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

Roy Dupuis
Clara Furey
Louis Negin
Udo Kier

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.


"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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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
UW-Madison Cinematheque Madison 1449896400December 12, 2015
Railroad Square Cinema Waterville 1449378000December 6 - December 7, 2015
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Notre Dame 1449291600December 5, 2015
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1449205200December 4 - December 10, 2015
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1449205200December 4 - December 9, 2015
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1449205200December 4 - December 6, 2015
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1448600400November 27 - December 10, 2015
Videology Brooklyn 1448600400November 27 - November 29, 2015
Museum of Modern Art New York 1448341200November 24, 2015
IU Cinema Bloomington 144747720011/14, 11/21 ONLY
Capri, The Montgomery 1447390800November 13 - November 17, 2015
The Pageant Theater Chico 1447390800November 13 - November 19, 2015
Film Scene Iowa City 1447390800November 13 - November 24, 2015
The Screen Santa Fe 1447390800November 13 - November 19, 2015
Tivoli Cinemas Kansas City 1447304400November 12, 2015
Miami Beach Cinematheque Miami Beach 144695880011/8, 11/11-12 ONLY
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville 1446958800November 8, 2015
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington 1446786000November 6 - November 12, 2015
Historical Howell Theatre Howell 144661320011/4-5, 11/7-8, 11/28-29, 12/3-5 ONLY
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1446264000October 31 - November 1, 2015
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1446264000October 31, 2015
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1446177600October 30 - November 5, 2015
Art Theatre Champaign 1445572800October 23 - October 29, 2015
Texas Theatre Dallas 1445572800October 23 - October 24, 2015
Vermont International Film Festival S. Burlington 1445572800October 23, 2015
International Film Series - Univ of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 1444968000October 16, 2015
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1444968000October 16 - October 22, 2015
Plaza De Oro Twin Santa Barbara 1444795200October 14, 2015
Film Forum New York 1444190400October 7 - October 20, 2015

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