Forbidden Room, The


Forbidden Room, The
reż|dir Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson | CA | 2015 | 130 min
prod|pro Phoebe Greeberg, Phyllis Laing, Guy Maddin, Penny Mancuso scen|wr Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk zdj|ph Benjamin Kasulke muz|mus Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin, Jason Staczek mon|ed John Gurdebeke, Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron ob|cast Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Gregory Hlady, Mathieu Amalric, Noel Burton, Geraldine Chaplin dys|dis Pascale Ramonda


A grim submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers – “The Forbidden Room” has it all. Guy Maddin's latest work (co-directed with Evan Johnson) is another one of his film on films: a stylised collage full of erudition, deeply submerged in the history of silent film. The stories, accompanied only by music, emerge one from another like gigantic matryoshka dolls: you never know which level of narrative is the last one, or whether you're about to be taken to another dreamed-up reality. Maddin intertwines all the motifs, treating them more as a pretext: as attractive material supposedly “stolen” from silent films which have, in fact, never existed. “The Forbidden Room” is a crazy rollercoster of a tale for film buffs, in which the thin line between reality and the dreamworld is blurred from the very beginning.

2015 Las Palmas FF – Special Jury Award

Guy Maddin (1956) Canadian director with a very distinct, expressive style. Most of his projects are made against the background of fake decorations, on grainy 16 mm film. Maddin is a learned author and cinema-lover who obsessively evokes cinema of the 20s and 30s in his films (usually shorts).

Evan Johnson – He worked with and learned from Guy Maddin, whom he started cooperating with as one of the cameramen for “My Winnipeg.” In his feature-length debut, “The Foribidden Room,” he has also worked on the script, special effects, and editing.

Guy Maddin
2015 Zakazany pokój | Forbidden Room, The
2011 Dziurka od klucza | Keyhole
2007 Moje Winnipeg | My Winnipeg
2006 Piętno na umyśle | Brand Upon the Brain
2003 Najsmutniejsza muzyka świata | Saddest Music in the World, The
2001 Drakula: stronice z pamiętnika dziewicy | Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
1992 Ostrożnie | Careful
1990 Archangielsk | Archangel
1988 Opowieści ze szpitala w Gimli | Tales from the Gimli Hospital
1986 Martwy ojciec | Dead Father, The (krótki | short)

Evan Johnson
2015 Zakazany pokój | Forbidden Room, The
2014 Puberty (krótki | short)
2014 Elms (krótki | short)
2014 Colours (krótki | short)
2014 Cold (krótki | short)

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow