WAG Screening Danishka Esterhazy Films
On Thursday, June 21 the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be screening two films by acclaimed Canadian writer/director Daniskha Esterhazy who is celebrated for her visually stunning and character-driven films that have been screened at festivals in Spain, South Korea, France, Hollywood, Italy, and all across Canada. The screening will take place at 7pm, to be followed by a question and answer with Esterhazy. It is included with the cost of Gallery admission.
The Red Hood is a dark re-telling of the classic fable Little Red Riding Hood, set in the Canadian prairie during the Great Depression. The Snow Queen tells the story of a young girl growing up in Winnipeg’s North End who creates a fairy-tale alter ego to escape a difficult home life
Danishka Esterhazy began her film studies at the Winnipeg Film Group, the quirky cooperative which also produced filmmakers Guy Maddin and John Paizs. She is a graduate of the National Screen Institute and the Canadian Film Centre, the renowned film school founded by Norman Jewison. Her debut feature, Black Field, won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. In 2004 Esterhazy won the National Screen Institute's Drama Prize for her short film The Snow Queen. Two years later she won the National Screen Institute's Features First prize for her feature script Level 16.
Esterhazy uses the prairie setting to her full advantage, filling time and space with breathtaking visuals that immerse the viewer while mirroring the inner workings of the characters • Row Three
“Writer/director Esterhazy gets the feel of rugged prairie life just right. • Variety
This film screening is held in conjunction with the exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, on at the WAG from June 15 to September 2.
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