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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.14.10] Canada short

If you're at all familiar with Canadian auteur Guy Maddin, you already know what to expect. For those who don't know the Genius from the North, here's your way into the bizzare, strange world of Maddin.

The Night Mayor was created for the National Film Board of Canada (commonly referred to as the NFB), to celebrate their anniversary and the film premiered at TIFF last year. After much waiting and the thought that we may never have the opportunity to see the film, the NFB does what they do best, they share it with the world. The full short has appeared online and it's well worth 13 minutes of your time.

The short tells the story of inventor Nihad Ademi, who harnesses the power of the Aurora Borealis in 1939 Winnipeg. Ademi uses the power to broadcast images of Canada to its own citizens from coast to coast, but in the process angers the government.

Get ready to enter Maddin's world. Once you've done that, head to the local video store and pick-up My Winnipeg (trailer); you won't be disappointed.

Full short, care of the NFB, after the break.

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Hal (12 years ago) Reply

seems a bit obtuse to do a film about the aurora borealis, so major colors in the sky, in black and white


Marina (12 years ago) Reply

Agreed. I chalk that up to Maddin oddness.


Hal (12 years ago) Reply

Good point. Genius is better when it's strange anyway.

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