2007. Canada. Guy Maddin. 80 min.
Friday, January 9, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2007. Canada. Directed by Guy Maddin. Screenplay by Maddin, George Toles. With Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage. Maddin, the director of such visionary, expressionistic films as Careful and The Saddest Music in the World, takes a hilarious, haunting, and poignant journey back to the "snowy, sleepy Winnipeg" of his Freudian-conflict-laden childhood. His self-described "docu-fantasia" is an act of cultural, historical, and autobiographical excavation and invention, with its dredged-up, mocked-up images of illicit male beauty pageants; staged Nazi invasions on "If Day," and the destruction of his fabled birthplace, the Winnipeg hockey arena. Ann Savage, the star of Edgar G. Ulmers cult classic Detour, appears as Mother incarnate, "a force as powerful as all the trains in Manitoba." Courtesy IFC Films. 80 min.