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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON

Directed by: 
GUY MADDIN, EVAN JOHNSON, GALEN JOHNSON
31'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 18:30
Written by: 
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
Cast: 
Paul Gross, Michael Kennedy, Karl Campbell, Allan Hawco, Rossif Sutherland, Guy Maddin, Richard O'Brien-Moran
Cinematography: 
John Gurdebeke, Jody Shapiro
Editing: 
Evan Johnson
Sound: 
Galen Johnson
Producer: 
Niv Fichman, Jody Shapiro
Romanian Premiere
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What do you get when a modern-day-Méliès is hired to produce a making-of of a big-budget war film? A rollicking satire, probing deep into cinema’s heart of darkness. Financially and creatively drained, Guy Maddin becomes an artist-for-hire on the set of Canadian movie star Paul Gross’ Hyena Road, filming behind-the-scenes on the Jordanian desert standing in for Taliban-held Afghanistan. Creativity and sun strike at once, and what’s meant to be a straightforward promo, internally combusts into a fever-dream of artistic subversion. Via manipulated footage and narrated musings on Canadian pop-culture and the epistemology of cinema, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton conflates the ego’s in/eternal battles of art vs. commerce, with bloated patriotism and the ethics of representation. Hilarious and sombre, but deeply sincere in its contradictions, this is pop-art cine-manifesto at its finest. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson

Guy Maddin, 2015-16 visiting lecturer at Harvard, has created, over the last 30 years, countless shorts and 11 feature films, including The Forbidden Room, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and opened the 2015 Berlin Film Festival Forum. Earlier in his career he helmed Emmy Award-winning ballet film Dracula  Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002); The Saddest Music in the World (2003); and US National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prize-Winners Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). He is also an internationally acclaimed installation artist and the author of three published books. He is a member of both the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba, and was awarded the Telluride Silver Medallion for life achievement in film in 1995.
 
Evan Johnson is a writer and filmmaker based in Winnipeg. He worked as a camera operator on My Winnipeg (2007). The Forbidden Room (2015) is his debut feature, co-directed together with Guy Maddin. He is also the co-creator of the installation The Forbidden Room – A Living Poster.
 
Galen Johnson is a Winnipeg-based artist. He graduated from the environmental design program at the University of Manitoba. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Walrus and Canadian Dimension.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Berlin International Film Festival - Forum Expanded 2016
  • Toronto International Film Festival - Wavelengths
  • New York Film Festival
  • Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival 2016
  • IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival
  • Jeonju International Film Festival
  • Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
  • True/False Film Fest
Curatorial comment:
Internationally renowned film director Guy Maddin finds himself lying on his back on a movie set in the dust of the Jordanian desert, posing as a dead Taliban soldier in the far background of an action sequence. Originally hired to shoot a making-of documentary about the film in production – Paul Gross’s Afghan war drama Hyena Road – Maddin, flat broke and discontented, takes to musing about his role on the set, Canada’s role in Afghanistan, and cinema’s role in political and violent conflict. Part cine-essay and part behind-the-scenes documentary, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton repurposes footage captured on the set of Hyena Road into a psychedelic, darkly comical tale of alpha men, cartoonish violence, and one forlorn artist’s quest for meaning. (Forum Expanded, Berlin International Film Festival 2016)