One of the most distinctive 2015 Sundance premieres was Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room,” which Kino Lorber is opening in New York on October 7 after screenings at TIFF and NYFF. The film has already had a healthy festival run.
Co-directed by Johnson, Maddin’s 11th feature-film foray into avant-weirdness stars a top-drawer cast including Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as a clown car of misfits, thieves and lovers.
Inspired in part by American modernist poet John Ashbery (who gets a writing credit) and structured like a Russian nesting doll, “Forbidden Room” is the highwire cinematic equivalent to LSD, giddily juggling multiple film stocks and kooky set pieces involving cavemen, wolf-hunters, skeletons, bloodsucking bananas, damsels in distress and the memories of a dead man’s mustache. To name a few.
The trailer, below, arrives courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.