The Heart of the World (2000)
Hospital Fragment (2000)
A Trip to the Orphanage (2004)
Sombra Dolarosa (2004)
My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2005)
Odin's Shield Maiden (2007)
Nude Caboose (2008)
Spanky: To the Pier and Back (2008)
It's My Mother's Birthday Today (2008)
Guy Maddin, OM, CM (born February 28, 1956) is a Canadian screenwriter, director, cinematographer and film editor of both features and short films from Winnipeg, Manitoba. His most distinctive quality is his penchant for recreating the look and style of silent or early sound era films which has solidified his popularity and acclaim in alternative film circles.While Maddin strives to recreate the styles and moods of early film melodramas, Weimar Republic German silent films, and 1920s Soviet agit-prop, his own personal style lies in his use of clichés, psychosexual situations, bizarre stories and humour. Reminiscent of the early work of American director David Lynch, it is this self-conscious and surreal merging of early film-making techniques with a post-modern sensibility that give Maddin's films a style referred to as "Ultra-Conformist" or "Anti-Progressive". Assistance from provincial and national Arts Councils as well as the Winnipeg Film Group aid in Maddin's pursuit in the making of his films.
Maddin himself attributes his embarkation into the film world with his viewing of Luis Buñuel's L’âge d’Or, as told to journalist Robert K. Elder in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life.
I don’t even know if I would have even known how to begin making movies [had I not seen this film]. [Buñuel] made moviemaking seem necessary to me…It was the urgency of what Buñuel’s L’ âge d’or was about, this passionate affair ending in disaster. That was all I could relate to at that point in my life.
His film education came not with any formal training at a trade school, or his experiences at the University of Winnipeg, but with endless weekends of watching films with close friends John Paizs and Steve Snyder. Soon realizing that Paizs was making and performing in his own post-modern films and Snyder was teaching production at the University of Manitoba, Maddin eventually gave up his day-jobs as a bank-teller and house painter, deciding that he needed to put his own knowledge to work and step behind the camera, in his case the popular Bolex hand-wound 16mm camera.
Maddin's first film was the Winnipeg Film Group assisted 1986 16mm short film The Dead Father. His first 16mm feature film was Tales from the Gimli Hospital.
In 2007, Maddin became the first artist-curator of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In this position, he performs the programming for their new "Curated by..." series.
As of fall 2007, Maddin will be teaching film at the University of Manitoba. Also in 2007, Maddin's film My Winnipeg won the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Maddin's films are often set in his home town of Winnipeg and are usually set in abstract 20th century historical periods. Themes in Maddin's films frequently include unrequited love, murder, Soviet Russia, homoeroticism, incest, dismemberment and the workings of human impulse and subconscious.