The Forbidden Room

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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Guy Maddin's ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing... read more
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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Guy Maddin's ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin's grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help of master poet John Ashbery, the film features Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adele Haenel, Amira Casar and Elina Lowensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.

Original Release

04/12/2015

US Release

10/07/2015

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Cast

Mathieu Amalric Ostler / Thadeusz M___
Udo Kier Pharmacist / Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard
Charlotte Rampling The Ostler's Mother
Geraldine Chaplin Aunt Chance / The Master Passion / Nursemaid
Louis Negin Mr. Lanyon / Marv / Smithy / Mars / Organizer
Maria de Medeiros Clotilde / The Blind Mother
Roy Dupuis Cesare
Clara Furey Margot
Gregory Hlady A Husband / Jarvis / Dr. Deane
Noël Burton The Captain / Wolf / Pilot
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Directors

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

Writers

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Bob Kotyk, Kim Morgan, John Ashbery

Cast

Mathieu Amalric Ostler / Thadeusz M___
Udo Kier Pharmacist / Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard
Charlotte Rampling The Ostler's Mother
Geraldine Chaplin Aunt Chance / The Master Passion / Nursemaid
Louis Negin Mr. Lanyon / Marv / Smithy / Mars / Organizer
Maria de Medeiros Clotilde / The Blind Mother
Roy Dupuis Cesare
Clara Furey Margot
Gregory Hlady A Husband / Jarvis / Dr. Deane
Noël Burton The Captain / Wolf / Pilot
Paul Ahmarani Speedy / Dr. Deng
Caroline Dhavernas Gong
Slimane Dazi Baron Pappenheim
Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles Pancho (as Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon) / Saplingjack 1 / Listening Man / Pancho
Sophie Desmarais Jane Lanyon
Ariane Labed The Chambermaid / Alicia Warlock
Karine Vanasse Florence Labadie
Romano Orzari Dr. Moarte-Joc / Squid Thief / Madman
Alex Bisping Harlan
Kent McQuaid Mason

Producers

Editors

John Gurdebeke

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