2006 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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In Dark Horse, love is found in unexpected places.

Darwin’s Nightmare

Discover the widescreen thrills of Cinerama Adventure.

Cinema, Aspirins, and Vultures (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus) FRI, MAR 31 • 7:30 PM University Square


SUN, APR 2 • 3:30 PM University Square


Dramatic Feature, Brazil, 2004, color, 35mm • 99 min. DIRECTOR: Marcelo Gomes; PRODUCER: Sara Silveira, Maria Ionescu, Joao Viera Jr.; WRITER: Marcelo Gomes, Paulo Gomes; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mauro Pinheiro; EDITOR: Karen Harley; CAST: Peter Ketnath, João Miguel, Fabiana Pirro, Jose Leite, Zezita Matos, Hermila Guedes, Oswaldo Mil, Veronica Cavalcanti, Mano Fialho; PRODUCTION CO: Dezenove Filmes, Rec Produtores Associados Ltda. IN PORTUGUESE AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES SERIES: Global Lens

(MIDWEST PREMIERE) Escaping the blood-

soaked war raging in his native Germany, Johann is thousands of miles away traveling the dusty roads of northeast Brazil. His mission: to stop at sparsely populated villages and offer two of the greatest technological advances — cinema and aspirin. Ranulpho, a hitchhiker escaping a brutal drought, flags Johann down and the two share a quiet friendship, both searching for freedom and new destinies. Gomes’ film meticulously recreates 1942 Brazil, from the removal of all electric light posts from background

scenes to the crackly recordings of Carmen Miranda and Francisco Alves. The cinematography, inspired by the textured paintings of Venezuelan artist Armando Reverón, is beautiful, capturing the luminosity of the sun-baked Sertao. Shot entirely on location in Paraíba, the film’s story spills over into real life as one of the film’s projection scenes documents the first contact the real local inhabitants have with cinema. “A story about two ordinary people without personal agendas or political allegiances, men consumed not with history, but just making it through another day.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times. Winner, Cinema Prize of the French National Education System, Cannes Film Festival. (CATHERINE REILAND)

Cinerama Adventure preceded by American Picture Palaces

SAT, APR 1 • 2:15-4:30 PM Orpheum Main


* American Picture Palaces Hosted by Gene Kelly, this 10-minute film celebrates the architecture in great movie theaters of days gone by. Special thanks to Tim Romano for making this print available to the Festival.

RESTORATIONS AND REVIVALS American Revolution 2 The Gang’s All Here Laura The Murder of Fred Hampton ■ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One ■ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2½ ■ ■ ■ ■


American Revolution 2: See page 6.

Conventioneers, blue and red.

Two men search for freedom in Cinema, Aspirins, and Vultures. * Cinerama Adventure Documentary Feature, USA, 2002, color, 35mm • 97 min. DIRECTOR: David Strohmaier; PRODUCER: David Strohmaier, Randy Gitsch; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Carin-Anne Strohmaier; WRITER: David Strohmaier; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gerald Saldo; EDITOR: David Strohmaier; MUSIC: John Morgan, William Stromberg; PRODUCTION CO: C.A. Productions, American Society of Cinematographers

(WISCONSIN PREMIERE) Before IMAX, there was Cinerama. In the 1950s and 1960s, this innovative process of using three simultaneous film reels and three sideby-side projectors widened — literally — the expectations and thrills for America’s movie audiences. Grand new theaters were built to house the giant curved screens that wrapped around the spectators, and the vivid films were consistent box office hits. Cinerama Adventure traces the development of this technique from a World War II pilot training system (early virtual reality!) to the Cold War rivalry in which the Russians claim to have invented their own version first. The enthusiasm of the interviews with Debbie Reynolds, Leonard Maltin, and dozens of original technicians make this a genuinely compelling and delightful documentary. The Festival is pleased to welcome producer RANDY GITSCH to the Orpheum Theatre, to take us back in time on a Cinerama Adventure! Many thanks to the American Society of Cinematographers for their generous support of this presentation. (MEG HAMEL)



to Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool is almost obligatory). Fascinating to watch, as actors mix with real activists and delegates, this story supplies no easy answers to its painful questions of love and politics. Nominated for the 2006 Independent Spirit/John Cassavetes Award, and an official selection of the Tribeca, Pusan, and Hawaii International Film Festivals. (MEG HAMEL)

SEE Young Visions and Voices

Czech Dream (Ceský Sen)

Civilian Soldiers

FRI, MAR 31 • 7:30 PM

SEE Student Shorts: Cinematheque

Documentary Feature, Czech Republic, 2004, color, 35mm • 87 min. DIRECTOR: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Filip Cermák; WRITER: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda; EDITOR: Zdenek Marek; MUSIC: Hynek Schneider; PRODUCTION CO: Czech Television, Mirage, Famu, SPI International, Taskovski Films IN CZECH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES SERIES: Global Visions PRESENTED BY: UW Global Studies Program

Comic Storybook Animations: Gimi’s Adventure, The Dog, and The Gem Heist SEE Young Visions and Voices

Conventioneers SAT, APR 1 • 11 AM Bartell Theatre


Dramatic Feature, USA, 2005, color, digibeta • 99 min. DIRECTOR: Mora Mi-Ok Stephens; PRODUCER: Joel Viertel; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Philippe Diaz; WRITER: Mora Mi-OK Stephens, Joel Viertel; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andreas Burgess, Brian O’Carroll; EDITOR: Joel Viertel; MUSIC: Danny Manor, H. Scott Salinas; CAST: Matthew Mabe, Woodwyn Koons, Alek Friedman; PRODUCTION CO: Hyphenate Films

A bold and complex film, Conventioneers reunites David, a Texas delegate to the 2004 Republican Convention, with Lea, a college friend who is in New York to organize a Liberal protest in the streets. Swept up by the intensity of events, their attraction for each other is challenged by their ideological differences, and the lives they live back home. Much of the film was shot live during the real convention (a reference

Orpheum Main


A pair of young Czech filmmakers, Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, stand in a parking lot, next to a frozen field. This, they tell us, will be where they build the front of a massive supermarket, a hypermarket. But there is a catch: the store “will never exist. It will just be a front wall.” They will call their hypermarket Czech Dream. It will be the object of an intense marketing campaign, with street posters, television and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, consumer research, and a theme song sung by a children’s choir, all designed to attract thousands of people to the grand opening. Why? “We won’t answer,” one of the directors says, “hoping the film will answer that for you.” The cameras follow the filmmakers step by step, as they enlist advertisers and marketers, run shopping

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