Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Guy Maddin’s “The Forbidden Room,” planning a Fall theatrical release for the Sundance premiere, which heads to Berlin this week and more fests throughout 2015.
Co-directed by Evan 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 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 film was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music and SODEC.
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