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Brand Upon the Brain!
  Release Date: 05/16/07

Starring: David Armo, Erica Badgely, Sullivan Brown, Riley Calcagno, Jesa Chiro

Director: Guy Maddin

Rating: (NR)
  Running Time
  95 min
  Vitagraph Films
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It's near-impossible to be this willfully weird and yet so compulsively watchable, but somehow Guy Maddin pulls it off in his latest riot of idiosyncratic cinema. Enamored as ever with anachronism, jumbled psycho-symbolism, and his own autobiography, Maddin stirs up a tale involving orphans, a lighthouse, and repressed secrets, but he's not just content to fill the screen this time. In special presentations, his marvelous oddity will be accompanied by live music and presented by "celebrity narrators," including Crispin Hellion Glover, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and the poet John Ashbery.

Canadian director Guy Maddin's "Brand Upon the Brain" is a silent film that reveals the shocking truth about his hellish childhood on a remote island under the watchful eye of a crazed mother hellbent on restoring her youth and a diabolically distant scientist-father, proprietors of a mom-and-pop orphanage that surreptitiously operate within the dank confines of the family lighthouse. Watch! as the sex instinct grabs hold of young Maddin and his sister! Thrill! as the Mysteries of the Light House are divined by teen detectives! Reel! at the headstrong invention and heart-stopping rhythms of the elder Maddin's heroic silent moviemaking!! Advance tickets available online at