The Heart of the World by Guy Maddin
A scientist chooses a wealthy man over her two lovers but must heal the earth’s core to save humanity.
A scientist chooses a wealthy man over her two lovers but must heal the earth’s core to save humanity.
Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. – Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful – Selected Gems from the DL Archives. Get lost on a visual trip to the surreal, mystical and mesmerizing realm of bizarre, hypnotic and wonderful movies. Including works by Anton Corbijn, John Christopher Gibson, Guy Maddin, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Allan Brown, Roger Deutsch, Masha Godovannaya. …
Directors Lounge heading for contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair, 30 Oct – 1 November 2015
Find the Directors Lounge booth and the C.A.R. Video Lounge (Auditorium) in the SANAA building right behind the entrance in hall 35 (A35), ground floor. We’ll see you there, right?
DL at the C.A.R. Video Lounge
With works by Daina Krumins (US) and Guy Maddin (CA) – a liberal smattering of two top-shelfers who have managed to burn feverish holes into the international psyche… read more
Artists presented at the DL booth
Reinhold Gottwald, Julia Murakami, Joachim Seinfeld, Alan Smithee, André Werner (pictured: “Viennese Catherine Window" by A. Werner, closed circuit installation, 2014)
Medienwerkstatt Berlin | Surveillance
“Schalten und Walten”: a selection of videos focussing on surveillance at the C.A.R. Video Lounge with works by Gabriele Stellbaum, Juliane Ebner, Fried Rosenstock, Youjia Lu, Barbara Steppe, Judith Groth / Frederike Vidal, Stephanie Hanna, Bettina Rave, Ariane Loze, Beate Maria Wörz, Sandra Becker, Petra Lottje, Yagama Jogmaya, Catherine Biocca, Maria Koehne, Gisela Weimann | pictured: Ariane Loze „Subordination“ … read more
contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), the innovative art fair
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein | 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015
Fri, October 30, 8 pm, V.I.P.-Preview, 6 pm
Public fair hours
Sat, October 30, 12 am – 8 pm
Sun, November, 1, 11 am – 7 pm
World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181/ 209, 45309 Essen
Representing nearly 20 million square kilometres of North American film art breeding ground, Daina Krumins (USA) and Guy Maddin (Canada) have managed to burn feverish holes into the international psyche lying beyond. Already in 1972, Krumins’ “The Divine Miracle” was pitching its silver screen magic carpet ride of saturated colours and religious iconography. Maddin squeezed the devil out of, and the life into, his black and white “Glorious” in 2008, leaving enough for any confessional longing. Here is a yin/yang of image masters, mutually repelling/embracing opposites born of a single visionary cell. Directors Lounge presents a liberal smattering of these two top-shelfers at contempary art ruhr, better known simply as C.A.R. No reason not to be there…
Read more about DL at Contemporary Art Ruhr
“I’m not supposed to speak to strangers, but we’ve met before”, 2011 from the series: “Once Upon A Time” by Julia Murakami, Alu-Dibond, lambda print under acrylic glass, 19.2 x 27.6 inch
Directors Lounge at the Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R.) , World Heritage Site Zollverein
The Zollverein World Heritage Site – also known as “the world’s most beautiful coal mine” – today the most famous industrial monument and centre of the creative industry in the Ruhr area.
Building A12, Directors Lounge, Berlin with Ina Otzko, D. Kimm & Brigitte Henry, Marie Losier, Julia Murakami, Alexei Dmitriev, Guy Maddin, Coleman Miller, Alan Smithee, Triny Prada, Fabiana Roscioli, André Werner, Clint Enns, Usama Alshaibi and others …
contemporary art ruhr 2011, the innovative art fair
Zollverein XII World Heritage Site building A2, A6, A5, A12, A 7/ red dot design museum, outdoor area
Fri, 28 October 2011, 8 p.m. at Zollverein World Heritage Site in Essen, V.I.P.-Preview: 6 p.m.
public fair days
Sat, 29 October 2011, 12 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun, 30 October 2011, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Zollverein XII World Heritage Site
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen, Germany
12,- € / 10,-€
still from Glorious, 2009 by Guy Maddin
THIRTY FRAMES A SECOND, TWO HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR
DIRECTORS LOUNGE’S GUY MADDIN SHORTS HEADING FOR ESSEN
No longer an upstart after seven consecutive years and scads of films of every conceivable genre, the Berlin International Directors Lounge (DL to the initiated) is still free of formula, corralling batches of like-minded works into presentable groupings but not bowing to predictability. No one knows quite what they are going to see here. That viewers can move freely about, mounting stairs and draping themselves over balcony railings to take in what’s splashed onto the screen may add to the slightly helter-skelter atmosphere. Question-and-answer sessions with selected directors and performers can prove as offbeat as some of the offerings, and left field live performances take it over the top. For free. There is nothing else like this in Berlin, one of the hardest claims you can make in this city. DL, while still arriving, has arrived. Renowned artists such as Michael Nyman have chosen to reveal their newest visions here, and films are being sent for consideration by the hundreds from all over the globe, with their creators and stars often enough making the trip to see how it looks up there, larger than life. Add to that fast-appearing online reviews of films and audience reaction, and you’ve got the makings of a cult carnival waiting to be reborn on a yearly basis, like a child who enjoyed the process enough to want to give it yet another go.
It had to happen that Berlin’s DL and Winnipeg’s enfant bizarre Guy Maddin would come together, and this year marked the time, when the Berlinale jury member brought a handful of his short features to form the backbone of an evening dedicated to his peculiar view of things, as seen through the (filmic) eyes of the influenced, heard via live readings from his enigmatic book From The Atelier Tovar and not least declared by way of the master’s aforementioned shorts themselves. A bit of everything was there. The giddy tomfoolery of Nude Caboose, the frenetic, fetishistic mock-punishment of Sissy Boy Slap Party, the industrial expressionism of The Heart Of The World. The house was full and imagination running at full tilt.
Directors Lounge is, with Mr. Maddin’s blessing, showing these tasty celluloid morsels at C.A.R. in Essen, offering up a peak into many little worlds portrayed in a myriad of ways: playful, distressing, subtle, haunting, head-on. Maddin comes to DL comes to you, and you only need eyes and ears to make it work.
– Kenton Turk
still from Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity, 1995 by Guy Maddin
Beyond The Atelier Tovard , the collection of shorts by Guy Maddin, will be accompanied by works that are influenced by him, dedicated to him, or otherwise Under The Influence Of The Atelier Maddin.
A screening with Guy Maddin’s own personal selection of his short films, complemented by readings of the filmmaker’s book From The Atelier Tovar* by Kenton Turk.
* available at coach house books
photo by Michael Evgi
Sat 19th 9:30pm
André Werner DE The Eyes Of Mankind
Clint Enns CA Back + Forth 3 min 20s 2009
This film documents the happenings on one of the strangest streets in winnipeg.
D. Kimm and Brigitte Henry CA Mademoiselle Clara Rabbit-Tamer 6min 2010
dedicated to Guy Maddin
In this silent movie stemming from another time, we follow Clara’s animated route, been born in a bourgeois family and which, because of a magnetic storm, develops a sick sympathy for rabbits. Small scientific so called genius obsessed by the rabbit transformation, she grows up and goes bad and then gets a job with the Baklava Circus. But finally she reaches the glory, hits the headlines of Paris Match and Life, meets a rich Arabian prince and finds the financing for her highly scientific projects. How far will she go?
André Werner DE The Eyes Of Mankind 14min 39s 2007
Two brothers falling in love with the same woman: Rose, the most beautiful woman of the world. How shall she decide? An impossible competition begins.
Marie Losier & Guy Maddin FR/CA Manuelle Labor 10min 2007
“Marie Losier is the most effervescent and psychologically accurate portrait artist working in film today. Her films wriggle with the energy and sweetness of a broken barrel full o’ sugar worms!!!! No one makes pictures like Marie, Edith Sitwell’s inner Tinkerbell!!!!!!!” , Guy Maddin, 2008
Sat 19th 10:30pm
It could be said that Guy Maddin’s films are rather like a fitful dreamer – tossing and turning in a restless search for “the truth uninhibited” as seen through melodrama. The man and his work(s) remain a gripping study of contradictions; gentle, yet bold, naked, yet stubbornly private, at once elusive, yet startlingly personal. When asked about what moved him to make Sissy Boy Slap Party, he cryptically and without a trace of sauciness replied “I was lonely.”
Best known for his homage to his birthplace My Winnipeg and for his uncompromising fidelity to the Hollywood studio system visuals of the 1920s & 30s, the master himself has carved out a place with the cinematic faithful as compelling as his beautifully crafted fables.
A “primitive” by his own description, Maddin doles out dollops of humour even as his works display a strain of melancholia. His heartfelt longing co-mingled with a naughty child’s joy in acting out makes him one of the very select few genuinely exciting filmmakers to have come along in recent memory. Watch and feel his night sweats stamped upon your being.
about the program
Guy Maddin, Canadian Filmmaker and juror at this year’s Berlinale, will be the subject of BEYOND THE ATELIER TOVAR. A screening with Maddin’s own personal selection of his short films. This program will be complemented by readings by Kenton Turk.
The musings, frustrations, visions and rants of the doyen of off-limits cinema Guy Maddin, with a film selection compiled by the filmmaker himself, delivered personally to Berlin for the Directors Lounge. Thank you, Guy!
Die Träumereien, Frustrationen, Visionen and Hetztiraden des Doyens des Tabu-Kinos Guy Maddin, mit einer Filmauswahl vom Filmemacher selbst zusammengestellt und zur Directors Lounge nach Berlin gebracht. Danke, Guy!