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Film 50: History of Cinema

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
3:30 p.m. My Winnipeg
Guy Maddin (Canada, 2007)

Lecture by Marilyn Fabe


Please note change of location and start time: This screening will take place at Landmark’s California Theatre, located at 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, between Oxford and Shattuck. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Special admission prices apply:
General admission, $11.50; BAM/PFA members, $7.50; UC Berkeley students, $5.50; Seniors, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non–UC Berkeley students, and youth 17 and under, $8.50.

Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin yearns for escape, but the icebound burg holds him fast. Dozing aboard a train that endlessly loops the city limits, he only rises to sleepwalk back to his boyhood home, where he reenacts scenes from his childhood. In this dreamy milieu, the Manitoban town’s history comes to life, rife with supernatural portents in old Indian legends and twentieth-century tales of ghosts and mediums. Maddin’s first foray into nonfiction filmmaking further spins the autobiographical melodramatic skein of Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) and Brand upon the Brain! (2007). As in those films, his mother takes a central role as muse and monster. Fact and fiction blend seamlessly in Maddin’s personal and civic mythology, arrestingly shot in black and white in styles borrowed from silent masters but made entirely the filmmaker’s own. It is no wonder that there can be no escape from this Winnipeg. As surely as his mother clutches his heart, so does this city, where Maddin finds the extraordinary in a mundane public pool and poetry in a footprint in the snow.

—Pam Grady, SFIFF 2008

• Written by Maddin. Photographed by Jody Shapiro. With Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Louis Negin. (80 mins, B&W, 35mm, From New Yorker Films)