Winnipeg costume designer says Manitoba mentors shared Mennonite culture for Best Picture nominee – Winnipeg IG News

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Movie fans around the world are already looking forward to March’s 95th Academy Awards, but few Manitobans will be paying special attention to one of the nominees.

woman talkingUp for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay honors is Steinbach, Man, a drama written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley, adapted from the novel by author Miriam Toews.

However, the local connections don’t end at the source material. Costume designer Quita Alfred — herself a Winnipeggar — did a deep dive into Manitoba Mennonite history to come up with the film’s distinctive, authentic look.

“My job was made a lot easier by a lot of the local people here in Manitoba,” Alfred told 680 CJOB. connect winnipeg,

“I was put in touch with a mentor in Winkler, Manitoba—a Mennonite mentor—who opened doors for me to the culture and the people I needed to liaise with to make sure these costumes were going to be authentic.” Russian Mennonite plain dress.

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“I was given access to vendors and processes and history that I would never have had access to otherwise, so I’m grateful for that.”

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The film – inspired by real-life events in a Mennonite colony named after the province of Manitoba in Bolivia – focuses on Mennonite women who discover that men in their community have been sexually assaulted for years.

Alfred, who has worked in film and TV for more than three decades, said she knew woman talking Something special was about to happen the first time she saw Polly’s script.

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“I knew it when I read Sarah’s script immediately. The beauty of the adaptation and the power of Miriam’s novel…. From my first reading I felt it was like no others,” she said.

“Sarah was recognized and Mary was recognized … and I’m so happy for everyone involved.

“I’ve worked on a lot of big films in the past, but to be this close to this excitement is definitely new.”


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