In the mythic mountain village of Tolzbad—where even the slightest disturbance can trigger a deadly avalanche—residents are brought up to be as careful, quiet, and unobtrusive as possible. But in this world of strict repression, a Freudian pileup of incestuous desires, sibling rivalries, and patricidal plots threatens to bury them all… Drawing as much on the aesthetics of German silent Expressionism as on the avant-garde camp provocations of Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith, neo-primitivist visionary Guy Maddin crafts a hallucinatory parable of pent-up passions run amok that unspools like a demented cautionary tale from a lost civilization.
The Heart of the World
Guy Maddin, Canada, 2000, 35mm, 6m
Averaging two shots per second, Maddin’s frenetic love letter to Soviet agitprop and German Expressionism depicts a race to save the world as two brothers compete for the love of a scientist studying the earth’s core.