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Local filmmaker's latest flick to premiere at Vancouver Film Fest

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A variation of the Hansel and Gretel story set on the Manitoba prairie, H&G is also about a pair of siblings who must fend for themselves when they are abandoned.

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A variation of the Hansel and Gretel story set on the Manitoba prairie, H&G is also about a pair of siblings who must fend for themselves when they are abandoned.

Winnipeg filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy is heading to the Vancouver International Film Festival later this month to debut her sophomore feature film, H&G.

Esterhazy’s new film is a more fanciful effort compared to Black Field, her debut feature about a pair of frontier sisters whose relationship is shattered by the intrusion of a mysterious loner. A variation of the Hansel and Gretel story set on the Manitoba prairie, H&G is also about a pair of siblings who must fend for themselves when they are abandoned.

The film screens Saturday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Vancouver fest. Vancouver audiences have proved to be especially receptive to Esterhazy’s work. Black Field won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival.

The film was shot on a $5,000 budget over two weeks in Winnipeg and Oakbank.

‘We may have a tiny budget but we are premiering our film alongside multi-million dollar and award-winning films from around the world," said co-writer and producer Rebecca Gibson.

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