My Winnipeg (image 1)

Dazzlingly imaginative, flagrantly absurd and yet clearly very heartfelt.

Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

My Winnipeg 2007

Directed by Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin's portrait of his native city is intensely idiosyncratic and hilariously unreliable. " Dazzlingly imagnative, flagrantly absurd and yet clearly very heartfelt." — Sight and Sound

Canada In English
80 minutes 35mm / Colour and B&W

Director

Screenplay

Guy Maddin
,
George Toles

Photography

Jody Shapiro

Editor

John Gurdebeke

With

Ann Savage
,
Louis Negin
,
Darcy Fehr
,
Amy Stewart

Festivals

Toronto 2007, Berlin, Tribeca 2008

Elsewhere

Guy Maddin's portrait of his native city is intensely idiosyncratic and hilariously unreliable, constructed around his apparently doomed imperative to escape the place, and with it his mother. It was commissioned by the Documentary Channel, but that's where any resemblance to documentary as we know it ends. His Winnipeg is a wintry noir metropolis, refracted through his patented array of antique optical techniques and glimpsed from the window of a train that's hurtling out of town, but caught in a constant loop. Dredging the fetid depths of his subconscious, he takes us back to the sensual mayhem of his mother's hairdressing salon, the macho world of ice hockey and the locker rooms of the city's subterranean pools. Rococo re-enactments cast 40s femme fatale Anne Savage as the frightful mother. The scourge of developers, Maddin rails against the destruction of its great buildings, loathing the city fathers with murderous relish. — BG