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Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
dir. Guy Maddin / Canada 1997 / 92’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Guy Maddin

Cast

Pascale Bussiėres, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin, Alice Krige, R.H. Thomson, Ross McMillian, Frank Kowalski, Breanne Dowhan, Nigel Whitmay

Film description

Twilight of the Ice Nymphswas visually inspired by the works of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), one of the leading symbolists and the screenplay was based on Prosper Mérimée and Knut Hamsun's works about Pan, as well as on motifs of William Shakespeare's Tempest.

This is probably the most controversial among Maddin's films and some critics declared that this time the director had gone too far. Without criticising the film's visual beauty and poetic atmosphere, they claimed the stylisation was exaggerated and above all - purposeless. Maddin himself was not sure about the effects of his work either: about the experiment with the 35 mm tape (instead of the usual 16 mm), working with professional actors and using dialogues.

Although the way this film was made was exceptional in Maddin's work, we can find here his typical obsessions: prostheses, stuffed animals, sleepwalkers, hypnosis, the story about an argument and hatred between two sisters. Twilight is doubtlessly beautiful and seducing and maybe its power comes from the imperfections, too.

Agata Rosochacka

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There will be a special screening of Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain! attended by the director himself, with a performance by foley artists, narrator Gosia Dobrowolska and an orchestra.

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