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Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin’s body of work is as beautiful as it is confounding and delirious. He incorporates the language of past cinema, with which he is most intimately familiar from his countless hours of film viewing, and combines this with a pre-cinematic sensibility learned from the books he voraciously devours. A man of prodigious intellectual appetites, Maddin’s many interests and obsessions can easily be discerned in his work. His first film, produced through the Winnipeg Film Group, was the haunting family fable THE DEAD FATHER. This brought him the recognition he needed to embark on his second film, the cult hit TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL. This film played for months as a midnight movie in New York City and paved the way to perhaps his most delirious and insensible picture, ARCHANGEL. Certainly the most lyrical of war films, ARCHANGEL is the story of amnesiac lovers skirting the northern frontiers of World War 1, and its release brought Maddin the U.S. National Society of Film Critics’ prize for Best Experimental Film of the Year. Following this triumph was Maddin’s first work in color, a story of repression and unnatural couplings entitled CAREFUL. The film opened Perspectives Canada at the 1993 Toronto Festival of Festivals and it went on to screen at the Tokyo and New York Film Festivals. In 1995, Maddin created a short filmic prose-poem based on the work of Belgian charcoalier ODILON REDON. It was organized by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who also invited such directors as Jonathan Demme, Jane Campion, and Tim Burton. The resulting production won a Special Jury Citation at the Toronto Film Festival and played festivals from New York to London to Telluride, Colorado. Also in 1995, Maddin was the recipient of the Telluride Medal for Life Time Achievement at the Telluride Film Festival. He is the youngest person ever to have been awarded this honor. Two years later he unveiled his biggest budget film to date, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS, the shooting of which is documented in the Noam Gonick film WAITING FOR TWILIGHT. Maddin has also made many short films, few of which have been seen. These include: MAUVE DECADE (1989), INDIGO HIGH-HATTERS (1991), THE POMPS OF SATAN (1993), SEA BEGGARS (1994), SISSY BOY SLAP PARTY (1995), MALDOROR: TYGERS (1999), and THE COCK CREW (1999). In 2000, along with other notable Canadian filmmakers, Maddin was commissioned to make a six-minute “prelude” for the Toronto International Film Festival in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The resulting short film, THE HEART OF THE WORLD, was proclaimed by many festival-goers and critics to be the best film of the entire festival and became the most acclaimed film to date of Maddin’s career. It won a special award from the National Society of Film Critics as the best experimental film of the year, won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival for best narrative short, and was voted one of the ten best films of 2001 by both J. Hoberman of The Village Voice, and A.O. Scott of The New York Times, a highly unusual honor for a six-minute film. In 2002, Maddin filmed the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Mark Godden’s ballet ‘Dracula’ for Canadian TV and the resulting film, DRACULA PAGES FROM A VIRGINS DIARY, won an International Emmy award and was released theatrically to great acclaim. Now a regular contributor to Film Comment and The Village Voice, Guy Maddin recently premiered a video peep-show installation entitled COWARDS BEND THE KNEE. Maddin’s recent film, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, is based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishigiro (author of The Remains of the Day). Starring Isabella Rossellini and Kids In the Halls’ Mark McKinney, the film is set during the Depression in a Winnipeg brewery where a legless matriarch holds a contest to see who can create the world’s most melancholy music.

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Brand upon the Brain!

$34.95 | 99 minutes

(2006) - Director, Writer

In the weird and wonderful supercinematic world of Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin, personal memory collides with movie lore for a radical sensory overload. This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Maddin's mad, imaginary childhood&hellip…

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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

$23.95 | 75 minutes

(2003) - Director

This silent, black and white film, adapted from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's interpretation of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, is Guy Maddin's dramatic masterpiece. It is an atmospheric, gothic work full of dance and eroticism, accompanied by Gustav&hellip…

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Tales From the Gimli Hospital

$23.95 | 72 minutes

(1988) - Director

Set at the turn of the 20th century, this postmodern film explores a depraved game of upsmanship between two men. Two children visit their dying mother in a hospital. Then a relative tells them the Icelandic legend of Einar, the Lonely..&hellip…

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