Interviews, criticism, photographs, Maddin’s own memoires and more make up this first comprehensive exploration of the life and work of Guy Maddin, who is the youngest filmmaker to have won the Telluride Lifetime Achievement Award, which places him in the company of the giants of modern directing.

2001 Carol Shields City of Winnipeg Book Award

Beautifully produced … an impeccable artifact … a fitting tribute to Maddin’s weirdness.

Winnipeg Free Press

Subject Performing Arts/Film & Video/History & Crticism
Published September 2000
Price $20.95 CDN
Pages 176 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 7″ × 7.5″ × 0.25″
ISBN-10 1894037111
ISBN-13 9781894037112

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  • writes:

    This is one of the very few books devoted to Maddin and his films. Author Caelum Vatnsadal made the documentary Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight, and is evidently a huge fan of his subject, which helps make Kino Delerium a must-read volume for fans.

About the Author

Caelum was born and bred in that legendary hotbed of sub-polar culture, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Movies were an obsession from an early age, with titles like The Pug-Dog Crisis, Revenge of the Birds (a prize-winner) and Crawdads, the result.

He went to the University of Manitoba, followed by an apprenticeship of sorts on Guy Maddin’s film Careful. Caelum learned about the nuts and bolts of filmmaking by working as a camera assistant in Winnipeg and Toronto, while making his own films: shorts like Mr. Banana and Kundalini Unbound, and a feature entitled Black as Hell, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love.

Caelum formed Mighty Kraken Films to make the feature, and has gone on to make award-winning music videos for The Weakerthans and other Canadian bands. Acting, cinematography, script-writing and book-writing (Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin; They Came From Within: The History of Canadian Horror Films) are some of his other pursuits. He is currently working on more music videos, documentary pieces for the CBC, and another feature screenplay.

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