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dir. Guy Maddin / Canada 2011 / 94’
subtitles: Polish and English


Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Louis Negin, Brooke Palsson, Suzanne Pringle, David Wontner, Kevin McDonald

Film description

What are the roots that clutch […]

You cannot say, or guess, for you know only

A heap of broken images.

Ulysses is returning, though in fact Ulysses never left. This Odyssey will lead no further than from the ground floor to the attic of a house, behind whose closed doors lies hidden the hero’s Penelope. Maddin ‘s film is a profusion of cultural references, from Homer’s tale, through T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland, 1930s gangster flicks and classic horrors. This Ulysses’ house dreams its own nightmares, and convulses with visions and memories that teem with pain and pleasure, horror and fascination. Successive rooms are a labyrinth through which the hero must pass if he is to reach peace of mind and soul. The latest work by a New Horizons favorite.

Prepared by: Stanisław Liguziński

Information about director

Guy Maddin

Director Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956. Before filmmaking, he studied economy and worked for a bank and then a photography archive. He has made over 25 feature and short films over the past two decades. His work is a catalogue of esthetic fetishes and thematic obsessions that include love triangles, pathological jealousy, sexual transgression, amnesia, and amputation. His films are frequently stylized in the manner of 1920s and 1930s cinema. Maddin is fascinated with silent and early sound films and draws ample inspiration from German expressionism, surrealism, Soviet propaganda and the early uses of Technicolor.

Selected filmography

1986 The Dead Father (short)

1991 Archangielsk / Archangel

1992 Ostrożnie / Careful

2003 Najsmutniejsza muzyka świata / The Saddest Music in the World

2006 Piętno na umyśle / Brand Upon The Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters

2007 Moje Winnipeg / My Winnipeg

2011 Dziurka od klucza / Keyhole

Prepared by: Stanisław Liguziński


director: Guy Maddin
screenplay: George Toles, Guy Maddin
cinematography: Benjamin Kasulke
editing: John Gurdebeke
music: Jason Staczek
cast: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Louis Negin, Brooke Palsson, Suzanne Pringle, David Wontner, Kevin McDonald
producer: Jean Du Toit, Lindsay Hamel, Phyllis Laing, Guy Maddin, Jody Shapiro
production: Everyday Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures
sales: eOne Films International
language: English, French
colouration: colour & b&w
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