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Canada 80m, B&W
Director: Guy Maddin; Cast: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Brendan Cade, Wesley Cade, Louis Negin
My Winnipeg is a highly original and deeply personal expressionist pseudo-documentary about Guy Maddin’s connection to Winnipeg – his home town. It is a film which immediately brings to memory Graeme Patterson’s, “Woodrow” – a sculptural installation combining scale models of iconic buildings with animatronics and video-animation of Woodrow Saskatchewan. Both Maddin’s film and Patterson’s sculpture are a mélange of history, nostalgia, architecture and an examination of sense of place. Part fantasy, part fact, My Winnipeg is Madden’s fascinating personal critique of his hometown – created as Frankenstein’s monster from the combination of unusual childhood memories and strange “historical” stories. As with his other films, My Winnipeg has a dreamlike quality, filled with evocative, powerful, playful and unforgettable images (Klaus Ming November 2010).