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Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

Ignite | Youth | BC Spotlight

Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses is a beautifully narrated and colourfully animated story of a young girl’s journey toward self-discovery. After being invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, by a mysterious figure, Rosie Ming faces challenges and discoveries that ultimately lead to her self-realization. Unaware of the reasons behind her father’s disappearance, she has her perspective and conscience awakened by her experiences and the information she uncovers.

The first feature-length animation from the NFB to be selected for the festival since Pierre Hébert’s La plante humaine, the film features a rich colour palette sure to tantalize the audience. At times, it gives way to guest-animated sequences in which poetic illustration and artistic expression convey the spiritedness of living freely. Window Horses uses poetry, music and illustration to celebrate the value of accepting cultures, opening one’s mind and tapping into unknown aspects of the self as a form of self-transformation and spiritual transcendence. The superb voice cast includes festival veterans Don McKellar, Sandra Oh and Ellen Page.

"This is not just a visual treat, it’s a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling."—Wendy Ide, Screen

VIFF Repeat Screening
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2016
Running Time: 89 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: G - Violence
Language:In English, Farcy, Mandarin with English subtitles
Cast: Sandra Oh, Nancy Kwan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Camyar Chaichian, Don McKellar, Ellen Page
Executive Producer: Sandra Oh
Producer: Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima
Screenwriter: Ann Marie Fleming
Editor: Ann Marie Fleming, Ileana Pietrobruno, Jean-Denis Rouette
Music: Taymaz Saba
Production Company: Stick Girl Productions / National Film Board Of Canada
Distributor: Mongrel Media Inc.

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