CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Deals, IFC, Distribution, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematical Indie, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalOrdinarily I wouldn't think that a "surreal documentary ... on Winnipeg that is all set in the course of a narrated goodbye to the city" (in the words of our own Monika Bartyzel) would be a likely acquisition target, but I'm happy to be proved wrong. Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg has been picked up by IFC Entertainment, according to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. While IFC has claimed US rights, Maximum Films has secured distribution in Canada.
Guy Maddin continues to follow his own path as a filmmaker. In her review, Monika wrote: "If you're not into experimental and fantastical filmmaking, you might not like My Winnipeg, but it would be a terrible waste. Maddin has done something that is sorely lacking in documentary film -- he's used his humor to create a thoroughly funny and engaging journey that informs through entertainment, rather than verbose exposition."
Maddin's last film, Brand Upon the Brain!, played selected theatrical engagements with an orchestra, live foley artists, a narrator and a singer. This time around, Maddin stood on stage for each TIFF screening of My Winnipeg and provided live narration.Monika's not the only one who enjoyed it -- so did Todd Brown at Twitch, Jason McBride at Toronto Life and Eric at Moviepie Musings, among others. And all of the reviews agree that it's a very funny film. Here's hoping that IFC won't delay too long in making it available to the rest of us -- with or without Guy Maddin in person to narrate. SCREENING ALERT: The film plays once more tonight in Toronto.