9 items from 2015
His new film, The Forbidden Room, features amnesiac chanteuses, a jungle vampire and tormented buttock obsessives. So business as usual, then, for the cult auteur
Apart from the fact that the action begins underwater – in a submarine facing certain doom – Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room is something of an underground movie. All the Canadian director’s films are, in a sense. They’re made beyond the mainstream of art cinema, usually on scrimp-and-save budgets, and display the exalted amateur obsessiveness that marks the true outsider film-maker. And Maddin’s work has another quintessentially underground quality: the sense that he’s mining the unconscious not only of his perverse psyche but of cinema itself.
The Forbidden Room is the culmination of the 59-year-old’s 30-year career that began when Maddin would make eerie pastiches of silent-era cinema in his mother’s old hair salon, part of his family’s Winnipeg home. »
- Jonathan Romney
Dreams! Visions! Madness!: Maddin & Johnson’s Extravagant Symphony of Silent Cinema Fantasia
Those familiar with the works of auteur Guy Maddin, sometimes referred to as the Canadian David Lynch, know to expect strange hybrids of silence film techniques mixed with zany weirdness that often reflect delightfully perverse and sometimes queer dynamics mixed in with its dashes of visual inventiveness and extreme narrative playfulness. While he still creates a healthy amount of short film projects and is involved with other installations in-between feature films, including several notable unions with actress Isabella Rossellini, who has starred in The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Keyhole (2011) and as narrator of the brilliant Brand Upon the Brain! (2006), his latest has been in gestation over a period of several years, at one point known as Seances and Spiritismes, and it was uncertain whether this would ever be a theatrical release. Known finally as The Forbidden Room, »
- Nicholas Bell
Guy Maddin’s silliest and (relatively speaking) starriest feature since “The Saddest Music in the World,” “The Forbidden Room” looks set to gain his widest audience since that 2003 opus as well. It’s not necessarily one of his best, however, as this project originally conceived for the internet still plays as the series of disconnected pranks and whimsies it began as, refusing to coalesce into any focused whole. As with “Music,” those hitherto unacquainted with the helmer’s unique sensibility should have no trouble getting the joke. But it’s also a repetitious, rather formless jest that will wear out its welcome for many viewers long before jerking to a halt at the two-hour mark. It opens its U.S. theatrical run on Oct. 7, and should slightly expand on Maddin’s prior niche b.o. in friendly arthouse markets.
“Room” is an offshoot of “Seances,” an interactive online menu of »
- Dennis Harvey
The 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema has just announced their entire lineup and it’s pretty insane! The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Give credit to the team of programmers: Claude Chamberlan, Dimitri Eipides Julien Fonfrède, Philippe Gajan, Karolewicz Daniel, Marie-Hélène Brousseau, Katayoun Dibamehr and Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette.
Below is the lineup. There’s a lot to process so take your sweet time!
Opening and closing
After its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last May, the new opus unconventional Belgian director, starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Three Hearts, Ransom of Glory), Yolande Moreau (Mammuth, »
Art house distributor Kino Lorber has an outstanding lineup at Tiff 2015 that includes some of the most acclaimed international films of the year. Miguel Gomes' "Arabian Nights," which Volume 2 (The Desolate One) was just announced as Portugal's Oscar entry; Guatemala's "Ixcanul," which will also represent the Central American country at the Academy Awards; and Jafar Panahi's latest clandestine feature ,"Taxi," made under incredibly difficult conditions and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, are among their upcoming titles.
Take a look at when and where you can catch some of these films while you are at Tiff this week.
"Arabian Nights Trilogy" [Wavelengths]
A major hit at this year's Cannes, this epic, three-part contemporary fable by Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes ( "Tabu" ) adopts the structure from "Arabian Nights" in order to explore Portugal's plunge into austery.
Directed by Miguel Gomes
Screening with Volume 1-3,
9/19/15, Public Screening, 1pm, Jackman Hall
"Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One" [Wavelengths]
Directed by Miguel Gomes
North American Premiere, 125 minutes
Opens Dec. 4th in New York (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
9/19/15, Public Screening, 11:45am, Jackman Hall
"Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One" [Wavelengths]
Directed by Miguel Gomes
North American Premiere, 131 minutes
Opens Dec. 11th in New York (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
9/19/15, Public Screening, 3pm, Jackman Hall
"Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One" [Wavelengths]
Directed by Miguel Gomes
American Premiere, 125 minutes
Opens Dec. 18th in New York (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
9/14/15, P&I 1, 7:15pm, Scotiabank 6
9/16/15, Public Screening, 6:15pm, Jackman Hall
In this dreamlike fusion of documentary and fable, two young, impoverished Mayan lovers escape from their servitude on a remote Guatemalan coffee plantation and attempt to make their way to the United States.
Directed by Jayro Bustamante
Canadian Premiere, 93 minutes
9/16/15, Public Screening, 6:30pm, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2
9/18/15, Public Screening, 9:30am, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2
9/20/15, Public Screening, 9:30pm, Scotiabank 2
Directed by Jafar Panahi
Canadian Premiere, 82 minutes
Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival
Opens Oct. 2nd in New York (IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas)
9/17/15, Public Screening, 5pm, Winter Garden Theatre
9/19/15, Public Screening, 3:30pm, Cinema 1
"Mountains May Depart" [Masters]
The new film from Mainland master Jia Zhangke ("A Touch of Sin") jumps from the recent past to the speculative near-future as it examines how China's economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.
Directed by Jia Zhangke
North American Premiere, approximately 131 minutes
9/14/15, Public Screening, 9:30pm, Princess of Wales
9/15/15, Public Screening, 11:45am, Cinema 1
"The Forbidden Room" [Wavelengths]
Evan Johnson and Winnipeg’s wizard of the weird Guy Maddin ("My Winnipeg," "The Saddest Music in the World") plunge us into celluloid delirium with this mad, multi-narrative maze of phantasmal fables.
North American Premiere, 119 minutes
Opens Oct. 7th at New York's Film Forum.
9/16/15, Public Screening, 9:15pm, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2
9/18/15, Public Screening, 3:15pm, Jackman Hall
"The Pearl Button" [Masters]
The great Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán ("The Battle of Chile," "Nostalgia for the Light") chronicles the history of the indigenous peoples of Chilean Patagonia, whose decimation by colonial conquest prefigured the brutality of the Pinochet regime.
Directed by Patricio Guzman
North American Premiere, 82 minutes
Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival
Opens Oct. 23rd in New York City (IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas)
9/13/15, Public Screening, 11:30am, Tiff Bell Lightbox 3
9/18/15, Public 3Screening, 3pm, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2 »
- Carlos Aguilar
The BFI London Film Festival has unveiled its industry programme and added three innovative film-makers to new strand Lff Connects.
Industry talks Lff Connects, which aim to explore the future of film and how film engages with other creative industries, has added writer, director, visual artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson; filmmaker and artist Guy Maddin; and virtual reality maestro Chris Milk.
Us artist Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created ground-breaking works that span the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music.
Her new documentary Heart of the Dog, which screens as a new programme addition at Lff, is her first feature since the 1986 concert movie Home of the Brave. At Lff Connects, Anderson will talk about her creative approach to filmmaking and how »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Tiff is about to kick off, and it wouldn’t be Tiff without a new film from Guy Maddin. The Canadian filmmaker, the man behind “Twilight Of The Ice Nymphs,” “The Saddest Music In The World” and “My Winnipeg,” among many others, is one of the country’s great arthouse exports, a filmmaker whose work both celebrates and examines film history while delving into all kinds of different subjects. Maddin’s latest is “The Forbidden Room,” and it’s heading to Tiff from Berlin and Sundance. To mark the occasion, Entertainment Weekly have debuted a new trailer for the film. Co-directed with his student Evan Johnson, the film is firmly in the phantasmagoric tradition of Maddin’s earlier work, with the usual silent cinema nods, a loose plot involving a submarine crew, and a starry cast featuring Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Caroline Dhavernas, Charlotte Rampling, Ariane Labed and more. Maddin’s not for everyone, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all Us rights to Guy Maddin’s (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) The Forbidden Room (2015), following the film’s world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
The Forbidden Room was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada (Nfb), with the participation of Telefilm Canada and with the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music and Sodec.
“I feel fantastic about Richard Lorber and his team handling The Forbidden Room,” wrote director Guy Maddin. “When we first met, before he saw the movie, I felt that rare pleasure of tastes synching up every second moment, but immediately after the screening we connected with wondrous electrified crackles! It was like we were giddily letting this film finish each other’s sentences for us! Our movie instantly galvanized a shared experience. It’s only right, and extremely thrilling, »
- Michelle McCue
With January being the traditional low point of the movie season, cinephiles from around the world look to the Sundance Film Festival for some glimmer of hope. America’s preeminent independent film festival has graduated some heavy-hitters over the years, including Whiplash, Ida, and Boyhood from last year’s class. 2015’s program boasts an unprecedented balance between drama and comedy premieres, ensuring that everyone from general audiences to discerning film students will leave happy. Like any good buffet table, however, Sundance simply has too much good stuff to consume, unless you don’t mind unbuckling your belt in a crowded movie theater. With that in mind, here are a few of the more hotly-anticipated titles from this year’s festival.
The Psychology Triumvirate
Psychology buffs rejoice! This year’s Sundance is presenting three movies that might someday be found in a Psych 101 course syllabus. From the U.S. Dramatic Competition, »
- J.R. Kinnard
9 items from 2015
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