June 9, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Plug In ICA presents a one-night-only performance of acclaimed Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin’s unique cinematic masterpiece, My Winnipeg. Hailed as “an extraordinary leap forward” (Aaron Hills, Village Voice), and “the finest, funniest, saddest film I’ve seen,” (Richard Corliss of Time Magazine), My Winnipeg inventively blends local and personal history with surrealist images and metaphorical myths. Maddin paints the city of Winnipeg, his lifelong home and muse, with dreamlike recollections and curious histories. Restaging “archetypal episodes from (his) family history,” Maddin mines the streets of Winnipeg, striving to both rediscover and escape the city’s enchantment.
Commissioned by the Documentary Channel, My Winnipeg has been screened worldwide, winning the Best Canadian Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the prestigious opening night slot of the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum.
This will be My Winnipeg’s homecoming premiere, with Guy Maddin performing his highly personal, melodramatic narration. The screening will include an opening performance by Gimli’s four-piece power pop band The Papsmears, and will be followed by an onstage discussion with Robert Enright and Guy Maddin.
The event takes place on June 24th, 2008 at the Burton Cummings Theatre located at 364 Smith Street in Winnipeg. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Theatrical release begins June 27, 2008.
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