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Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

Canada 2015 133 mins.

A film that “has more ideas in ten minutes than most filmmakers have in their entire oeuvres” (Sight and Sound), The Forbidden Room has been favorably compared to taking LSD in a film archive. Reshaping cinematic images into surreal juxtapositions and ingeniously impossible narratives, we are led through delirious visions with an equally eclectic cast that includes Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Rampling. “A wild, demented cinephiliac feast from the mind of Guy Maddin.”—Hollywood Reporter. Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association.



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