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Woodstock Film Festival Announces Canadian Directors ATOM EGOYAN & GUY MADDIN as 2015 Honorary Award Recipients

egoyan and maddin's new features BOOKEND as opening and closing night films

(Woodstock, NY) August, 2015- The Woodstock Film Fest is proud to announce visionary Canadian filmmakers ATOM EGOYAN and GUY MADDIN will receive the Honorary Maverick Award and the second annual Fiercely Independent Award, respectively. The awards will be presented to Egoyan and Maddin on Oct 3 during the annual Maverick Awards Gala at BSP Kingston, NY. Tickets are available online by CLICKING HERE.

WFF is excited to announce Egoyan's newest feature REMEMBER will screen as the festival's Opening Night Film while Maddin's new feature THE FORBIDDEN ROOM will screen as the Closing Night Film. Tickets to these screenings will be available at the Box Office and online Wednesday, Sept 9!

Christopher Plummer stars in Remember (2015)

The Forbidden Room (2015)

REMEMBER, making its US Premiere at WFF, tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss who is living out his final years in a bucolic retirement home.  A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award® Winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money, a gun, and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families—a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties; with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives. 

REMEMBER will screen at the Woodstock Playhouse, 10/1 @ 6:30PM. Tickets on sale Sept 9. Courtesy A24

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, is Maddin's ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrifying it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjacks in a desperate attempt to breathe the oxygen within. Suddenly, impossibly, a lost woodsman wanders into their company and tells his tale of escaping from a fearsome clan of cave dwellers. From here, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin's grand ode to lost cinema. 

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM will screen at the Woodstock Playhouse, 10/4 @ 7:30PM. Tickets on sale Sept 9. Courtesy Kino Lorber

"This is such a special year for the festival," said WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. "Not only are we honoring two celebrated and visionary Canadian filmmakers and bookending the festival with their works, but paired with our already expanded World Cinema program, this year's festival is a platform for outstanding foreign work and we could not be more thrilled."

Bringing two of the most acclaimed names in Canadian filmmaking to the Woodstock Film Festival tops off this year's trend of global filmmaking celebration.

Both directors will be in attendance for Q&As following their screenings, but you can also join both on Saturday, Oct 3 4:00PM at the Kleinert James Art Center in Woodstock for a special Conversation with Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin!


Photo credit: Sophie Giraud
(c) Remember Productions Inc.

With fifteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous prizes at international film festivals, including the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival, two Academy Award® nominations, and numerous other honors. His films have won twenty-five Genies - including three Best Film Awards – and a prize for Best International Film Adaptation from The Frankfurt Book Fair. Egoyan’s films have been presented in numerous retrospectives across the world, including a complete career overview at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, followed by similar events at the Filmoteca Espagnol in Madrid, the Museum of The Moving Image in New York, and the Royal CINEMATEK in Brussels. He was recently presented with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award. Egoyan is honored with a 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

His body of work – which includes theatre, music, and art installations – delves into issues of memory, displacement, and the impact of technology and media in modern life. Among his films are the groundbreaking Exotica, the multi award winning The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia’s Journey (starring Bob Hoskins), Where the Truth Lies (with Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth), Devil’s Knot (with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth), and the forthcoming Remember (starring Christopher Plummer).


Guy Maddin is an installation and internet artist, lecturer at Harvard, writer and filmmaker, the director of eleven feature-length movies, including My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), The Forbidden Room (2015), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements - orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.

Twice, Maddin has won America's National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, with Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). He has been bestowed many other awards, including the Telluride Silver Medal in 1995, the San Francisco International Film Festival's Persistence of Vision Award in 2006, and an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002). Maddin is a print journalist and author of three books. He is also a member of The Order of Canada & The Order of Manitoba.

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