COWARDS BEND THE KNEE

With a brand new score from Ela Orleans!

Part of Matchbox Cine’s Tales from Winnipeg series, also including CRIME WAVE and TALES FROM THE WINNIPEG FILM GROUP!

It’s time for hockey! There’s no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons’ own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her hairdresser/abortionist mother Liliom. Innocent Veronica, caught in the middle, is treated to both services! Meanwhile poor, dithering, cowardly Guy can only stand by and watch.

“This wild, gorgeous and almost insane new score by Ela Orleans has completely reinvented COWARDS. She understood at musical levels the depths of shame, heights of hysteria, and quivering viscous ick I felt while shooting it; she drew out from the film every dark strand of soiled soul unravelling within and hung it in a new moonbeam for all the appalled to see.” – Guy Maddin

Initially developed as a series of ten short films, commissioned as part of an installation art project by Toronto art gallery The Power Plant (curated by Philip Monk), Cowards Bend the Knee is the first in Maddin’s “autobiographical ‘Me Trilogy'” of feature films starring protagonists named “Guy Maddin,” the second being BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (2006) and the third MY WINNIPEG (2007).

Directed by Guy Maddin. 64 minutes. Canada. Digital.

preceded by short film:

CATTLE CALL

A high-speed animated documentary about the art of livestock auctioneering, structured around the mesmerizing talents of 2007 Man-Sask Auctioneer Champion, Tim Dowle.

Directed by Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk, 2008. 3 minutes. Canada. Digital.


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