(2015, 120 mins, DCP)
CAST Louis Negin, Charlotte Rampling, Roy Dupuis, Melissa Trainor, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Maria de Medeiros, Elina Lowensohn
Screening times and tickets for the Vancity Theatre will be available by early October. The Forbidden Room is part of the VIFF 2015 Program. Visit this page to purchase tickets.
A fever dream within a dream, the latest transmission from celluloid fetishist Guy Maddin is part campy, whacked out tribute to vintage Hollywood melodrama, part anguished crypto-confessional, and all brilliant: a passionate, virtuoso pastiche that is also perversely original and sui generis. It’s the perfect date movie for mad cinephiles and film lovers.
Beginning with a "how to" guide to taking a bath, then loosely shackling together such deliriously lunatic yarns as a submarine crew slowly suffocating (they chow down on flapjacks for the air pockets), and a woodsman’s quixotic rescue of an amnesiac from the clutches of a pack of wolfish bandits (which itself spirals into the captive maiden’s dream of a South Seas volcanic sacrifice), The Forbidden Room teeters provocatively between sensuality and surrealism, hysteria and Hermeticism, Kafka and King Kong. It is at once Maddin’s funniest and also his most labyrinthine movie, a hall of mirrors in which the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Roy Dupuis Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalric and Maria de Medeiros reappear in multiple roles, familiar and strange. Filmed entirely in the studio but evoking multiple lost worlds, The Forbidden Room is pure cinema.
Selected filmography: Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988); Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Brand Upon the Brain! (2006); My Winnipeg (2007)
"Guy Maddin goes through the looking glass, down the rabbit hole, into the twilight zone, beyond the great divide or maybe just deep into the nooks and crannies of his own two-strip Technicolor imagination in The Forbidden Room….A demented montage of considerable brilliance." Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"I’ve never taken LSD and wandered around a film archive, but I imagine the experience might be similar to The Forbidden Room." Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian