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"One of the year's 10 best films." --
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
The latest Cinema Spectacular, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! from director Guy
Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS). In an unprecedented
act of faith in the enduring power of the theatrical experience, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! is
being presented as an expansive live event in select cities, featuring an 11-piece
"live" orchestra, a 3-person "Live" Foley (sound effects performed
onstage) team, and a "live" celebrity narrator, and onstage Castrato supplementing
the filmic image, to comprise a one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacle.
Following presentations of this unique stage production, the feature
film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will continue at the Egyptian as a regular film run (with a
pre-recorded soundtrack including narration by Isabella Rossellini) until June 14th.
Featuring an original score by Jason Staczek, BRAND! has been
earning unqualified raves during nine months on the festival circuit, including
Festival-best mentions at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, 2006 New York Film Festival, and
the 2007 Berlinale. BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, Maddin's first production filmed outside of his
native Winnipeg, was produced by
The Film Company, a unique, Seattle-based independent film studio
founded in 2004 by filmmaker Gregg Lachow (who directed/produced his own modern day
"silent" film with live components, SILENCE! in 2001). BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!
world premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It has since been
performed with live accompaniment at the 2006 New York Film Festival, the 2007 Berlin
International Film Festival, the 2007 Mexico City Film Festival, and the 2007 Buenos Aires
Film Festival. Surreal, satiric and surprisingly touching, Maddin's film looks at the
secret lives of families in a work that is equal parts childhood reminiscence,
Expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie. Guy Maddin's
latest delirious creation is a silent film like none you have ever seen before.
Official Website: www.Branduponthebrain.com
BRAND UPON THE BRAIN, 2006, The Film
Company/Vitagraph Films, 96 min. Dir. Guy Maddin. Whatever are young "Guy
Maddin's" parents really up to in their lighthouse home/orphanage on a chilly remote
island? Overbearing Mother (Gretchen Krich) tracks her son's (Sullivan Brown) every move,
bellowing for him to come home over the "Aerophone" just as something
interesting is about to happen! And poor Sis (Maya Lawson), his older sister (who is
rapidly blossoming into a young woman) -- Mother will never let her have any fun! The
intrigue continues as deranged Mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and sinister
Scientist-Father (Todd Jefferson Moore) who is sequestered night and day in his basement
laboratory, engage in diabolical, secret experimentation. When new parents of recently
adopted children from the orphanage notice strange wounds on the youngsters' necks, a pair
of teen sleuths, Wendy (Katherine E. Scharhon) and her brother Chance, known as "The
Lightbulb Kids," appear on the island to investigate -- and in the process, inspire
Guy's first crush and Sis' first love affair. The lurid family secrets that unfold
"Guy Maddin's latest astonishment-- has ransacked film history and his own delirious
imagination to create a work like none other: a silentlyshot film about a man who, on
revisiting his childhood home, hurtles unto a past where orphan children, coy lesbian
lovers, and a mad scientist converge."
-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"This is the film even of the year and it arrives dripping with
something called Orphan Nectar."
-- Grady Hendrix, The New York Sun
phantasmagoric story that could be a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and Salvador
Dali. It's an astonishing film: weird, obsessed, drawing on subterranean impulses,
-- Roger Ebert, www.rogerebert.com
**** (4 stars) "...A retro silent thriller that might be found in Lon Chaney's
-- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
*** ½ "Unlike anything out there."
-- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Majestically strange and intermittently hilarious, it's one of the damndest
things you'll ever see on a movie screen."
-- Cliff Doerksen, Time Out Chicago
"Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin isn't known for run-of-the-mill movies, but the
feature he debuted at the Toronto Fest was outrageous even for him. A silent film taking
the form of a twelve-chapter Feuillade-flavored serial and designed to have live
accompaniment, the movie itself is a match for any of his features to date, and could
outstrip earlier efforts in the arthouse arena.."
-- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"The finest evening at Toronto 2006?
a comedic detour into a whirlpool of
incest, lunacy, and obsession that typifies the cine-world of the wonderfully demented
-- Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
Live Show Times
Friday, June 8 - 7:30 PM
Narrator: Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)
Saturday, June 9 - 7:30 PM
Narrator Author Daniel Handler ("Lemony
Saturday, June 9 - 10:00 PM
Mike Watt (The
Minutemen, Bassist for Iggy Pop & The Stooges current tour)
* Sunday and Monday are NOT sold out. If
you have experienced problems buying online just come to the box office.
Sunday, June 10 - 7:30 PM
Narrator Actor Udo Kier (Star of all of Lars Von Trier's
films since 1987 and a protege of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Monday, June 11 - 7:30 PM
Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)
$25 General, $22 Students & Seniors; $20 Cinematheque
Tickets at the Door:
$30 General Admission. Other prices remain the same.
Prices & showtimes for shows with
pre-recorded soundtrack (no live accompaniment)
Monday, June 11 - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, June 12 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 12 - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, June 13 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, June 13 - 9:30 PM
Thursday, June 14 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 14 - 9:30 PM
*The Monday, June 11, 7:30 PM show has been
converted into a live show. The 9:30 PM will be the film with pre-recorded
$10 General, $8 Seniors and Students, $7 Cinematheque