You want an obscure little flick to discover? Look no further than Kino Lorber’s upcoming release of the weird and psychedelic feature The Forbidden Room… if you dare!
From the Press Release:
Kino Lorber proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Forbidden Room, a film by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson and featuring a cast including Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Clara Furey, and Roy Dupuis. This visually bold, imaginative film weaves together different stories and characters into a kaleidoscopic cinematic tapestry that pays homage to silent cinema while creating a totally unique experience that has been hailed by critics as “unforgettable” (Bilge Ebiri, Vulture) and “a wild, demented cinephiliac feast” (The Hollywood Reporter).
Directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg) and frequent collaborator Evan Johnson, The Forbidden Room will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 8th, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Extras include audio commentary with Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, “Endless Ectoloops,” “Living Posters,” Once a Chicken, a séance with Lázsló Moholy-Nagy (a short film directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson), and the trailer. The Blu-ray and DVD also include a booklet with essays by Guy Maddin and Hillary Weston.
Released theatrically by Kino Lorber last year, The Forbidden Room opened to strong critical acclaim at New York’s Film Forum in October 2015 before moving on to national markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boulder, San Francisco, Chicago, and Austin, among many others. Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray March 8th.
The Forbidden Room is an epic phantasmagoria from Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women, and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein, and a perverted six-year-old child, The Forbidden Room is a grand ode to lost cinema. Created with the help of poet John Ashbery, the film features Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adéle Haenel, Amira Casar, and Elina Löowensohn as a cavalcade of misfits, thieves, and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience.