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Guy Maddin shooting next film, KEYHOLE; starring Isabella Rossellini, Jason Patric, and Kevin McDonald

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 23rd, 2010

Is there anything better than one of the most original names in filmmaking teaming up with one of the more eclectic casts around?

That’s exactly what has apparently happened with Guy Maddin and his upcoming film, KEYHOLE. According to The Playlist (with some added news hunting by The AV Club), the hotly talked about film (which was delayed so he could go work on the mind blowing short film, NIGHT MAYOR), has begun filming, and will star Isabella Rossellini (in her third film with the BRAND UPON THE BRAIN and THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD director), Jason Patric, and even former Kids In The Hall star, Kevin McDonald.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

A gangster and deadbeat father, Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric), returns home after a long absence. He is toting two teenagers: a drowned girl, Denny, who has mysteriously returned to life; and a bound-and-gagged hostage, who is actually his own teenage son, Manners. Confused Ulysses doesn't recognize his own son, but he feels with increasing conviction he must make an indoor odyssey from the back door of his home all the way up, one room at a time, to the marriage bedroom where his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) awaits.

The movie is loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," but with all the action transplanted indoors -- a domestic Odyssey across carpets and floors, into and out of rooms, instead of across the sea. Here in the old family home the film can poetically study the emotionally complex importance of the house, and all the memories that haunt every nook and cranny of our childhood domiciles.

I can’t wait. I think that Maddin is easily one of today’s most original filmmakers, and you toss in a cast that is rather out there, and you have my complete attention. 

Films like NIGHT MAYOR, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN, and his Dracula film, PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY, have proven that Maddin is a massive name in this world known as film, and one that I don’t think people are familiar enough with. If there is one thing to be certain, this film will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and for that, I can’t wait.

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