The Forbidden Room

From Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo.... Read more

The Forbidden Room

Directed by Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin

Year: 2015
Running Time: 120
Color Type: Color
Country: Canada
Language: English
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The Forbidden Room

Cast
Roy Dupuis
Clara Furey
Louis Negin
Udo Kier

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Composed by Jason Staczek, Guy Maddin and Galen Johnson
Directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson
Produced by Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso and Phyllis Laing
Writers Guy Maddin, Kim Morgan, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk and John Ashbery
Cinematographers Benjamin Kasulke and Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron


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, Adele Haenel, Amira Casar and Elina Lowensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.

Reviews

"Defies logical explanation...a collection of scenes and movie cliches reworked with campy exaggeration and absurd, cartoonish twists...using a production design that favors ingenuity and creativity." *** Video Librarian

 

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Atlanta Film Festival Atlanta 1459483200April 1, 2016
Chattanooga Film Festival Chattanooga 1459483200April 1, 2016
SIFF Cinema Seattle 1457326800March 7, 2016
Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1457067600March 4 - March 10, 2016
Trylon Microcinema Minneapolis 1456722000February 29 - March 1, 2016
Arena Cinelounge Los Angeles 1455858000February 19 - March 3, 2016
Charlotte Film Society Charlotte 1455685200February 17, 2016
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 1455253200February 12, 2016
International House Philadelphia 1455166800February 11, 2016
Wesleyan University / Cinema Archives Middletown 1453870800January 27, 2016
Alamo Ritz Austin 1453698000January 25 - January 27, 2016
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1453525200January 23, 2016
Boedecker Theater @ Dairy Arts Center Boulder 1452834000January 15 - January 16, 2016
Denver Film Society Denver 1450414800December 18 - December 23, 2015
Sun-Ray Cinema Jacksonville 1450414800December 18 - December 24, 2015
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1450414800December 18 - December 24, 2015


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