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Keyhole

Keyhole
Director: Guy Maddin

Canada, Drama, thriller, 2011, 93 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, N13
A gangster and deadbeat father, Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric), returns home after a long absence. He arrives, toting two teenagers: a drowned girl, Denny (Brooke Palsson), who has mysteriously returned to life; and a bound‐and‐gagged hostage, who is actually his own teenage son, Manners (David Wontner). Confused, Ulysses doesn't recognize his own son, but he feels he must make an indoor odyssey through the house. He moves through shadowy territory, haunted by countless ghosts of dead relatives, where time and place shift and walls are soaked with grief and despair. He travels from the back door of his home all the way up, one room at a time, to the bedroom where his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) awaits. Ulysses‘ odyssey becomes an emotional tour as the house reveals more and more mysteries of the Pick family... Acclaimed eccentric Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin fuses Homer‘s epic poem “Odyssey”, classic Hollywood horror and gangster movies to create a dark, surrealistic, visually beautiful and bizarre film about memory and loss.
 
Awards:
 
2011 – Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Whistler Film Festival (Canada).
 
About the director:
 
Guy Maddin was born in 1956, in Winnipeg, Canada. He studied Economics at the University of Winnipeg and then earned his living as a house painter. But in the late 70s and early 80s Maddin cultivated his interest in cinema and is now a renowned filmmaker with ten features and numerous short films to his credit. His feature films include cult-classic “Tales From The Gimli Hospitalˮ (1988); “Archangelˮ (1990), which won the US National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, “Dracula – Pages from a Virgin's Diaryˮ (2002; won Emmy Award),. “The Saddest Music in The Worldˮ (2003), “Brand Upon the Brain!ˮ (2006), “My Winnipegˮ (2007), awarded as the Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) and his latest feature “Keyholeˮ, which is his first digitally shot film. Guy Maddin has won many other awards, including the Telluride Film Festival (USA) Silver Medallion For Life Achievement in 1995 (as the youngest ever). His films are noted for their unique style, anachronistic genre mashes, complex personal mythology and references to film history.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: George Toles, Guy Maddin

Dir. of Photography: Ben Kasulke

Music: Jason Staczek

Cast: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Kevin McDonald, Brooke Palsson, David Wontner