Magazine article Screen International

Toronto 2011: Guy Maddin

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto 2011: Guy Maddin

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Iconic Canadian director Guy Maddin is presenting his latest mind-bending opus Keyhole here as a Special Presentation.

Shot in his trademark black and white, the Odyssey-inspired film stars Jason Patric as Ulysses Pick, a gangster who returns one stormy night to his house after a long absence in an effort to see his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) who is hiding out in a room upstairs.

This is initially a gangster story so what were you plotting when you devised it?

I wanted to cross-pollinize a ghost story and a gangster story and capture the flavours of both haunted house and gangster movies. They seem to go well together, like peanut butter and bacon. But it's also the autobiography of a house. For years I was treated to a cycle of dreams featuring a cavalcade of dead relatives but in recent years that has been replaced by dreams of homes, including my childhood home, in which people weren't visible. There were all sorts of chambers in architectural structures in these dreams. So in this film I wanted to recreate these dreams for posterity. In many ways, making a film is a therapeutic device to move on. You get sick of the subject because of the vast array of shots you have to do on it that you can't help but get over it. …

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