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** Richard Wagamese adaptation Indian Horse wins audience award at VIFF **

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. Indian Horse stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Edna Manitouwabe as well as Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT), Michael Murphy (AWAY FROM HER), Michael Lawrenchuck (TOKYO COWBOY), Johnny Issaluk (TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR) and Michiel Husiman (THE AGE OF ADALINE).

In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime – hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. He seems to see the game in a way no other player can.

His talent leads him away from the misery of the school, eventually leading him to the Pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past are always present,and threaten to derail his promising career and future. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing.

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Richard Wagamese

RICHARD WAGAMESE
Oct 14, 1955 – Mar 10, 2017
Author of Indian Horse, the novel.

“It has been a pleasure developing Indian Horse with Screen Siren Pictures who were extremely dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the story of Saul Indian Horse and the screenplay reflects that devotion. It’s a powerful, stark, touching and empathetic retelling of my novel.”

For more about the film, visit:
indianhorse.ca/en/film

For more about Richard Wagamese, visit:
richardwagameseauthor.com

“…Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“Wagamese pulls off a fine balancing act: exposing the horrors of the country’s residential schools while also celebrating Canada’s national game.”
– JAMES GRAINGER, GLOBE & MAIL

“Shocking and alien, valuable and true. “
– JANE SMILEY GLOBE & MAIL

“Wagemese’s writing qualifies as an act of courage.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“…raw and authentic.”
– VANCOUVER WEEKLY

ELEVATION PICTURES PRESENTS
A SCREEN SIREN PICTURES TERMINAL CITY PICTURES & DEVONSHIRE PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH TELEFILM CANADA
SLADEN PELTIER FORREST GOODLUCK AJUAWAK KAPASHESIT and MICHIEL HUISMAN as Father Gaston “INDIAN HORSE”
BASED ON THE BOOK WRITTEN BY RICHARD WAGAMESE US CASTING BY RENE HAYNES,CSA CANADA CASTING BY JUDY LEE MELISSA A. SMITH,CDC JENNY LEWIS SARA KAY
CO-PRODUCER TEX ANTONUCCI MUSIC BY JESSE ZUBOT EDITORS GEOFF ASHENHURST, CCE JAMIE ALAIN, CCE
COSTUME DESIGNER ALINE GILMORE PRODUCTION DESIGNER OLEG SAVYTSKI ROCCO MATTEO DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRPAHY YVES BELANGER, CSC
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RICHARD WAGAMESE CLINT EASTWOOD ROGER FRAPPIER STEPHEN S. CAMPANELLI LAURIE MAY ADRIAN LOVE
PRODUCED BY CHRISTINE HAEBLER TRISH DOLMAN PAULA DEVONSHIRE SCREENPLAY BY DENNIS FOON DIRECTED BY STEPHEN S. CAMPANELLI
PRODUCED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE NORTHERN ONTARIO HERITAGE FUND THE ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION THE BELL FUND THE SHAW ROCKET FUND AND THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MOVIE NETWORK, A DIVISION OF BELL MEDIA DEVELOPED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SUPER CHANNEL | COGECO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FUND | CREATIVE BC
PRODUCED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF WILLIAM F. WHITES | ENCORE VANCOUVER | PANAVISION CANADA
PRODUCED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT AND THE PROVINCE OF BC – FILM INCENTIVE BC
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