The award-winning and experimental filmmaker Guy Maddin has won a special place in the hearts of film lovers for his distinctive visual style, his eccentric storylines and hard to describe projects. Now, the man who brought you The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg and Brand Upon the Brain! is back, and this he’s taking the Sundance Film Festival by storm with The Forbidden Room.
If you can’t see the film at Sundance – or even if you can, and just can’t wait for the premiere – CraveOnline is proudly presenting these five exclusive teasers for the kaleidoscopic project, and they were all cut together by Guy Maddin himself!
From the Press Release:
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Guy Maddin’s ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin’s grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help of master poet John Ashbery, the film features Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.
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The Forbidden Room premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, January 26 as part of the New Frontier program. The first screening will take place at the Library Centre Theater at 2:30pm local time.