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‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival

‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival
It’s usually unwise to remake a masterpiece, but Guy Maddin has something different planned for “The Green Fog,” a meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Unlike Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned 1998 shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho,” the Canadian director has revisited the 1958 thriller as an assemblage of old footage from San Francisco, the city where “Vertigo” takes place.

However, the project was never intended to have anything to do with “Vertigo.”

In “The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia,” commissioned by San Francisco Film Society and set to close the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th edition on April 16, Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson explore what Maddin has called “a rhapsody” on the Hitchcock movie. Set to an original score by composer Jacob Garchik that will be performed live by the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, the 63-minute “The Green Fog” reimagines the movie through an assemblage of
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Denis Villeneuve to attend Canadian cinema celebration in La

Denis Villeneuve to attend Canadian cinema celebration in La
April event celebrates 150th anniversary of Canada.

A celebration of Canadian cinema will take place in Los Angeles from April 18-23 with a variety of screenings at The Cinefamily and The Aero.

The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles will celebrate Canadian Film Day 150 (Ncfd 150), presented by Reel Canada, with a free marathon of films to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The event will run on April 18 and 19 at The Cinemafamily theatre in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles screenings will kick-off on April 18 with Polytechnique from Denis Villeneuve and continue with The Saddest Music In The World, Meatballs, Strange Brew, and Villeneuve’s Incendies, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Canada Now: Best New Films 2017, presented by Telefilm Canada, will feature eight new Canadian films from the festival circuit and will screen from April 20–23 at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, with several post-screening discussions.

Anne Émond’s biopic Nelly, about Quebec
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‘My Winnipeg’: Illusion Travels by Streetcar

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

It’s some time after midnight, and you’re riding the bus. The rehearsed movements from here to bed are already running through your head: ten or eleven more blocks, fifty steps to the building door, up two flights of stairs,
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Collaborative Essay/Music Project March Sadness Enters its Final Four

With Paula Bernstein writing today about Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World, I was reminded to post about a cool internet essay/music project by Ander Monson with Megan Campbell, March Sadness. For those a bit blue, and no following college basketball — and, probably, more than a few who do — the month-long series has paired off sad songs for voters to up and downvote, mixing in essays on the music by Rick Moody, Juan Diaz, Megan Campbell and others. Explains Monson: So this March I’ve been running this project called March Sadness. Well, I’m already oversimplifying: we […]
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Guy Maddin on The Saddest Music in The World and His Interactive Seances

It only seemed fitting that Portland-based folk musician Michael Hurley would perform a short set of sad songs before the screening of Guy Maddin’s 2003 experimental melodrama The Saddest Music in the World on Friday, March 25 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Maddin himself was in attendance for the sold-out screening, which was presented as part of the Hollywood’s Mississippi Records Music & Film Series. In introducing the film, Maddin said it was a treat to “show this movie I barely remember making. I think what I recall is the movie is about a sad song contest, so Michael [Hurley], I […]
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Astron 6 Team With Guy Maddin And Rachel Talalay For Divorced Dad

It's a collision of seemingly disparate but each compellingly odd and wonderful forces of the Canadian film scene with word that the madmen at Astron 6 (Father's Day, The Editor) have teamed up with Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music In The World) and Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare) to create upcoming web series Divorced Dad. Divorced Dad is a love letter to the endearingly incompetent cable access television shows created by far from screen-ready small town celebrities during the 1980’s and 90’s. Divorced Dad, a post-marriage professional, hosts a well meaning but disastrously inept self-help talk show intended to help guide newly single fathers through the difficulties and fun of single life. Airing on the first and third weekend of every...

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Guy Maddin on his surreal seances and sexploitation remakes

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.
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The Forbidden Room | Review

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,
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Film Review: ‘The Forbidden Room’

Film Review: ‘The Forbidden Room’
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
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The 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma announces lineup of nearly 400 films

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

The whole New Testament directed by Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero, Mr Nobody, The Eighth Day), will kick off this 44th edition.

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,
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Kino Lorber's Impressive Slate at Tiff 2015 Includes Outstanding International Titles

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,

381 minutes

Screening Date:

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)

Upcoming Screening:

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)

Upcoming Screening:

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)

Upcoming Screenings:

9/14/15, P&I 1, 7:15pm, Scotiabank 6

9/16/15, Public Screening, 6:15pm, Jackman Hall

"Ixcanul" [Discovery]

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

Upcoming Screenings:

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

"Jafar Panahi's Taxi" [Masters]

Shooting almost entirely within a cab circling the streets of Tehran, the great director Jafar Panahi ( "Offside," "This Is Not a Film") offers a multilayered mosaic of life in today's Iran.

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)

Upcoming Screenings:

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

Upcoming Screenings:

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.

Directed by Guy Maddin and co-directed by Evan Johnson.

North American Premiere, 119 minutes

Opens Oct. 7th at New York's Film Forum.

Upcoming Screenings:

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)

Upcoming Screenings:

9/13/15, Public Screening, 11:30am, Tiff Bell Lightbox 3

9/18/15, Public 3Screening, 3pm, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2
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Lff Connects adds Anderson, Maddin, Milk

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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.

This is on top of the previously announced talk featuring Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean.

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
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Watch: Trailer For Guy Maddin's Latest Visually Extraordinary Phantasmagoria 'The Forbidden Room'

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,
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Kino Lorber Acquires All Us Rights to Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

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,
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Sundance 2015: Most Anticipated Films

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,
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Daily | Cronenberg, Lynch, Maddin

Jonathan Lethem's reviewed David Cronenberg's first novel, Consumed, for the New York Times. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Morgan Meis on David Lynch's paintings and films; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Adrian Martin on Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream (1993); Reverse Shot on three films by Martin Scorsese; Nick Pinkerton on Hype Williams's Belly (1998); and from the New Yorker's archive, six classic profiles: Diane Keaton, Angela Bassett, Julia Roberts, Tilda Swinton, Katharine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett. » - David Hudson
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Telluride Film Festival 2014: Most Anticipated

Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz.
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Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan to Present Film Series at Telluride Film Festival

Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan to Present Film Series at Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival announced today Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan as the 2014 guest directors. The husband and wife duo will select and present a series of films at the 41st Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 - September 1, 2014. Maddin is screen-writer, director, author, cinematographer and film editor of both features and short films, as well as an installation artist. He is known for works such as "My Winnipeg" (2007) and "The Saddest Music in the World" (2003). Morgan is a film, music and culture writer who has written for Salon, GQ, La Weekly, Criterion, MSN Movies, Huffington Post, IFC, Entertainment Weekly, The Dissolve, Playboy, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Garage Magazine. Both commented jointly,"We are honored and thrilled to be guest directors at Telluride, by far the most concentrated, smartly curated, and enchanting of all the film festivals." Festival passes are now available at the Telluride Film.
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Telluride Film Festival Taps Guy Maddin, Kim Morgan as Guest Directors

The Telluride Film Festival has tapped spouses Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan to serve as guest directors for the 41st edition of the festival on Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

The duo will present six films, focusing on new ideas and overlooked titles. As with the rest of the lineup, the names will be unveiled on opening day.

“Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s Festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination – our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the Festival!”

The duo told Variety that they have already selected the six films, which include one restored print.

“What we particularly like about Telluride is that they’re willing to take a chance,” Maddin said. “We want people to be
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Atom Egoyan’s The Captive

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Perhaps not as sturdy or as developed as it is with Cannes or Tiff, Atom Egoyan’s relationship with Sundance remains a good one when you double his output of films directed (Next of Kin and Exotica) with films that he exec-produced in The Saddest Music in the World and Away From Her. Formerly going by the title of “Queen of the Night,” The Captive features Ryan Reynolds, Egoyan lucky charm Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and the almost always dependable Bruce Greenwood in what should be some welcome genre diversion at the fest and one that will make us forget about the poorly executed Devil’s Knot.

Gist: Written by Egoyan & David Fraser, a pick up truck pulls off the highway at a diner. Confident that his young daughter is safe in the back seat and promising to return with ice cream, the father
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