A submarine in distress, a lumberjack who mysteriously appears to the crew – wasn’t he just in the dark forests of Holstein-Schleswig rescuing the beautiful Margot from the claws of the Red Wolves? A neurosurgeon who digs deeply into the brain of a manic patient; a murderer who pretends to be the victim of his own killings; a traumatised young woman “on the Deutsch-Kolumbianisch Express somewhere between Berlin and Bogota”; seductive skeletons, zeppelins colliding, and a hot bath that seems to have triggered the whole thing. Guy Maddin’s rampant, anarchic film, co-directed by Evan Johnson, resembles an apparently chaotic, yet always significant eroto-claustrophobic nightmare that never seems to want to end, in which the plot, characters and locations constantly flow into one another in truly enigmatic style. The countless fantastic plotlines are structured like the intertwined arms of a spiral nebula – all of them inspired by real, imaginary and photographic memories of films from the silent era now lost, to which the half-damaged nitrate print aesthetic also pays fabulous homage.
- Best Canadian Feature - Toronto Film Critics Association
- Special Jury Award - Las Palmas FF
- Roy Dupuis
- Clara Furey
- Louis Negin
- Céline Bonnier
- Karine Vanasse
- Caroline Dhavernas
- Paul Ahmarani
- Mathieu Amalric
- Udo Kier
- Maria de Medeiros
- Charlotte Rampling
- Geraldine Chaplin
- Guy Maddin
- Evan Johnson
- Robert Kotyk
- Stephanie Weber-Biron
- Ben Kasulke
- John Gurdebeke
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A wild, demented cinephiliac feast from the mind of Guy Maddin.
Film-lovers, this ludicrous movie is for you.
At a time when everyone is talking about the death of the movies, Guy Maddin proves that we can always bring them back to life.
The film looks like nothing you've ever seen before.
An inviting film, welcoming you in to spend some time being bombarded by sound and vision elements that are fragmented and obscure yet delightfully amusing.
His team, like his ensemble of actors, is as good as ever here.
'The Forbidden Room' plays like Kafka through a kaleidoscope, a nightmare fantasy of symphonic proportion, reflecting Maddin’s endlessly beautiful weirdness.
Surrender yourself to its demented genius. "The Forbidden Room" will trap you in its bewitching spell. And you'll be better for it.
Not only glances at cinema's past, but explodes it, putting it through a stylistic wringer, slathering its lovingly replicated old-movie images with a barrage of visual and aural filters, giving them new life through sheer unflagging verve and devil-may-care chutzpah. One would expect no less from Guy Maddin.
The most insanely inventive, hilariously funny faux-silent movie of all time.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1956. He is an installation artist, screenwriter, cinematographer and filmmaker. Guy Maddin has also put on numerous live performance versions of his films around the world, featuring live music, sound effects, singing and narration.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1983. He studied Film and Philosophy and works as a writer and filmmaker.