Guy Maddin says it’s important to plant a grain the viewer’s eye to keep them alert—a motto he has been faithful to throughout his work of creation, not least in his latest film The Forbidden Room. In this playful, and Venice-prized, documentary we get a delightful trip through Maddin’s richly populated universe. Here we see his great source of inspiration, Fritz Lang, as well as Brothers Quay and indeed Buñuel. Maddin narrates like a brilliant teacher, both about the genesis of his own works and how the non-linear narration creates its own qualities.
The film won Venezia Classici Award in Venice Film Festival (2015).