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Now Streaming: Winnipeg Obscurity SMOKED LIZARD LIPS (1991)

Canxuploitation contributor Patrick Lowe dropped us a line to advise us that you can now screen the once-lost Winnipeg political satire SMOKED LIZARD LIPS (1991):

Heads up! Finally being released after 30 years, SMOKED LIZARD LIPS is Canada’s answer to ISHTAR! Yes, quirky, colourful, but bizarre political comedy from the wild and wacky Winnipeg Film Group, who gave the world John Paizs’s CRIME WAVE and Guy Maddin’s many cult favourites. Written, directed and produced by the infamous “Boke” poet/auteur M.B Duggan, this zany feature follows the madcap exploits of an insane Central American dictator, Sauria, who seeks asylum and relocates to the northern hamlet of Nuscht, Manitoba. Once there, the good citizens bend over backwards to accommodate their newly arrived despot, only to fall prey to his evil schemes to turn the small town into an independent nation. Needless to say, the comic shenanigans take on a dark turn, as the film takes satirical aim at Third World Tyranny and the death of small town Canadiana. Even weirder is Duggan’s own mis-en-scene as he frames and edits even the lightest comic material in an unsettling, avant-garde style, at times suggesting Michael Snow directing an episode of Petticoat Junction. Yet despite this, the film boasts an excellent cast, including Simon Magana as the mad Sauria, and Andree Pelletier (Les Males) as Carmen, the leader’s winsome wife. So while the feature was a flop upon release, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Zellco Entertainment, there may be a new audience eager to exhume this once-buried, Faustian comedy, which still packs a lot of relevant wallop in today’s current age of Uber-corruption. Check it out!

Screen the film here, and check out Patrick’s video introduction, in which he explains more about this no-longer-lost classic.