The Saddest Music in the World
Filmfest 2004

It’s 1933 in Winnipeg and the Great depression is in full bloom. To boost sales, Beer Baroness Lady Port-Huntly announces a global competition to determine the saddest music in the world, and musicians from around the globe pour into town to vie for the whopping $25,000 prize. Sobbing Mexican mariachis, dour Scottish bagpipers, woeful West African drummers and numerous other grief-stricken ensembles give it their all. Down-on-his- luck Broadway producer Chester Kent and his amnesiac girlfriend Narcissa return home to Winnipeg. He soon finds himself embroiled in a family reunion as treacherous and twisted as the competition itself. Part musical melodrama, part tongue-in-cheek social satire, this expressionistic film achieves a level of lunacy rarely seen since the Marx Brothers. ”The first words that come to mind are, ‘Hot damn!’” Kathleen Olmstead

tags: Feature film

Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan

Credits

Director: Guy Maddin