165 West 65th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10023
Subway: 1 to 66th Street - Lincoln Center
Performa 11: Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed
Fri, Nov 18, 2011, 7:00 pm -
Sat, Nov 19, 2011, 10:30 pm
$25/$20 in advance.
This unique live cinematic and musical event pairs acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin’s classic first feature film with a live musical performance, directed by Maddin himself. It takes the original Tales from the Gimli Hospital in an entirely new direction.
A cult sensation when it was released theatrically in 1988, the original Tales from the Gimli Hospital tells the dreamlike, elliptical story of the jealousy and madness instilled in two men sharing a hospital room in a remote Canadian village. The film propelled Maddin to international prominence, becoming a success in the midnight movie circuit, and is now being completely transformed in this brand new performance.
Dramatic new narration written by Maddin is performed in a mixture of singing and speaking by the bewitching Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, and a hauntingly gorgeous score composed by Matthew Patton is performed by acclaimed Icelandic musicians Gyda Valtýsdóttir (cello), Borgar Magnason (double bass), and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (violin).
Layers upon layers of music drawn from different sources reflect the story-within-a-story structure of the film, and an ethereal tone that draws out the darkest, most haunting elements of the film, bring Maddin’s original artwork to life in a sublime and unexpected new way.