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Little White Cloud that Cried

Guy Maddin
Canada, Germany 2009 / 13’

Pagan water divinities meet the Holy Duality of Jesus + Virgin in a full-color confrontation upon an Icelandic-Canadian beachhead. A struggle to the finish resolves all the terrestrial/spiritual/sexual/conflict in the universe.

Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin’s salute to the legendary underground queer filmmaker, which takes its title from a Johnnie Ray song, follows Maddin as he invites friends to the family cottage and lets the debauchery unfold before a 16mm camera. Sexuality, desire and memory intertwine in glowing, dreamlike sequences that never assault, but rather invite in a crazy way…

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Jack Smith

the father of the Cinema of Transgression and the initiator of camp and thrash trends, has, since the 1950s, been creating anarchist films and performances inspired by Hollywood B movies. In his productions, transvestites and drag-queens radically manifested their sexuality. Smith made his movies purposefully violate all the principles of zero-style cinema. They inspired later generations of cinematic outcasts and experimenters. Smith was born in Ohio in 1932 and moved to New York in the 1950s. He began using film no longer independently but as a component of performances. His Midnight Performances often started as late as 2 a.m. and lasted several hours. In many of his LIVE FILM performances, Smith completely reedited the film material, integrating excerpts, slides, text, and music. After Smith's death as a result of AIDS in 1989, Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade founded the "Plaster Foundation", which commissioned Jerry Tartaglia to restore his films.


1950–1966 Porządne istoty / Respectable Creatues (short)

1960 Przestymulowany / Overstimulated (short)

1962 Taśma klejąca / Scotch Tape (short)

1963 Płonące istoty / Flaming Creatures

1963 Normalna miłość / Normal Love

1963 Żółta sekwencja / The Yellow Sequence (short)

1967 Ziele z wyspy Technikolor / Reefers of the Technicolor Island / Jungle Island (short)

1967–1970 (1998) Byłam panem Yvonne De Carlo / I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo (short)

1968 Bez prezydenta / No President

1969 Piosenka do wynajęcia / Song for Rent (short)

1970 Ujęcia bez tytułu / Untitled Film Rushes

1971 Północ w Plaster Foundation / Midnight at the Plaster Foundation (short)

1978 Sinbad z Bagdadu / Sinbad of Baghdad (short)

1979 Oszołomy / Hot Air Specialists (short)

Guy Maddin

He has been living and working in Winnipeg, Canada, where he has been making films since the 1980s. Fascinated with the aesthetics of silent films, he creates surreal worlds from the borderline of reality and dream, held in a personal style which can be identified immediately.

Selected filmography

1986 Martwy ojciec / The Dead Father (short)

2003 Najsmutniejsza muzyka świata / The Saddest Music in the World

2009 Mała biała chmurka, która płakała / Little White Cloud That Cried (short)

Cast & Crew

director Guy Maddin
screenplay Dr. Lexi Tronic
editing John Gurdebeke
cast Lexi Tronic, Breanna Taylor, Eric Wood, Marcia Ferreira
producer Susanne Sachße
production Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
sales Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
language English
colouration colour