A witty, surreal docu-fantasia about Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, a snowbound landscape where sleepwalkers roam, familial memories are re-imagined and there is seemingly no escape.
Commissioned by the Documentary Channel, My Winnipeg offered the director another chance to direct a documentary (of sorts) and fulfil his ever increasing desire to mythologise the landlocked, sub-zero-temperature prairie town.
Based on memory, civic records and lashings of bold artistic license, Maddin crafts a visual portrait of his home - the womb - the psyche - that is both thigh-slappingly funny and intensely moving.
Meshing documentary, recreation and narrative elements, Maddin's city-symphony movie employs a head-spinning number of formats (from Hi-8 to 16mm) which give a dreamily schizophrenic look and feel, but one that is unmistakeably stamped "Maddin".
My Winnipeg was an international hit that proved something of a cross-over for the director. Like its predecessor, this final chapter in the "Me Trilogy" (including Cowards Bend the Knee and Brand Upon the Brain) was first presented as a live silent film, with Maddin performing narration.
"A haunting phantasmagoria of a film - comic, singular, surreal" - Los Angeles Times
"Maddin's real point - and, for admirers of this brilliant and idiosyncratic artist, the true source of the movie's interest - is that Winnipeg explains him." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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