Guy Maddin is a Canadian filmmaker with numerous shorts and 11 feature films to his credit, including the Emmy Award-winning ballet film Dracula — Pages From A Virgin’s Diary (2002); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); My Winnipeg (2007); and US National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prize-winners Archangel (1990) and The Heart of the World (2000). He is also a member of The Order of Canada & The Order of Manitoba.
A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.
In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown through the parallel stories of butler student Johann lusting after his mother (an old flame of the mysterious Count Knotkers) and Klara's attraction to her father (who lusts after his other daughter), leading to duels and suicidal plunges galore. All this is shot in the style of an early German sonal film, complete with intertitles, crackly sound-track and 'hand-tinted' colour effects.
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For The Heart of the World (2000) at 2002 Genie Awards
For Experimental Short Night Mayor (2009) at 2010 SXSW Film Festival
At 1995 Telluride Film Festival, US. Shared with: Jan Svankmajer, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay. The Surrealists
Best Canadian Film: The Forbidden Room (2015) at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. Shared with Evan Johnson.
For My Winnipeg (2007) at TIFF.
Best Canadian Film for Keyhole (2011) at the Whistler Film Festival.
Best Short Subject for The Heart of the World (2000) at the Miami Film Festival.