The Heart of the World (2000)
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Anna is a Soviet scientist who studies the earth's core (which you may recall from science class is a giant beating heart). Two cool guys are in love with her but she is hypnotized into falling for an evil tycoon, which sucks so hard that it gives the earth a (slightly premature) heart attack. Earthquakes and zombie Armageddon commence. However when the tycoon kisses Anna, she awakens from his magic spell and strangles him to death. Then she slides down a chute into the center of the earth and saves mankind by offering herself as the new Heart of the World.
This is a short homage to cinema as an art form for a film festival. The implication of the fanciful ending is that cinema (Kino!) can always save the day by writing its own rules, which gives it much awesome potential.
Don't take it too seriously. Maddin doesn't. His films are both comedy and poetry; they are fun and interesting.
If you're familiar with the german and russian films of the twenties, this is a really great short, I was absolutely fascinated. Great achievement!
I don't normally put shorts on my favourite list but this is too good to leave out!
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This movie ranks #33 in TIFF's Top Canadian Films
This movie ranks #141 in TSPDT's Brief Encounters
This movie ranks #411 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #978 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema