Hindi cinema heartthrob Aamir Khan stars in Rang de Basanti. See page 24.
WELCOME TO YOUR 2007 WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL! Welcome to the ninth year of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Who could have imagined back in 1999 with loads of goodwill and a shoestring budget that this event could become the rich, dynamic, exciting festival it is today? The budget and offerings have grown and with them the goodwill and support of a growing community representing the University and the State. These partnerships continue to make the Wisconsin Film Festival unique among its peers. The UW Arts Institute provides a university home for the Festival in keeping with its mission of fostering and celebrating the arts as essential to the University’s own mission. Through a number of programs, including our artist residencies, the Arts Institute provides opportunities for our statewide community to experience and appreciate diverse cultures and the arts created within them. Susan C. Cook As the Institute’s director, I know how important the Wisconsin Film Festival is as an annual celebration of the power of motion pictures to inform, illuminate, and inspire. Our festival simply brings us the best in the cinematic arts. We stay in touch with our local creators through Wisconsin’s Own, and we share in the new perspectives of filmmakers from around the globe. If you see something here that delights you, surprises you, or moves you in any way, let us know. See as many films as you can. And be sure to thank all the hard-working volunteers. There is truly no other festival like this one. Enjoy. — Susan C. Cook, director, UW Arts Institute
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL ✿ MADISON ✿ APRIL 12-15, 2007 ✿ WWW.WIFILMFEST.ORG ✿ 877.963.FILM
Most festival films are not rated. MPAA ratings provided where available. Viewer and parental discretion is advised. Festival programs and schedule are subject to change. Check www.WiFilmFest.org for latest updates.
THE FINE PRINT This is your film festival. Help it run smoothly! TICKET POLICIES (see Tickets, page 36, for details) All advance ticket sales are final. No refunds for tickets or packages. No replacements for lost tickets. Individual film tickets can be exchanged in person only through April 11 at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office Annex, Second Floor, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, (608) 265-2933. Absolutely no tickets can be exchanged after April 11. Vouchers must be exchanged for a ticket printed with the name and date of a specific film before they can be used for entry to a theater. You can exchange vouchers for film tickets, if available, at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office Annex through April 11, or at the individual theater box offices during the festival dates: April 12 to 15.
THEATER POLICIES Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of a show to guarantee admittance. At curtain time, any available seats may be filled by people waiting for rush tickets. Latecomers with tickets are not guaranteed admittance. Theaters will be cleared between shows. All patrons must please exit theaters between shows to allow for setup for next program. No exceptions. No cameras or recording devices are permitted in the theaters except for credentialed media. No filming or taping allowed during screenings. Tapes or film are subject to confiscation. Festival patron bags and belongings are subject to search. No outside food, beverages, or restaurant takeout containers are permitted in the theaters. No food or drink (except water) of any kind is allowed in the UW Cinematheque. Please turn off ringers on all cell phones, pagers, watches, etc., during screenings. Any patron who fails to follow these policies, causes a disturbance, or obstructs others’ view may be asked to cease, move to another seat, or leave.
CONTENTS Alphabetical List of Festival Films.............. 6-33 Schedule Chart ............ 20-21 Film Series Lists Film·Able: Disabilities on Screen.......................11 African Action Figures .....................19 Restorations and Revivals ................29 Diaspora Melancholy: Asian American Films.......................31
Wisconsin Film Festival Competition Winners ........ 34 Hollywood Badgers Panel & Cineplexity® Event.......... 34 Festival Credits................... 34 Tickets & Order Form .........36 Venues, Parking & Lodging........................... 37 Sponsors & Partners .......... 40 For print sources, see www.WiFilmFest.org