Ann Marie FlemingCanada88 minutes2016ColourEnglish Farsi Mandarin
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.
– MAGALI SIMARD
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.
Magali Simard is Manager of Film Programmes at TIFF, where she works on New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque, and ongoing series. Simard contributed film notes to the TIFF publication Toronto on Film, and has written for local online publications. She has been a jury member for the Alberta Film and Television Awards since 2009, was on the short film jury for the 2010 Outfest in Los Angeles, acted as a guest programmer for the 2011 Perceides Festival, and served on the jury for the 2012 Berlinale Teddy Awards. Simard is a regular guest on Radio-Canada's French-language radio and has hosted screenings for the National Film Board, the National Screen Institute, and Ryerson University.
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe from Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he has appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing Theatrical, Cinematheque, Film Circuit and Exhibition programming. Wente has curated retrospectives on Indigenous Cinema, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and Keanu Reeves. He has appeared in movies such as Reel Injun and Nightmare Factory. Currently a board member on the Toronto Arts Council, Wente has also served on the boards of the imagineNATIVE Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts.