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My Winnipeg

Guy Maddin
Canada 2007 / 79’

With his latest work, My Winnipeg, iconoclastic filmmaker Guy Maddin continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally respected artists. But even his devoted fans may be surprised by the nature of his new film: a documentary (or "docu-fantasia", as he describes it) about his hometown. Equal parts mystical rumination and personal history, city chronicle and deranged post-Freudian proletarian fantasy, My Winnipeg - which is framed as a goodbye letter - blends local myth with childhood trauma. Somehow, it all feels seamlessly assembled, utterly if perversely logical.

Steve Gravestock, Toronto IFF 2007


While working on this autobiography, which is like the biography of every snowed-in place in the Canadian province of Manitoba (a city just 4 years older than my grandmother), Maddin found himself once again in his childhood home.

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Berlin IFF 2008

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg. He directed his debut feature, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, in 1988. His feature credits include Archangel (1990), Carefull (1992), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002), which won a Gemini Award for best director, Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

Selected filmography:

1988 Tales from the Gimli Hospital

1990 Archangel

1992 Ostrożnie / Careful

1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

2000 Serce świata / The Heart of the World (kr.m. / short film)

2002 Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary

2003 Cowards Bend the Knee

2003 Najsmutniejsza muzyka świata / The Saddest Music in the World

2006 Piętno na umyśle / Brand Upon the Brain!

2007 Mój Winnipeg / My Winnipeg

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