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Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Gretchen Krich ... Mother
Sullivan Brown ... Young Guy Maddin
Maya Lawson ... Sis

Katherine E. Scharhon ... Chance Hale / Wendy Hale
Todd Moore ... Father
Andrew Loviska ... Savage Tom
Kellan Larson ... Neddie
Erik Steffen Maahs ... Older Guy Maddin
Cathleen O'Malley ... Young Mother
Clayton Corzatte ... Old Father
Susan Corzatte ... Old Mother
Megan Murphy ... Murderous Sister

Annette Toutonghi ... Murderous Sister
David Lobo ... Oarsman
Eric Lobo ... Oarsman
Sarah Harlett ... Adopting Couple
Dan Tierney ... Adopting Couple
David Armo ... Orphan
Erica Badgely ... Orphan
Riley Calcagno ... Orphan
Jesa Chiro ... Orphan
Munya Chiro ... Orphan
Bailey Gibart ... Orphan
Frank Hughes ... Orphan
AnnieRose Kafer ... Orphan
Emma Kelley ... Orphan
Eleanor Kopf ... Orphan
Sam Kopf ... Orphan
Charlie Lachow ... Orphan
Sam Lachow ... Orphan
Maia Lee ... Orphan
Emma Mercer ... Orphan
Lucia Moser ... Orphan
Madeleine Moser ... Orphan
Eli Pruzan ... Orphan
Connor Russell ... Orphan
Electra Fire Scott ... Orphan
Vincent Scott ... Orphan
Iris Seiwerath ... Orphan
Ruby Seiwerath ... Orphan
Olivia Spokoiny ... Orphan
Maya Sugarman ... Orphan
Augustine Vanden Brulle ... Orphan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabella Rossellini ... Narrator (voice)
Clara Grace Svenson ... Baby Mother
Anna Wichman ... Orphan

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Maddin 
Louis Negin  narration
George Toles 

Produced by
A.J. Epstein .... executive producer
Joy Fairfield .... co-producer
Jaime Hook .... associate producer
Amy Jacobson .... producer
Gregg Lachow .... producer
Jody Shapiro .... executive producer
Philip Wohlstetter .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jason Staczek 
Cinematography by
Benjamin Kasulke 
Film Editing by
John Gurdebeke 
Casting by
Joy Fairfield 
Production Design by
Tania Kupczak 
Art Direction by
Noel Paul (co-art director)
Apryl Richards (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Labbienti 
Costume Design by
Laura Catigniani 
Nina Moser 
K.D. Schill 
Makeup Department
Denise Giago .... key hair stylist
Denise Giago .... key makeup artist
Daniel Wolcott .... makeup artist
Daniel Wolcott .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Joy Fairfield .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin Kasulke .... second unit director
Tyson Theroux .... second assistant director
Anna Waggoner .... assistant director
Art Department
Rena Bussinger .... props manager
John DeShazo .... set/prop builder
Wing Gee .... tech designer
Tom Phillips .... props
Sean Porter .... tech designer
Tivon Rice .... props
Alan Strathmann .... props
Curtis Taylor .... set designer
Sound Department
John Bosch .... sound recordist
Caoimhe Doyle .... live foley artist
Stefan Fraticelli .... live foley artist
Goro Koyama .... live foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... live foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer
Murray Trider .... sound recordist
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... live foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sullivan Brown .... camera operator
Dave Hanagan .... gaffer (as David Hanagan)
Benjamin Kasulke .... camera operator
Jennifer Maas .... grip
Guy Maddin .... camera operator
Danielle Morgan .... assistant camera
Danielle Morgan .... camera operator
Kevin Philbin .... grip
Courtland Premo .... grip
Adam L. Weintraub .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Cheryll Hidalgo .... additional editor
Tim Maffia .... digital color grading
Michelle M. Witten .... assistant editor (as Michelle Witten)
Music Department
Timothy Huling .... orchestrator
Bob Ingalls .... orchestrator
Cary LoGrande .... orchestral part preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... publicist
Mike Casassa .... production coordinator
S.J. Chiro .... craft service
Andy Spletzer .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Brand Upon the Brain!" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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95 min
Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | France:U (with warning) | Singapore:R21 | USA:Not Rated
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Dziga Vertov On Mushrooms, 16 July 2007
Author: Seamus2829 from United States

Make no mistake about it, Canada's Guy Maddin is an enigma. We're talking about somebody who's main inspiration seems to be old Soviet newsreels (the Kino Pravda series,to be exact,by Dziga Vertov,the father of the newsreel). Watching 'Brand Upon The Brain' was very much like watching an old Kino Pravda (Cinema Truth,by the way,for those who don't speak Russian)newsreel while running a temperature about 110 degrees,while on a mixture of psychedelic mushrooms washed down with codeine based cough syrup (and I wouldn't want it any other way!). The plot (but who needs a plot in a film like this?) concerns a middle aged man who is by some strange twist of fate, named Guy Maddin, returns to the island he grew up as a young boy, and hasn't been back in over 30 years,to try & clean up the old lighthouse/orphanage he grew up in. All I can say!....if I had as screwed up a childhood as Maddin had, I guess I would turn out making films as bizarre as Maddin's are (not that I'm saying that's bad,mind you---check out his short film 'Heart Of The World',which won an award some years back as the best experimental short at some film festival who's name I forget). Although the film features a cast of unknowns (on these shores at any rate),it benefits from a narrative by Isabella Rossilini (daughter of Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossilini),who is unfortunately never seen on screen. Honestly, you can do a lot worse than not seeing 'Brand Upon The Brain', but why would you want to?

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