THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
—A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears.
The feature film The Forbidden Room stems from an ambitious interactive project the NFB, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson initiated back in 2012 called Seances. An installation, a film shoot and an interactive experience, Seances took as its inspiration the lost films of cinema history, but the result was an ecstatic hauting: lush, rapid and legion. Maddin's movie-ghosts burn bright, intermingle, and demand that you acknowledge both their absence and their multitude. The project began in 2012 at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris where Maddin shot 18 films, and culminated at the Phi Centre where the public was invited to attend the shoot that lasted for almost two weeks. A true act of cinematic spiritualism featuring several Montreal actors, Seances resulted in a total of 12 shorts filmed in front of a live audience over 13 days, from July 4 to 20, 2013. Seances will be released in 2015.
A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.
ABOUT GUY MADDIN
ABOUT GUY MADDIN
Guy Maddin is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. He has more than ten features to his credit and numerous short films. A Member of the Order of Canada and of Manitoba (his home province), Guy Maddin has won several awards for his work, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for My Winnipeg. Guy Maddin has also collaborated with the NFB on the creation of Night Mayor, an experimental film presented at TIFF in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NFB.
MONGREL INTERNATIONAL and PHI FILMS present a PHI FILMS and BUFFALO GAL PICTURES production in co-production with THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
Montreal casting ROSINA BUCCI – ELITE CASTING
Paris casting ALEXANDRE NAZARIAN
The Final Derriere written, produced, and performed by SPARKS
Costume designers ELODIE MARD, YSO SOUTH, JULIE CHARLAND
Colour & effects EVAN JOHNSON GALEN JOHNSON
Title design GALEN JOHNSON
Film editor JOHN GURDEBEKE
Production designer GALEN JOHNSON
art directors BRIGITTE HENRY, CHRIS LAVIS, MACIEK SZCZERBOWSKI
Construction foreman GEOFF LEVINE
Director of photography STEPHANIE WEBER-BIRON, BEN KASULKE (Paris)
Supervising producers JEAN du TOIT, LIZ JARVIS, EMMANUELLE HÉROUX
Executive producers DAVID CHRISTENSEN, NIV FICHMAN, JODY SHAPIRO, FRANÇOIS-PIERRE CLAVEL
Producers PHYLLIS LAING, GUY MADDIN for NFB DAVID CHRISTENSEN
Producers PHOEBE GREENBERG, PENNY MANCUSO
Written by GUY MADDIN, EVAN JOHNSON, ROBERT KOTYK
Additional story writer KIM MORGAN
How to Take a Bath written by JOHN ASHBERY
Co-director EVAN JOHNSON
Director GUY MADDIN
Produced with the participation of TELEFILM CANADA and with financial investment from MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC and in association with PHI CENTRE, GEORGES POMPIDOU NATIONAL PUBLIC CULTURAL ESTABLISHMENT and KIDAM