Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed

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Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed
Director: Guy Maddin, 1988, 2011
Country: Canada

Cast includes: Kyle McCulloch (Einar the Lonely / Minstrel); Michael Gottli (Gunnar); Angela Heck (Snjófridur); Margaret Anne MacLeod (Amma); Heather Neale (Granddaughter); David Neale (Grandson); Don Hewak (John Ramsay); Ron Eyolfson (Pastor Osbaldison / Patient [as Ronald Eyolfson]); Chris Johnson (Lord Dufferin); Donna Szöke (Fish Princess)

Score composed by: William Satake Blauvelt, Borgar Magnason, Dean Moore, Matthew Patton, Naho Shioya, Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir

Performed by: Borgar Magnason, Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Aono Jikken Ensemble featuring William Satake Blauvelt, Dean Moore, and Naho Shioya

Narrated by: Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir

Live electronics: Paul Corley

A love triangle with smallpox

According to Wikipedia, Gimli, Manitoba is a rural municipality located on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg. The area, known as New Iceland, is home to the largest concentration of people of Icelandic ancestry outside Iceland.

“In 1870 Icelanders fled volcanic eruptions and created New Iceland in Canada, north of Winnepeg, the coldest city in North America. They got smallpox and started dying, wiping out the aboriginals, too. This was both ludicrous and tragic.” – Guy Maddin

A live cinematic and musical event commissioned for this year’s PERFORMA 11, Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed pairs Guy Maddin’s first feature film with a live performance of a new score created by Matthew Patton, a superstar group of Icelandic musicians, the Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and live electronics engineer Paul Corley. Former múm frontwoman Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) expertly performed a narration newly written by Maddin, accompanied by string and vocals by Gyða Valtýsdóttir (cello), Borgar Magnason (double bass), and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (violin). Additional music and phenomenal Foley effects were created by Seattle’s Aono Jikken Ensemble (Willliam Satake Blauvelt, Dean Moore, and Naho Shioya).

A night unlike any other.