Guy Maddin’s Saddest Music in the World@Cinephile Night, 2/24

The Saddest Music in the World(2003, Canada, 99 minutes), a film directed by Canadian screenwriter/director Guy Maddin, will have a FREE screening at the Tioseco-Bohinc Film Archive, Mactan this Febuary 23, Thursday, 730 PM.

Original story by Man Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, The Saddest Music in the World is set during the Great Depression in Winnepeg, Manitoba– a beer baronness announced a competition to find the saddest piece of music in the world. Musicians from across the globe come to Winnipeg to show their skills and play their music, but the contest eventually ends up becoming a family drama: a patriotic Canadian father battles his two ex-patriate sons: one representing Serbia and the other, the United States.

The comic musical film casted Mark McKinney, Isabella Rossellini, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox and Ross McMillan.

The film’s screenwriter/director Guy Maddin is well known for his penchant for re-creating the style of silent or early sound era cinema (melodramas, Weimar Republic German silent films, and 1920s Soviet agit-prop) in many of his films. This also has solidified Maddin’s popularity in alternative film circles.

He didn’t have any formal training in filmmaking. From endless weekends of watching films with close friends who were also aspiring filmmakers like himself, Maddin eventually gave up his day-job as a bank-teller and decided that he needed to put his own film knowledge to work and step behind the camera. Assistance from provincial and national Arts Councils as well as the Winnipeg Film Group aid in Maddin’s pursuit in the making of his films.

Please contact 0908.906.4401 for more information and directions.

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