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Guy Maddin at Apple Store Soho

Guy Maddin at Apple Store Soho

Guy Maddin was part of indieWIRE’s Apple Store talks yesterday, here in New York promoting Tribeca screenings of My Winnipeg. Maddin was very charismatic and had a lot of really insightful things to say, particularly about Canadian identity construction when the cultural mammoth of America lies beneath us. But one thing that I must note, because its too funny not to.. During the talk, I noticed a really intense odor. At first I thought maybe it was someone near me who maybe accidentally farted. But then the smell got worse, and I noticed people going into the bathroom (located about ten feet from where Maddin was sitting) and then turning around within seconds with a disgusted look on their face. Maddin and moderator Dennis Lim must have noticed it, but continued on without flinching. Then custodial staff went in with buckets of water, holding their hands over their faces. 10 minutes later, they came out with a giant bag of garbage and the whole room smelt like that horrible mix of air freshener and human excretion. I still don’t know what happened in there. The custodial staff get a cameo in my fourth clip, but otherwise, enjoy 5 clips from the talk, smell o vision free:

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