The Forbidden Room

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
2015

06.02. 18:00 OV Delphi Filmpalast
07.02. 22:00 OV CineStar 8
09.02. 13:30 OV Akademie der Künste
13.02. 22:15 OV Cubix 9

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A submarine in distress, a lumberjack who mysteriously appears to the crew – wasn’t he just in the dark forests of Holstein-Schleswig rescuing the beautiful Margot from the claws of the Red Wolves? A neurosurgeon who digs deeply into the brain of a manic patient; a murderer who pretends to be the victim of his own killings; a traumatised young woman “on the Deutsch-Kolumbianisch Express somewhere between Berlin and Bogota”; seductive skeletons, zeppelins colliding, and a hot bath that seems to have triggered the whole thing. Guy Maddin’s rampant, anarchic film, co-directed by Evan Johnson, resembles an apparently chaotic, yet always significant eroto-claustrophobic nightmare that never seems to want to end, in which the plot, characters and locations constantly flow into one another in truly enigmatic style. The countless fantastic plotlines are structured like the intertwined arms of a spiral nebula – all of them inspired by real, imaginary and photographic memories of films from the silent era now lost, to which the half-damaged nitrate print aesthetic also pays fabulous homage. (Christoph Terhechte)

Production: Phi Films, Montreal; Buffalo Gal Pictures, Winnipeg; National Film Board of Canada, Montreal, Quebec
Screenplay: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk
Camera: Stephanie Weber-Biron, Ben Kasulke
Cast: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Céline Bonnier, André Wilms
Format: DCP 1:1.78 (16:9), Colour & Black/White
Running time: 130 min
Language: English

Photo: © Galen Johnson