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DESISTFILM ROUND-UP: BEST FILMS OF 2015

Our final tally. Only 2015 films.

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TOO MUCH: FRAGMENT OF AN INTERVIEW WITH GUY MADDIN (ENG)

By Tara Judah

My first encounter with The Forbidden Room was at the Berlinale. We met again at LFF (London Film Festival). In London it played at the BFI IMAX, and it was different. Not only because it was so much bigger, but because Maddin had made it shorter, too.

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53rd NYFF. THE FORBIDDEN ROOM BY GUY MADDIN (ENG)

Tanner Tafel​ski

Now is the time for excess, for mania, for Guy Maddin has made a new film, The Forbidden Room. If you were skeptical before, The Forbidden Room erases any lingering doubts: Maddin is a hauntologist of old and lost films. Working with the “Bro Joes,” Evan (co-director) and Galen Johnson (production and sound designer), Maddin resurrects films, calling them forth, but what appears are mutants, bits and pieces of films chopped, sliced, diced and spliced back together. According to Maddin, about 17 fragments are jammed into The Forbidden Room.

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BERLINALE: THE FORBIDDEN ROOM BY GUY MADDIN AND EVAN JOHNSON (ENG)

By Tara Judah

(…) And, if we are to take Maddin at his word, then cinema must be God, the audience his disciples and what’s to be gathered up is cinephilia, so that nothing – including the lost fragments of so many films that this film attempts to recreate – will be lost. Ever.