Thursday, February 11, 2010

FREE SATURDAY SCREENING

February 13th, 2010
O CANADA

3:00 PM


THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

Dir. Guy Maddin (CA, 2003) 100 mins

In 1933, in Winnipeg during the American Great Depression, the legless baroness of beer industry, Lady Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini), promotes a contest to choose the saddest music in the world and find the real drinkers in the process. Musicians from across the world come to Winnipeg to try their luck in the competition, but the contest eventually becomes a battle within one family: a patriotic Canadian father and his expatriate sons, one of whom represents the United States, the other Serbia.

So many movies travel the same weary roads, so few imagine entirely original worlds. Guy Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the World" exists in a time and place we have never seen before, although it claims to be set in Winnipeg in 1933. The city, we learn, has been chosen by the London Times, for the fourth year in a row, as "the world capital of sorrow."

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