After a break for UVA’s reading weekend, OFFscreen will be coming back on October 19th with acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. This is OFFscreen’s second Maddin showing in as many years (who could forget last year's stylish Brand Upon the Brain?). My Winnipeg is a personal journey, a "docu-fantasia" to use Maddin's own term that explores his hometown and upbringing with a sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous psychological depth. The film has done very well on the festival circuit, winning the award for best Canadian film at the Toronto Film Festival and also played at this year's Berlin and Tribeca festivals. Madden was particularly pleased at the film's European journey, saying “My dream is to show this film at the Berlin Film Festival and have hundreds of Germans watching it as a travelogue of Winnipeg.” It is certainly quite a ways from Berlin to Winnipeg, but if there is anyone who can make the capital of Manitoba relevant besides Wayne Gretzky it is Guy Maddin.
Check out this interview where Maddin talks My Winnipeg (and David Lynch).
Also for those who haven't seen the trailer, here it is.