EP 316: GUY MADDIN / ANNIE SUNDBERG & RICKI STERN

by Adam Schartoff

October 7th, 2015

First up is Break Thru Films docu-duo Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Devil Came on Horseback, Knuckleball) with their latest film, In My Father’s House. This verite film follows hip hop musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith (he wrote the Academy Award hit song “Glory” which appears in the film Selma) as he reconnects with his long estranged father, who is both homeless and alcoholic. The film picks up just as Che has purchased a house on Chicago’s South Side, which was his own family’s home. Finding out that his father was sleeping in a nearby shelter, Che helps to get his father back on his feet as well as back into his life. Meanwhile Che faces paternal issues of his own as well as a marriage and a career with its highs and lows. The film, being distributed by ARK Media, will open on Friday, October 9th, at 20 AMC megaplexes around the country.

In the second segment Canadian filmmaker extraordinaire Guy Maddin! Guy’s latest film, being referred to as a phantasmagoric opus, is called The Forbidden Room. Here’s the film’s longline: a submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love. However, you must see this film to believe it. It’s spectral and cinematic, and perhaps the filmmaker’s most ambitious work to date. It stars Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier, and Charlotte Rampling to name a few. The film opens at Film Forum today, Wednesday, October 7th and is being distributed by Kino Lorber.