Guy Maddin wins Bell Award in Video Art

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      The Peg’s Guy Maddin has won the $10,000 Bell Award in Video Art.

      Maddin, a Winnipeg-based video artist and filmmaker, is perhaps best known internationally for his 2003 feature The Saddest Music in the World, which starred Isabella Rosselini as a legless beer baroness who offers a $25,000 prize to the composer of the most joyless tune.

      He also created the 2007 fantastical quasi-documentary homage to his home town, My Winnipeg, which won the Toronto International Film Festival City TV Prize for Best Canadian Feature; the 1988 dark psycho-drama cult classic Tales from the Gimli Hospital; and the 1990 art-film Archangel, which won the U.S. National Society of Film Critics Award for best experimental film of the year.

      The Bell prize is administered by the Canada Council, and recognizes Canadian video artists who have made exceptional contributions to the form.