October 22 (Saturday) 5.30 pm
Title: Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) (CAN 2016 88′)
Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Studio: Sleepy Dog Films
Being the very first animated feature of the award-winning Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, the film features Fleming’s long-established animated avatar Stickgirl ‘starring’ as Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet with Chinese and Persian parents. When she finds herself invited to participate in a poetry festival in Iran, she goes through life-changing experiences. Window Horses is filled with poems and histories created by a variety of artists and animators, who set out to blend a vast myriad of differences between cultures and philosophies.
The film had an all-star cast with such renowned Canadian actors as Sandra Oh (who is also one of the producers of the film) and the regularly outspoken activist-actress Ellen Page. The production costs of Window Horses was gathered via crowdfunding, and it took 2 years to realize the film. This year Window Horses had its world premier in the competition programme of the Annecy International Animation Festival, and also got selected to the Toronto International Film Festival.
At Primanima, the film will be accompanied by Fleming’s multi-awarded short animated documentary I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, based on the autobiographical comic book by Bernice Eisenstein.