Canada 2008, 80 min., docu-fantasia Director: Guy Maddin
For twenty years director-screenwriter Guy Maddin has built an international reputation for movies filmed, and often set, in Winnipeg. In My Winnipeg, Maddin examines his love-hate relationship with his home town. Posing as a documentary (or docu-fantasia, as Maddin calls it), the film is a hilarious hodge-podge of genuine historical fact and outrageous fantasy, all filmed in Maddin’s usual eye-popping visual style. As a bonus for classic movie fans, the film features 1940s b-movie queen Ann Savage as Maddin’s mother (of course, in typical Maddin fashion, the narrator informs us that Savage is not an actor at all, but Maddin’s real mother!). A delightful, hugely inventive work, not to be missed.Toronto Film Critics pick My Winnipeg as best Canadian film of 2008. January 2009.
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