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2017 SDAFF Spring Showcase


Directed by Ann Marie Fleming

Asian American Panorama / Canada / 2016 / animation, comedy / 88 mins / English, Farsi, Mandarin with English subtitles / DCP

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UltraStar Mission Valley
Saturday, April 22, 2017 1:00 pm


Jury Prize, 2016 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
Best Canadian Film, 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival

Young Canadian Rosie Ming may work at a french fry counter, but she yearns for France – specifically, the France of Cousteau and Baudelaire. To Rosie’s chagrin, her secretly self-published book of poems takes her not to France but to a poetry festival in Iran. And so Rosie trades her beret for a chador and makes her first trip out of Vancouver.

In Shiraz, Rosie is introduced to the world, from an über-rude German poetry dude, to an exiled Chinese dissident who teaches Rosie the political history of her own people. Through these encounters, we soon discover what neither Rosie nor her Chinese grandparents in Canada had cared to say out loud: that Rosie has an Iranian father who abandoned her and her mother years ago. For Rosie, this trip through the literary culture of Iran becomes not a detour from her beloved Paris but a head-first dive into a suppressed part of her own identity.

Collaborating with all-star voice talents like Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nancy Kwan, and Ellen Page, director Ann Marie Fleming (The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, ’04 SDAFF Grand Jury Award) immerses Rosie in a wonderland of 2D styles that capture the romantic whimsy and proliferating grace of self-discovery. WINDOW HORSES is a vibrant, funny story about the unexpected translations of words and hearts. –Brian Hu



Director's Bio

1993: New Shoes
1993: It’s Me Again
1996: Automatic Writing
2001: Lip Service: A Mystery
2005: The French Guy


Producer: Ann Marie Fleming, Sandra Oh
Writer: Ann Marie Fleming, Maryam Najafi
Starring: Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Peyman Moaadi, Kristen Thomson, Navid Negahban, Omid Abtahi, Nancy Kwan, Ellen Page

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UltraStar Mission Valley
Saturday, April 22, 2017 1:00 pm