Canadian auteur Guy Maddin first released his debut feature film, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, in 1988. In it, his go-to leading man, Kyle McCulloch, plays Einar, a smallpox-infected Winnipegian who engages in a series of jealousy-fueled, fever-dreamlike competitions with his hospital roommate, Gunnar. Darkly comic and absurdly twisted, the film set the tone for what would become Guy Maddin’s oeuvre, a collection of films that would later involve a legless beer baroness and a reenactment of his childhood brought to life by actors and his actual mom. This Friday and Saturday in New York, Maddin returns to his roots with Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed, a screening of his first film paired with a live performance scored by composer Matthew Patton, performed by Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and narrated by Maddin himself. Despite being knee-deep in rehearsals, he agreed to mad-lib his way through the BULLETT Questionnaire. Word to the wise: If you should ever find yourself with an invitation to watch “food-o-centric” movies at Maddin’s house, run in the opposite direction. Fast.
Click here to buy tickets to Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed, presented by Performa and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.