Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

Ann Marie FlemingCanada88 minutes2016PGColourEnglish Farsi Mandarin

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Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar lend their voices to this warm and witty animated feature by Ann Marie Fleming (The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam), about a young Canadian poet who undergoes a life-changing experience when she attends a poetry festival in Iran.

Ann Marie Fleming, one of Canada’s most beloved animators, is back with an extraordinary tale of art, history, and family. Rosie is a young Canadian poet of Chinese and Persian descent, living in Vancouver with her overprotective but loving Chinese grandparents and dreaming of an artistic and glamorous life abroad. An invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, rocks her boat, and though she has never travelled on her own, she decides to embark on the trip that will change her life. In Iran, Rosie meets fellow artists who become guides to her own narrative, offering new perspectives on the story of a father she thought had abandoned her. Voiced by an all-star cast that includes Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, and Don McKellar, the characters display the intelligence and humour typical of Fleming’s work. The film seamlessly integrates different animation styles to express diverse experiences; the richness of this world is presented for the audience to marvel at with the same wide-eyed wonder as Rosie.

Ann Marie Fleming, l'une des cinéastes d'animation canadiennes les plus estimées, est de retour avec une extraordinaire fable sur l'art, l'histoire et la famille. Jeune poétesse canadienne d'origine chinoise et persane, Rosie vit à Vancouver avec ses grands-parents chinois qui la surprotègent. Elle rêve d'unevie à l'étranger remplie d'art et de glamour. Lorsqu'un festival de poésie iranien l'invite, elle saute promptement sur l'occasion, même si elle n'a jamais voyagé seule auparavant. Et cette aventure transformera son existence à jamais. En Iran, Rosie rencontre d'autres artistes qui deviennent en quelque sorte les guides de sa propre histoire, lui permettant d'en apprendre plus sur son père,qui l'a soi-disant abandonnée. Grâce aux voix que leur prêtent les vedettes Sandra Oh, Ellen Page et Don McKellar, les personnages véhiculent l'humour et l'esprit qui caractérisent l'œuvre de Fleming. Intégrant avec brio diverses techniques d'animation pour exprimer différentes expériences, Window Horses offre au spectateur un univers riche dans lequel il peut déambuler avec fascination, tout comme le fait Rosie.

AnimationHistoryFamilyLiterary InterestWest AsiaCanadaFemale Director
Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming was born in Okinawa. She studied English at the University of British Columbia, animation at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Open University, and completed a Master's degree at Simon Fraser University's School of Contemporary Arts. Her features include Automatic Writing (96), The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (03), The French Guy (05), and Window Horses (16).