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Title year:2003
Original dialogue(s):English
Running time:100 min 17 sec
Description:During the depths of the Great Depression, beer baroness Lady Port-Huntly announces a global competition to determine the “saddest” music in the world. Musicians from across the globe pour into Winnipeg to vie for the whopping $25,000 prize. The Kent family confronts the wretched secrets of their past while locked in the competition for this greatest of prizes. Younger brother Chester, the cynical and failed Broadway producer, is ready to mesmerize all with a little Yankee Doodle razzle-dazzle hanky honker. Older brother Roderick, a cellist who has returned from post-war Serbia, is inconsolable over the disappearance of his beloved wife. Their despairing father Fyodor is tormented with guilt over the accidental amputation of the legs of his one true love, Lady Port-Huntly. To complicate matters further, enter the dark angel Narcissa, an otherworldly nymphomaniac sleepwalker who has become Chester’s latest companion and muse.

Credited as:
Director(s):Guy Maddin
Screen writer(s):Guy Maddin
George Toles
Credited as: Source material:
Writing source:Kazuo Ishigurooriginal screenplay

Credited as: Character name:
Actor(s):Mark McKinney
Isabella Rossellini
Maria de Medeiros
David Fox
Ross McMillan
Louis Negin
Darcy Fehr
Claude Dorge
Talia Pura
Jeff Sutton
Graeme Valentin
Maggie Nagle
Victor Cowie
Jessica Burleson
Wayne Nicklas
Nancy Drake
David Gillies
Daphne Korol
Adriana O'Neil
Jeff Skinner
Craig Aftanas
Mark Boiselle
Brock MacGregor
Daniel Hawkins

Credited as:
Producer(s):Niv Fichman
Jody Shapiro
Co-producers(s):Phyllis Laing
Executive producers(s):Daniel Iron
Atom Egoyan

Credited as:
Editor(s):David Wharnsby
Musician(s):Christopher Dedrick
Photography:Luc Montpellier
Ruben Guzman (S8mm)

Support:16mm and S8mm Col & BW finished format 35mm
Aspect ratio:1.85:1

Festival(s):VeniceAugust 31, 2003
TorontoSeptember 07, 2003
CalgaryOctober 02, 2003
Release:TorontoApril 30, 2004
Montréal (Ex-Centris FST Cinéma du Parc)April 30, 2004
WinnipegApril 30, 2004
VancouverApril 30, 2004
New York (Landmark's Sunshine Cinema)April 30, 2004
London (U.K.)May 07, 2004

Location(s):Winnipeg (MB)
Laboratory:Deluxe Toronto
Medallion/PFA Film & Video
The Lab in Toronto Inc.
Exclusive for S8mm

Distribution area:CanadaCn TVA Films (Groupe TVA Inc.)

CFFD Reference No.: 3852