Don’t Open that Door



He has a unique style, like no other. Between the love for classic films and the energy of experimental avant-garde, we can find Guy Maddin, the soul of filmmakers from Winnipeg, Canada. A director with a vast career who, once again, surprises us with an experience similar to getting inside his own creative method.

A mixture of found footage and a tale of adventures, The Forbidden Room’s introduction is very much like many renowned B movies. From romantic adventures in the middle of the sea to British gothic tales, Maddid goes through half of the planet looking for the consciousness of cinema.

That is the door that takes us into a forgotten, forbidden room. The arrival of a strange man into a submarine lost in the middle of the ocean –one of the most absurd appearances in the history of cinema- takes us to a Chinese boxes type of story, which leads the audience around the world, on train, to discover intense, dark and passionate characters. Horror lurks at every corner when every man is tempted to develop their most sinful side. Volcanos, monsters, disfigured figures, shadows.

Each door that opens can be opened, for example, by Geraldine Chaplin in a diabolic plan, or by Mathieu Amalric, being subdued by his own nightmares.

Memories, letters, looks that take us to different mental halls into an extraordinary journey. The director of The Saddest Music in the World invites us to be astonished with every new turn. It is cinema of the future and of the past. It is a time machine that never stops working, and a great tribute to celluloid, to true celluloid, the one that set on fire if a single match was lighted.

The story’s comprehension is limited to a few audios and some intertitles. However, Maddin is faithful to the origins of cinematographic art. He lets the images speak for themselves.

Allowing yourself to be manipulated by Guy Maddin is always a pleasure which cannot be missed.

TH 5, 07.40 PM, AMB 4
SA 7, 08.20 PM, AMB 4
SU 8, 10.20 PM, AMB 4



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