, is one of Canada's most acclaimed and iconoclastic directors. Through his body of work, which includes feature films, shorts, dance-horror movies, rock videos, opera videos, ads and full-bodied cinematic experiments, Maddin has amassed a pile of awards, sheaves of rapturous critical notices and a worldwide legion of fans.
He began his professional life as a banker and made his first short film, The Dead Father, in 1985. This was followed by his first feature, the cult hit, Tales From the Gimli Hospital, in 1988. Archangel was named Best Experimental Film of 1992 by the National Society of Film Critics. His feature, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, starred Frank Gorshin and Shelley Duvall. He won an International Emmy in 2002 for his television ballet film, Dracula: Tales From a Virgin's Diary.
He also has directed numerous shorts including the much acclaimed The Heart of the World (2000), which was named best short film by the National Society of Film Critics. He was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his work at the 1995 Telluride Film Festival.
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