A charming feature from one of Canada's best loved, award winning animators, Ann Marie Fleming, voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.
When we first meet Rosie (voiced by Sandra Oh, also executive producer) she's flipping burgers in Canada and living with her overprotective Chinese immigrant grandparents. She dreams of travelling, going so far as to self-publish a book of poems in praise of France. Her Iranian father disappeared when she was a child, so when she's unexpectedly invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Rosie is over the moon. The journey will take her further than she could ever imagine, as she discovers her heritage and the Persian love of poetry. Fleming (The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, SFF 2004) tells the story of Rosie's journey, both inward and outward, with great humour and colour-filled imagery inspired by a myriad of cultures.
This is not just a visual treat, it's a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling. – Wendy Ide, Screen International
In the film's finest moments, as a generous Iranian host explains traditional Farsi poetry, the animation and the themes mingle and explode in a riot of cross-cultural colour as the stringy Canadian cartoon meets gorgeously rendered illustrations – and personifications – of Persian traditions. – Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail
Festival guest: Ann Marie Fleming
Talk: After the Saturday 17 June screening is An Animated Conversation with Ann Marie Fleming in the Festival Hub, starting at 6.00 pm
In partnership with:
Ann Marie Fleming
English, Chinese, German and Farsi with English subtitles
La Vie En Rosie - L'epopee persane de Rosie Ming
Ann Marie Fleming
Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima
Ann Marie Fleming, Ileana Pietrobruno, Jean-Denis Rouette
Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ellen Page
Animation, Women, Family, Festival Award Winners, Middle East
World Sales: National Film Board of Canada