Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Dec 2015 – 29 Dec 2015
★★★★★ The Telegraph
"The most insanely inventive, hilariously funny faux-silent movie of all time, with sound design that should win the Oscar." John Waters, Artforum
The Forbidden Room is Guy Maddin’s ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within.
Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, The Forbidden Room is Maddin’s grand ode to lost cinema.
Created with the help of master poet John Ashbery, the film features Roy Dupius, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adele Haenel, Amira Casar, Elina Lowensohn, and Udo Kier (and more!) as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.
The Forbidden Room, dir. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, Canada 2015, 130 mins