Green Fog

V'18

The Green Fog

Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin
USA/Kanada, 2017
Features, 63min, OF

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The Green Fog

Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin
USA/Kanada, 2017
Features, 63min, OF

Screenplay: 
Evan Johnson
Galen Johnson
Guy Maddin
Editor: 
Evan Johnson
Galen Johnson
Composer: 
Jacob Garchik

Production: 
Extra Large Productions
World Sales: 
The Festival Agency
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

A homage to the San Francisco film per excellence, Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO, built by using footage from hundreds of different films set in this same city – from Hollywood classics to experimental pieces, commercial hits, and TV episodes (don’t miss the end credits festival for a powerful dive into high and low culture alike!). Rather than organizing the materials as a poetic city symphony or a conventional documentary, directors Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson extract tropes and plot points from VERTIGO in order to sketch a narrative that examines how the phantoms of Hitchcock’s film permeate everything (including Chuck Norris movies), even if in an uncanny fashion.
Watching the mad assemblage executed in THE GREEN FOG, one would think that there’s something alien and other-worldly informing the fragmentary resonances, the stuttering dialogues, the wild reworkings, embeddings, repetitions and substitutions executed in this irreverent and hilarious remake of VERTIGO. Is it by chance that San Francisco and science fiction share the same initials? What is that green fog slipping through the images? Is it a shade from VERTIGO? A trace of contamination? The smoke of weed? (Cristina Álvarez López)

With ACCIDENCE

Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson: COLOURS (2014, K), COLD (2014, K), THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (2015), BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON (2015, Ko-Regie), ACCIDENCE (2018, K, Ko-Regie)

Guy Maddin: TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL (1988), ARCHANGEL (1990), CAREFUL (1992), TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS (1997), DRACULA – PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY (2002), COWARDS BEND THE KNEE (2003), THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (2003), BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! A REMEMBRANCE IN 12 CHAPTERS (2006), MY WINNIPEG (2007), KEYHOLE (2011), THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (2015), BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON (2015, Ko-Regie), SEANCES (2016), ACCIDENCE (2018, K, Ko-Regie)