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The Forbidden Room


YEAR 2014

SECTION New Frontier Films


RUN TIME 131 min

As potbellied, satin robe-clad Marv opens The Forbidden Room, he instructs us on the history and significance of bathing. One might never guess what’s in store from Canadian auteur’s Guy Maddin’s ode to the lost movies of the silent era, honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy. Bursting with playful cacophony, Maddin’s opus takes us high into the air, under the sea, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder.

A game cast including Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling, and Maddin perennial Udo Kier embody a cavalcade of misfits, thieves, and lovers, imbuing passion and humor into Maddin’s new epic (co-directed by Evan Johnson). Visuals, sound, even story are layered upon themselves, color schemes morph into and over one another, as each element heightens the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience. The film also contains copious amounts of the filmmaker’s trademark twisted whimsy and absurdist eroticism—from a lusty crew of female skeletons to an exceptionally catchy musical celebration of the derriere. —H.Z.

EMAIL eheroux@phi-films.com



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Artist Bio

Guy Maddin is an installation artist, writer, and filmmaker, the director of 11 feature-length movies, including My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over 70 performances of his films featuring live elements—orchestra, sound effects, singing, and narration. Maddin has received many awards throughout his career and is a member of The Order of Canada.

Evan Johnson is a writer and filmmaker living in Winnipeg, Canada. He has been working with Guy Maddin since 2009.