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March 21, 2007 6:09 AM
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Maddin's "Brand Upon the Brain!" Set for Spring U.S. Release

The Film Company and Vitagraph have announced a theatrical release of Guy Maddin's acclaimed silent film "Brand Upon the Brain!," set for this Spring in select cities featuring an 11-piece live orchestra, 5-person live foley team, and live celebrity narrator. Maddin will present the film in person at the special showings in Chicago (The Music Box), New York (The Village East) and Los Angeles (The Egyptian Theatre) and the film will continue runs in those cities with a pre-recorded soundtrack that includes narration by Isabella Rossellini. The event will also be staged for one night at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival. Since its world premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has since been performed with live accompaniment at the 2006 New York Film Festival, the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival the 2007 Mexico City Film Festival, and the 2007 Buenos Aires Film Festival. Written and directed by Maddin, it was co-written by George Toles with an original score is by Jason Staczek. The film is executive produced by Jody Shapiro, Philip Wohlstetter and A.J. Epstein, and produced by Amy E. Jacobson and Gregg Lachow. Described as, "Surreal, satiric and surprisingly touching," Maddin's film is further described as looking at, "the secret lives of families in a work that is equal parts childhood reminiscence, expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie." The special screenings with live accompaniement will run May 9 - 15 in New York, May 18 - 20 in Chicago, and June 8 - 10 in Los Angeles, followed by regular runs in each city. [Eugene Hernandez]

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