Cowards Bend the knee (2003)



ӡѺ: Guy Maddin
ҧ: Philip Monk
¹: Guy Maddin, Adam Gierasch
ѡʴDarcy Fehr, Melissa Dionisio, Amy Stewart, Tara Birtwhistle, Louis Negin
Ҿ: Guy Maddin
Ѵ: John Gurdebeke
: 60 min.
: Canada
: Silent

: Drama | Romance

Subtitle: English

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.
Cowards Bend the Knee (also known as The Blue Hands) is a 2003 film by Guy Maddin, starring Darcy Fehr and Melissa Dionisio.

This short (64 minute) surrealist film is a reworking of an autobiographical project originally imagined as a peep-show. It is divided into ten short sections, giving it the same sort of episodic quality as old silent matinee movies. References to Canada abound in this story of murder, abortion, revenge, amnesia, and ice hockey.

The project didn''t start out as a film but as an art exhibit. It was shot for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. It was conceived to be viewed through ten peep holes each showing six minutes of the film. It was later turned into a full length feature for the theatre showings.



Lyon Festival of New Generation Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated Best Film
Guy Maddin
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention
Guy Maddin
For its perversly witty fusing of the silent cinema tradition and contemporary installation art, continuing Rotterdam''s bridge-building between different visual disciplines.



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