From Thu 15 Oct, the basement cinemas of the Centre Pompidou will play host to the weird and wonderful mind of Guy Maddin, delving into the disjointed, incestuous, bizarrely eroticized, and freaky subconscious of Winnipeg’s finest, with a partial retrospective of his films long and short. Dark humour abounds in the eccentricities of his out-of-this-world characters and even more obscure settings, chock full of homoeroticism, beauty, agitprop avant-garde, disfigurement, and death. A devotee of the silent film style, particularly from the Weimar and Soviet pedigrees, Maddin expresses an originality and vision which is truly unsurpassed; his unique style is typified by the use of heavy chiaroscuro (thanks to a camera lens occasionally caked in Vaseline), unique lighting arrangements and frenetic editing. He will be in-house on Sat 17 Oct with Isabella Rossellini, star of his most well-known work The Saddest Music in the World, to present this film alongside a selection of shorts on the sexual lives of insects and marine animals entitled Green Pornos. Also look out for the kitsch and colourful Careful and his highly prized short The Heart of the World.
Until 7 Nov