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  • Film programme "Symphonies of the Cities" | W 27.04 Time 18.00

    My Winnipeg

    Minu Winnipeg |

    Director: Guy Maddin

    Country: Canada

    Year: 2007

    Length: 80'

    Language: English

    The film is a uniquely personal homage by Guy Maddin to his home town of Winnipeg, Canada.
    Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, Maddin's latest cinematic experiment is a multilayered journey through the hometown in his head, a fusion of fact and fiction that employs the director's fondness for silent film technique and outrageous melodrama. Maddin speaks his own intentionally blank narration, describing Manitoba's cold, industrial capital city as "snowy, sleepwalking Winnipeg… I must leave it. I must leave it. I must leave it now. But how to escape one's city?"
    The film is a poetic mix of history and memory, described by the director as a "docu-fantasia" that intertwines the filmmaker's childhood with cultural touchstones from his home city's past. The film features a host of surreal touches, including an insistence that Winnipeg has 10 times the sleepwalking rate of any city in the world. Is it true? Yes or no, it's a terrific metaphor for a place that seems both dead and alive at the same time.
    Among the film's funniest yet most emotionally charged threads is 1940s B-movie icon Ann Savage, star of Edgar G. Ulmer's cult film "Detour", as Maddin's domineering mother. The mix of black and white with splashes of color makes this a feast for the eyes. The cumulative effect of this imaginative brew of melodrama, anger and hilarity is a love mixed with regret and a meditation on faith and the embrace of the mystic.

    Festivals and awards: Toronto (Best Canadian Feature Film), Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Sarajevo, Melbourne, Vienna
    Guy Maddin (b. 1956, Winnipeg, Canada), director and screenwriter, shot his first feature, "Tales from the Gimli Hospital", in 1988. His creative scope, however, is very wide indeed, and in addition to feature dramas he has shot TV films, shorts, horror-laced dance productions, rock and opera videos, and a number of cinematographic experiments.