Film buffs the world over are already looking forward to March’s 95th Academy Awards, but some Manitobans will be paying special attention to one of the nominees.
Women Talking, up for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay honours, is a drama written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley, adapted from the novel by Steinbach, Man., author Miriam Toews.
The local connections don’t end at the source material, however. Costume designer Quita Alfred — herself a Winnipegger — took a deep dive into Manitoba Mennonite history to come up with the film’s distinctive, authentic look.
“My work was made much easier by a lot of local people here in Manitoba,” Alfred told 680 CJOB’s Connecting Winnipeg.
“I was put in contact with a consultant in Winkler, Manitoba — a Mennonite consultant — who opened the doors to me to the culture and to the people I needed to get in contact with to make sure these costumes were going to be authentic to the Russian Mennonite plain dress.