Guy Maddin: Hauntings I

Still from Guy Maddin, Hauntings I, 2010

For years, Guy Maddin has been collecting tales of unrealized, half-finished or abandoned films by great directors – potential masterworks doomed to oblivion when they slipped out of their creators’ control. In Hauntings I, Maddin imagines a parallel universe where recreated excerpts from never-completed films by such legendary filmmakers as Murnau, Lang and Mizoguchi live on as spectres of their unmade wholes, ghostly fragments that attest to the eternally uneven power struggle between art and commerce.

"Cinema is a haunted medium, a projection of people, places and things not really present... a film can summon before our eyes, like ghosts invoked from the beyond, performances by actors no longer with us, in settings changed forever. But when a movie is lost... it is a double haunting, for a misplaced film is an artwork consigned to limbo, a narrative with no known final resting place... [Hauntings presents] projected resurrections of film history’s most mourned-after lost masterpieces, remade as wispy fragments conjured in my own private studio séances."
–Guy Maddin

Touring Venues:
La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France
June 23 to September 25, 2011

WNDX - Winnipeg's Festival of Film and Video Art, Artspace, Winnipeg, MB
September 2 to October 3, 2011

Association de L'Art Modeste, Sete, France
November 4, 2011, to April 22, 2012

Copenhagen Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 12 to 29, 2012

FOFA Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
June 1 to 10, 2012

30a Bienal de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 15, 2012 to January 15, 2013

SESC-Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 18, 2013 to June 23, 2013