Guy Maddin - Tales from the Gimli Hospital
“Tales from the Gimli Hospital” is a surreal first feature film from independent Canadian writer/director Guy Maddin. Gimli is an isolated village in Manitoba and this 1988 black-and-white film, set at the beginning of the last century, tells the story of Einar the Lonely (Kyle McCulloch), who gets sick during an epidemic and has to stay in a rather strange hospital to recover. How strange is the hospital? Well, they treat the epidemic by rubbing dead seagulls over the sores and do ritual bloodlettings with the point of a very large sickle. A strange and disturbing film, somewhat in the vein of David Lynchs “Eraserhead”.