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Canada native Guy Maddin delivers his first feature since 2011 with “The Forbidden Room,” a breathless phantasmagoria whose narrative labyrinth and intricate visual effects combine to create a film that appears to defy convention at every turn.
The official synopsis reads: “This Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas.”
The film was snatched up for U.S. distribution by Kino Lober and will arrive in stateside theaters October 7. “The Forbidden Room” will play at TIFF September 16. Watch the new fever dream of a trailer above.