Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World feels like a movie from another era: its picture a grainy black-and-white (with moments of Technicolor), the sound ever-so-slightly out of sync, the set design firmly expressionistic. Set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, the dramatic story features beer baroness (and heartbroken double-amputee) Lady Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini), who holds a contest to find the saddest tune in existence. What follows is a fierce bit of sibling rivalry, old lovers scorned again, and a drunk looking for redemption. Oh, and throw in some truly bizarre glass prosthetic legs filled with beer for good measure. Confused? Don't be. The earlier screening is film-only, while the second show is hosted by Maddin himself. Come for the crazy spectacle, stay for the illuminating commentary.
Thu., June 18, 7 & 9 p.m., 2009