Tag Archives: 2004

American Car, 2004

American Car2004, two-channel video projection, colour, dual mono audio, Screen 1: 23 min 32 sec, Screen 2: 9 min 31 sec

In the first large-screen projection we seem to be witnessing a stakeout in the pouring rain by two undercover agents from some 1970s thriller, evoking all the usual stereotypes and a degree of suspense. The viewer is placed in the position of a person in the back seat of the car, hearing the noisy motor and the rain falling on the roof. But the next room opens onto a projection of a vast panoramic rural landscape, clearing after heavy rain. The last drops fall from the leaves and the birds start singing again. We see the car in the distance with the two men sitting still inside. The small trajectory from one room to the other has changed the perspective, time and suspense of an unresolved narrative.

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The Saddest Music in the World, 2004

A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Director: Guy Maddin
Music composed by: Christopher Dedrick
Screenplay: Guy Maddin, Kazuo Ishiguro, George Toles