
The film centres around Tomas (James Franco), a writer who causes an accident while driving and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who lost someone close.
Stories We Tell, 1h49
Directed by Sarah Polley
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about families, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Autobiographical documentary films
Actors Sarah Polley, Rebecca Jenkins, Tom Butler, Allie MacDonald, Lani Billard, Christine Horne
Roles Herself (uncredited)
Rating74% 3.7479753.7479753.7479753.7479753.747975
The film looks at the relationship between Polley's parents, Michael and Diane Polley, including the revelation that the filmmaker was the product of an extramarital affair between her mother and Montreal producer Harry Gulkin. It incorporates interviews with Polley's siblings from her mother's two marriages, interviews with other relatives and family friends, Michael Polley's narration of his memoir, and Super-8 footage shot to look like home movies of historical events in her family's life. The cast in the Super-8 re-creations includes Rebecca Jenkins, who plays Diane – who had died of cancer, on January 10, 1990—the week of Polley's 11th birthday.
Splice
Splice (2010)
, 1h44
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Cyberpunk films
Actors Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, David Hewlett, Amanda Brugel
Roles Elsa
Rating56% 2.8493852.8493852.8493852.8493852.849385
Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) hope to achieve fame by splicing animal DNA to create hybrids for medical use at the company N.E.R.D. (short for Nucleic Exchange Research and Development). Their work previously yielded Fred, a dog-sized vermiform creature intended as a mate for their female specimen, Ginger. After successfully mating them, Clive and Elsa plan to create a human-animal hybrid that could revolutionize science. Their employers Joan Chorot (Simona Maicanescu) of N.E.R.D. and William Barlow (David Hewlett) forbid them from doing this. Instead, they are to find and extract proteins used for commercial drug production from Fred and Ginger. Clive and Elsa pursue their own agenda in secret. They develop a viable female creature (Abigail Chu).
Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody (2009)
, 2h21
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about altered memories, Space adventure films, Medical-themed films, Time travel films, Mars in film, Films set in the future, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Alternate history films, Space opera
Actors Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little
Roles Adult Elise
Rating78% 3.900823.900823.900823.900823.90082
In the year 2092, Nemo Nobody is a 117-year-old man, the last mortal on Earth. Humanity has conquered mortality through the endless renewal of cells, living in a shining future accompanied by their stem cell compatible pigs. The world watches in fascination as Mr. Nobody edges towards death, curious to know of life before quasi-immortality. Nemo says that he remembers nothing about his past and a psychiatrist, Dr. Feldheim, tries to make him recall memories through hypnosis while other memories are told to a journalist. Nemo spits out contradictory pieces as he is prodded, and no one is sure what happened and what did not. He is an enigma, often thinking that he is only 34 years old with no traceable record of his life. He recounts his life at three primary points: at age nine when his parents divorce, at age fifteen when he fell in love, and at age thirty-four as an adult. All three unfold into their many possible outcomes.
The Secret Life of Words, 1h55
Directed by Isabel Coixet
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Julie Christie, Javier Cámara, Steven Mackintosh, Eddie Marsan
Roles Hanna
Rating74% 3.747323.747323.747323.747323.74732
Taciturn, partially deaf Hanna (Polley) is a Yugoslavian native working in a factory in Northern Ireland. She is forced to take a vacation by her boss, who tells her that her co-workers have been offended by her lack of socializing. After overhearing a conversation about a need for a nurse, she takes on a job as private nurse for burn victim Josef (Robbins). He is bedridden on an offshore oil rig after a fire on the rig, and has severe burns and is temporarily blinded. The rig is not operational awaiting an investigation, and few people remain on board.
Beowulf & Grendel, 1h42
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Films based on mythology, Poésie, Transport films, Films set in the Viking Age, Films based on Norse mythology, Adaptation d'un poème
Actors Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Spencer Wilding, Sarah Polley, Eddie Marsan, Tony Curran
Roles Selma
Rating58% 2.9008452.9008452.9008452.9008452.900845
In 500 A.D., Hrothgar, king of Denmark, and a group of warriors chase a large and burly man, whom they consider a troll, and his young son, to the edge of deep cliff. The father directs his young son, Grendel, to hide from the attackers' view; whereupon The Danes shoot the father dead, and his dead body plunges onto the beach far below. The Danish king sees the young Grendel, but spares him. Later, Grendel finds his father's body and cuts the head off to take it home. Many years later, the severed (and mummified) head is inside a cave where the boy Grendel has become as large and powerful as his father, and plans revenge.
Don't Come Knocking, 1h52
Directed by Wim Wenders
Origin German
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk
Roles Sky
Rating65% 3.299793.299793.299793.299793.29979
Shepard stars as Howard Spence, an aging, hard-living Western movie star, who, disgusted with his life, flees by horse from the set of his latest western filming in the desert outside Moab, Utah. He hits the road looking for refuge in his past, traveling to his hometown of Elko, Nevada and, eventually, to Butte, Montana, looking for a woman (Jessica Lange) he left behind twenty years before when he was filming a movie there. Also converging on Butte is a young woman named Sky (Sarah Polley), returning her late mother's ashes to her hometown and conducting a search of her own.
Dawn of the Dead, 1h40
Directed by Zack Snyder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Zegers, Ty Burrell
Roles Ana
Rating72% 3.6481453.6481453.6481453.6481453.648145
After finishing a long shift, nurse Ana returns to her suburban neighborhood and her husband, Luis. Caught up in a scheduled date night, they miss an emergency news bulletin. The next morning, a neighborhood girl enters their bedroom and kills Luis, who immediately reanimates as a zombie and attacks Ana. She flees in her car but crashes and passes out. Upon waking, Ana joins with Police Sergeant Kenneth Hall, electronics salesman Michael, petty criminal Andre and his pregnant wife, Luda. They break into a nearby mall and are attacked by a zombified security guard, who scratches Luda. They are also confronted by three living guards — C.J., Bart, and Terry — who make them surrender their weapons in exchange for refuge. They split into groups to secure the mall and then go to the roof, where they see another survivor, Andy, who is stranded alone in his gun store across the zombie-infested parking lot.
The I Inside, 1h30
Directed by Roland Suso Richter
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Théâtre, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films based on plays, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Polley, Piper Perabo, Stephen Rea, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Lang
Roles Clair
Rating60% 3.0489453.0489453.0489453.0489453.048945
Simon Cable wakes up in a hospital bed, confused and disoriented. He soon discovers from doctors that he has amnesia and is unable to remember the last two years of his life. Cable investigates what has happened to him and slowly pieces together his enigmatic past.
My Life Without Me, 1h46
Directed by Isabel Coixet
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about cancer
Actors Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Plummer, Leonor Watling, Debbie Harry
Roles Ann
Rating74% 3.7433253.7433253.7433253.7433253.743325
Ann (Sarah Polley) is a hard-working 23-year-old mother with two small daughters, an unemployed husband (Scott Speedman), a mother (Deborah Harry) who sees her life as a failure, and a jailed father whom she has not seen in ten years. Her life changes dramatically when, during a medical checkup following a collapse, she is diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer and told she has only two months to live. Deciding not to tell anyone of her condition, using the cover of anemia, Ann makes a list of things to do before she dies. She decides to change her hair, record birthday messages for the girls for every year until they're 18, and tries to set up her husband with another woman. Feeling a longing to experience a life that was never available to her, she seeks out a man to experience how it feels to be in a sexual relationship with someone other than her husband. Her experiment ends up taking an emotional toll when she meets with a man named Lee, who ends up madly in love with her and is left heartbroken when Ann breaks up. He meets with her one last time and says that he will do anything to make her happy, taking care of her daughters and even finding her husband a job. She ends their relationship and never tells him that she is dying. At the end of the film Ann records a message to her husband telling him that she loves him and another one to Lee telling him the same. She then leaves all tapes she has recorded with her doctor asking him to deliver them after her death.
No Such Thing, 1h42
Directed by Hal Hartley
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Actors Sarah Polley, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie, Robert John Burke, Baltasar Kormákur, Erica Gimpel
Roles Beatrice
Rating60% 3.04933.04933.04933.04933.0493
Beatrice (Sarah Polley) is a young woman working in a media center under a woman known only as The Boss (Helen Mirren). She receives a recording from her fiancé Jim, who has been sent as part of a small production crew to Iceland to investigate a Monster that lives there. Determined to find her fiancé, Beatrice convinces her boss to send her to Iceland, but her plane crashes. She is the only survivor and, in order to walk again, undergoes an extremely painful, radical surgery. As she recovers, she befriends Dr. Anna (Julie Christie), who helps her travel to the remote village where the monster lives.