If there's a director out there who is deserving a larger audience, it's Guy Maddin. I plan to write more about that another time, but for now, I wanted to direct you to this piece of awesomeness. The Toronto International Film Festival is already planning a pretty killer line-up, and it's now been boosted by Mr. Maddin himself. The NFB has announced that Night Mayor will have its world premiere at the festival. (The picture above is one of the stills from the film.)
As I told you back in March, Night Mayor is a short drama that came out of Maddin's experiences immersed in the NFB archives. That might suggest that this will be some sort of creative montage, but nothing is typical in Maddin's world. The film is set in 1939, when Scottish immigrant John Grierson (father of Brit and Canadian documentary film) founded the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). "The deliberately implausible story portrays Nihad Ademi, a Bosnian immigrant, serving also as Winnipeg's 'night mayor,' who recruits his family to harness the multi-coloured waves of the Aurora Borealis, and use its power to broadcast images of his beloved adoptive country to its identity-starved citizens from coast to coast."
Alas, it's only a short, but hopefully another Maddin fantasia will be on the way soon.