Guy Maddin

Canada 91 min Fiction


Guy Maddin’s first major production is a fantasy in pastel tones and with landscapes inspired by the vaporous paintings by Gustave Moreau and the aesthetics of Pre-Raphaelism that takes the magic of fairy tales to the silver screen. The Canadian’s first venture into the realm of 35 millimetres is situated in the Kingdom Of Mandragora, where the sun never sets, in the form of a romantic situation comedy reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, for just like in the Bard’s play, none of the characters seem to quite belong. Peter Glahn returns home after spending some time in prison, and on his way he comes across Julianna and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, his sister Amelia has fallen for Dr. Solti, who mysteriously controls Julianna and Zephir, but only shows love for a statue of Venus, which, if it were flesh and blood, would actually seek the love of Zephir. What seems at first to be a light-hearted game of seduction turns out to be quite the opposite: each of their frustrations leads to subtle emissions of irony, spite and bizarre violence. 


Guy Maddin

(Winnipeg, 1956) He studied economics at the University of Winnipeg. Maddin is an installation artist, screenwriter, cinematographer and filmmaker. He has also mounted numerous live performance versions of his films around the world, featuring live music, sound effects, singing and narration. Since 2011 he has collaborated with Galen Johnson and Evan Johnson under the banner of Development Ltd., their Winnipeg-based filmmaking collective.

Filmography: The Green Fog (2017), Accidence (2017), Seances (2016), Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (2015, D'A 2016), The Forbidden Room (2015, D'A 2015) Keyhole (2011), My Winnipeg (2007, D'A 2011), Brand Upon the Brain! (2006, D'A 2011), The Saddest Music in the World (2003, D'A 2011), Dracula, Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2002, D'A 2011), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997, D'A 2011), Archangel (1990, D'A 2011)

Guy Maddin

Film information

Director: Guy Maddin
Script: George Toles
Contact: Winnipeg Film Group
With: Pascale Bussiéres, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin , Alice Krige
Country: Canada
Year: 1997
Format: Digital
Length: 91 min
Edition: 2011