A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Maria de Medeiros
Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his vast and beloved adopted land from coast to coast to coast.
A father and son ride the rails in their powerful locomotive. Witnessing a crash between two other engines, they rescue the lone survivor, Berenice, and make her a part of their family. All... See full summary »
This short film (coming in at only seven minutes) is Guy Maddin's precursor to "Keyhole". While they are not directly related, we can see how this one lead to the other. And, of course, he used Isabella Rossellini in both (an actress we can always use more of).
This is something of a mysterious film in that the other actors are unknown and it is silent, largely a collection of images. This may be how Maddin works best, though. His replication of silent film is incredible, and perhaps that is one reason this may be even more enjoyable than "Keyhole". (Perhaps, also, this was not shot digitally, but on this point I am not sure.)
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