North Adams, MA – Canadian director Guy Maddin’s 2003 musical comedy, The Saddest Music in the World, lights up the big screen in a matinee showing at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Set in Maddin’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the film is a brilliant blend of funny, strange, and sad, and full to the brim with Maddin’s signature off-kilter genius.
Maddin’s odd masterpiece is set in Canada in 1933 during the Great Depression. In honor of Winnipeg’s being named the “Sorrow Capital of the World” for the fourth consecutive year, beer baroness Lady Port-Huntley organizes a worldwide contest to discover which nation has the saddest piece of music. Musicians descend upon Winnipeg for their chance to win first prize — $25,000. Although the event draws contestants from across the globe, it ultimately boils down to competition within one family: a patriotic Canadian father and his two sons, one representing the United States, and the other representing Serbia.