The Forbidden Room
2015, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, Canada, 130 min. With Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey.
- Sat, Apr 1st 5:30pm
- Tue, Apr 4th 6:00pm
"A colossal symphony of cascading oddity." — Carson Lund, Slant
Since the 1980s, Winnipeg's Guy Maddin has been pillaging cinema's distant past to refashion its archaic aesthetics and temperaments into highly personal narratives of inadequacy and failure. Co-directed with protégé Evan Johnson, Maddin's most recent feature begins with a short PSA on how to take a bath, continues with an air-deprived submarine crew attempting to reach the titular forbidden room, and spins off into a series of bizarre, nested parallel narratives. Featuring cameos from Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, and a slew of other familiar faces, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin as his overstuffed best. DCP digital. (Cameron Worden)
APRIL 4: Lecture by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.