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Internationally renowned film director Guy Maddin finds himself lying on his back on a movie set in the dust of the Jordanian desert, posing as a dead Taliban soldier in the far background of an action sequence. Originally hired to shoot a making-of documentary about the film in production – Paul Gross’s Afghan war drama Hyena Road – Maddin, flat broke and discontented, takes to musing about his role on the set, Canada’s role in Afghanistan, and cinema’s role in political and violent conflict.

Part cine-essay and part behind-the-scenes documentary, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton repurposes footage captured on the set of Hyena Road into a psychedelic, darkly comical tale of alpha men, cartoonish violence, and one forlorn artist’s quest for meaning.

Guy Maddin, born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1956. Maddin is an installation artist, screenwriter, cinematographer and filmmaker. He has also mounted numerous live performance versions of his films around the world, featuring live music, sound effects, singing and narration.
Evan Johnson, born in 1983 in Winnipeg, Canada, is a writer and filmmaker. He co-directed his first feature, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (2015), with Maddin, and has made a handful of his own short films.
Galen Johnson
, born in 1981, is a composer and designer based in Winnipeg, Canada. He has worked as production designer and composer on Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s film THE FORBIDDEN ROOM.

Production: Rhombus Media, Toronto; Everyday Pictures, Toronto
Camera: John Gurdebeke, Jody Shapiro
Cast: Michael Kennedy
Format: DCP, Black/White & Color
Running time: 31 min
Language: English

Photo: © Rhombus Media

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