The Saddest Music in the World

Director: Guy Maddin Year: 2003 Run Time: 100min
Saddest Music in the World (La musique la plus triste du monde) (2003)

When Winnipeg is named the ”saddest city in the world” for the fourth year running, Baroness Port-Huntley (Rossellini) concocts an elaborate scheme to promote her beer by advertising a contest to find the saddest music in the world.

With a $25,000 prize up for grabs, composers from all over the world are soon pouring into Winnipeg to play her their woeful tunes. Things get even more interesting when her own former lover, Broadway producer Chester Kent (McKinney) enters the competition.

Realized in Guy Maddin’s signature black-and-white style that imitates the look of ’20s and ’30s cinema, this delightfully quirky film is a triumph of the imagination. A cross between a silent film and a Hollywood musical, The Saddest Music in the World is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!


Guy Maddin


Kazuo Ishiguro, George Toles, Guy Maddin


Atom Egoyan, Niv Fichman, Daniel Iron, Jody Shapiro


Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox


Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy


English, Dubbed in French


EN Subtitles

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in French


The Saddest Music in the World is filmed and set in Manitoba. Guy Maddin is from Manitoba.

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
NR British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon