My Winnipeg

The director of The Saddest Music in the World gives us the great black-and-white North

In the wacky mockumentary My Winnipeg, cult director Guy Maddin returns to his home city purportedly hoping that making a film about it will help him leave it behind once and for all. Once you get there, though, you realize that his vision of Manitoba’s largest city is hardly an unbiased one. Part autobiography, part spoof (or “docu-fantasia,” as Maddin calls it), the 2007 black-and-white film is suffused with distinctly Canadian imagery, like bison and snowscapes, but also with more familiar scenes, like quarreling siblings and a dramatic mother (played by ‘40s-era femme fatale Ann Savage). Maddin, also responsible for the 2003 flick The Saddest Music in the World, has concocted a goofy yet stirring tribute to his northern town and its odd history — real and imagined, but at least in the hands of an expert. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $7.
Sat., Nov. 22, 1 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 23, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 28, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 30, 5 p.m., 2008

 
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