Kino Lorber Releases The Forbidden Room, a film by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, on Blu-ray & DVD
New York, NY - February 25, 2016 - Kino Lorber proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Forbidden Room, a film by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson and featuring a cast including Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Clara Furey, and Roy Dupuis. This visually bold, imaginative film weaves together different stories and characters into a kaleidoscopic cinematic tapestry that pays homage to silent cinema while creating a totally unique experience that has been hailed by critics as "unforgettable" (Bilge Ebiri, Vulture) and "a wild, demented cinephiliac feast" (The Hollywood Reporter).
Directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg) and frequent collaborator Evan Johnson, The Forbidden Room will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 8th, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Extras include audio commentary with Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, "Endless Ectoloops", "Living Posters", Once a Chicken, a séance with Lázsló Moholy-Nagy (a short film directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson), and the trailer. The Blu-ray and DVD also include a booklet with essays by Guy Maddin and Hillary Weston.
Released theatrically by Kino Lorber last year, The Forbidden Room opened to strong critical acclaim at New York's Film Forum in October 2015 before moving on to national markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boulder, San Francisco, Chicago and Austin, among many others.
Synopsis: The Forbidden Room is an epic phantasmagoria from Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. 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 a grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help of 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, Adéle Haenel, Amira Casar and Elina Löowensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
Directors: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 8, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329202514
DVD SRP: $29.95
DVD UPC: 738329202507
Audio Commentary with Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson
Booklet with essays by Guy Maddin and Hillary Weston
Once a Chicken, a séance with Lázsló Moholy-Nagy
1.78:1 / 1920x1080p / 119 minutes/ 5.1 Surround / English / Color