Night Mayor (2009)

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Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his vast and beloved adopted land from coast to coast to coast.


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4 August 2010 | omninovoi
| A Fascinating Pseudo-Documentary
Guy Maddin's recent short film, Night Mayor, is a bizarre pseudo-documentary that looks at the life of an immigrant (and his family) from Bosnia who has invented a telemodium (a weird television type contraption) that harnesses the power of the aurora borealis. This spinning contraption transmits images to all corners of Canada. In standard Guy Maddin fashion the 13 minute film flashes by at breakneck speed with short takes, grainy black and white images, and unusual camera angles.

Unlike other Maddin films (or at least the ones I've seen so far), Night Mayor has a pretty heavy-handed political message which detracts from the fascinating premise. The government cracks down on immigrants — we get it. The silent film homages are also minimized. I also felt that the telemodium "taking on a life of its own" was somewhat hasty and just feels like an excuse to include some nude women on screen (a Maddin staple).

All in all, this is definitely worth your time (especially if you're a Maddin fan!)...

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