The Saddest Music in the World

  • Guy Maddin /
  • Canada /
  • 2003 /
  • 100 mins

Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan / Fiction / English

Beer filled glass prostheses, sage tape worms, and a grainy expressionist aesthetic: it’s the beloved masterpiece from the Winnipeg master, to whom we doff our caps this year.

If you are unfamiliar with Maddin’s work, rush to see this blackly funny, sumptuous- yet-lo-fi quasi-musical on the big screen. It centres around a vampy, career-invigorating turn from the lustrous Isabella Rosselini, as the legless Lady Port-Huntley, running a contest to find the eponymous music, to boost sales of her company’s beer, just before Prohibition is lifted. Look for Guy Maddin’s shorts on Saturday 25 June.

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