MY WINNIPEG: DVD
A fictional documentary by Guy Maddin that is a dreamlike homage to his hometown of Winnipeg. The unique experiences of childhood clearly shape identity.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Winner, Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008, selected for Berlin International Film Festival 2008 and Official Selection for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand Film Festivals. Why? Because it's so personal and so funny and so moving. Guy Maddin does for his Winnipeg what Terence Davies does for his Liverpool in Of Time and the City; he uses cinematic arts and crafts to convey his feelings about his home town, and it's the images that are the overlay. This is achieved by the use of his own voice (ditto Davies) and his love hate relationship with all who live and die there, the architecture and the hidden treasures.
Archival footage and re-enactment are not new devices for documentarians, but Maddin brings a fresh intimacy to the form, a fresh way of doing these things.
We go along because we're fascinated by HIS relationship with the place, which of course includes memories and anecdotes and people. Maddin's mother, for instance, played in this heightened docu-drama by Canadian actress Ann Savage (with savage honesty), is as much a force of Winnipeg as its weather.
Maddin confesses that this re-enactment will free him from the clutches of Winnipeg, an embrace he doesn't entirely enjoy, but can't resist. As he says in conclusion, "after many bothed attempts, this time I'm leaving for good .... Again."
Published April 2, 2009
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MY WINNIPEG: DVD (M)
CAST: Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart, Darcy Fehr, Brendan Cade, Wesley Cade
PRODUCER: Phyllis Laing, Guy Maddin, Jody Shapiro
DIRECTOR: Guy Maddin
SCRIPT: Guy Maddin
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jody Shapiro
EDITOR: John Gurdebeke
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Réjean Labrie
RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with director Guy Maddin
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman
DVD RELEASE: April 1, 2009
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