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6 books at the heart of Guy Maddin

With 11 feature films under his belt, including The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin is one of the country’s most prolific filmmakers. Turns out, he’s also an avid reader.

In honour of the TIFF premiere of his film The Forbidden Room, we’ve asked Maddin to choose some of the most important books in his life.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. In a letter to her publishers, this Italian author, whose real identity is unknown and who gives no interviews, wrote, “I am interested in everything that focuses on the female body at work.” But what really strikes me about this writer is her crystalline, psychologically honest, sentence-by-sentence depiction of the way we, and especially women, think. It all makes startling sense, even our unhinged extremes, when written in Ferrante’s pellucid voice.

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