The Super Noble Brothers
Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny as it incrementally worsens a very bad situation…propelled by the giddy exhilaration always ignited when filmmakers more or less announce that all bets are off.” — Variety.
The Substitute (Vikaren) SAT, APR 5 • 11 AM Orpheum Main
Wisconsin Premiere • Narrative feature, Denmark, 2007, color, 35mm • 90 min Director: Ole Bornedal Writer: Ole Bornedal, Henrik Prip; director of photography: Dan Laustsen; editor: Thomas Krag; sound: Nino Jacobsen; composer: Marco Beltrami; production designer: Marie í Dali; producer: Michael Obel; cast: Paprika Steen, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonas Wandschneider, Jakob Fals Nygaard, Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok, Emma Juel Justesen, Sonja Richter In Danish with English subtitles SERIES: Focus on Scandinavia
The Sky Turns (El Cielo Gira)
Stuck SAT, APR 5 • 11 PM 125 TOTAL MIN Orpheum Main
Late one Friday night, after a humiliating day of getting evicted and pounding the pavement for a job, Tom figures he’ll bunk down for the night on a park bench. Along comes Brandi, with a taste for parties and drugs, who slams him with her car, pitching him head-first into her windshield. It’d be a hit-and-run, except the gushing, shattered Tom gets firmly wedged into the windshield frame as Brandi spins off home, freaked as hell. Played brilliantly by top-class actors Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Crying Game), the two square off in a battle of guts as Brandi hides the car in her garage, hoping he’ll eventually expire, and Tom becomes fueled by a survival instinct and some seriously bottled-up rage. Re-Animator director and UW alumnus Stuart Gordon pulls no punches in this visceral thriller, and the script by John Strysik mixes suspense with an undercurrent of social satire and a healthy dollop of the red stuff. “Inspired by a real-life incident so bizarre it’s already been referenced in a ‘Law & Order’ episode, Stuck is
The Super Noble Brothers SAT, APR 5 • 6:45 PM 110 TOTAL MIN UW Cinematheque
Madison Premiere • Documentary feature, USA, 2007, color, digital video • 77 min Director: Mark Escribano Cinematography: Mark Escribano; editor: Mark Escribano, Arthur Incink; producer: Mark Escribano, Arthur Arcink; production company: Digital Cinematheque/Grupo Partista; cast: Andy Noble, Tommy Noble, Davey Noble, Kathleen LeTendre, John Noble SERIES: Wisconsin’s Own Presented with the support of Case IH. Filmmaker(s) scheduled to attend.
The Super Noble Brothers chronicles the struggles of artists and entrepreneurs Davey, Tommy, and Andy Noble. Raised by art dealers and encouraged to pursue their artistic interests, they gained fame in Milwaukee as musicians, painters and tasteful rare funk-and-soul DJs. Andy rose first to fame as the founding bassist of The Pacers and Tommy followed suit with his pop showmen, The Thou-
Taxi to the Dark Side
A Table in Heaven SAT, APR 5 • 11:30 AM Play Circle Theater
SUN, APR 6 • 6 PM
(On the Wings of Dreams)
Play Circle Theater
SAT, APR 5 • 7:15 PM
105 TOTAL MIN MMoCA ORDER CODE: SWOPN05 Wisconsin Premiere • Narrative feature, Bangladesh, 2007, color, 35mm • 88 min
Director: Golam Rabbany Biplob Executive producer: Faridur Reza Sagar, Ebne Hasan Khan; writer: Golam Rabbany Biplob; additional writing: Anisul Huque; cinematography: Mahfooz Ur Rahman Khan; editing: Junaid Halim; art direction: Shahid Ahmed Mitu; music: Bappa Mozumder; sound: Anup Mukharzee; cast: Mahmuduzzaman Babu, Rokeya Prachi, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Momena Choudhury, Shamima Islam Tusti, Ratan, Shamoli, Shoma, Golam Rasul Babu, Shah Alam Kiran In Bangla with English subtitles
After a good day peddling herbal balm in the local market, Fazlu buys a pair of second-hand trousers for his son. In the pocket of the pants are several bills of foreign currency. What treasure! What riches await! But like in the best O. Henry story, gifts rarely come that easily, and Fazlu’s wife worries that they might be robbed. Worse, how to get the bills exchanged? There’s no bank in the village, never mind one that can handle foreign currency. As he enlists the help of his most trusted, but greedy, friend, Fazlu’s owns dreams of wealth start clouding his head, and he starts to wonder if he’ll be able to afford a pretty new wife…. 2007 Rotterdam, Shanghai, Toronto Film Festivals; Bangladesh’s nomination for 2008 Foreign Language Academy Award. PRECEDED BY: Salim Baba Wisconsin Premiere • Documentary short, India, USA, 2007, color, digital video • 15 min Director: Tim Sternberg Cinematography: Francisco Bello, Raja Dey; editor: Tim Sternberg, Arturo Sosa; original score: David Darling; sound editing and mixing: Eric Strausser, Alexa Zimmerman; production company: Ropa Vieja Films, Paradox Smoke Productions; producer: Francisco Bello, Scott Mosier, Raja Dey; cast: Salim Muhammad In Bengali with English subtitles
The film projector is little more than a ricketly covered cart with a crank, a speaker, and a lamp from a car headlight. But to the kids in the Kolkata neighborhood where Salim Muhammad runs his cart, it’s movie magic. Salvaging scraps of film from the floors of the local cinemas, Salim teaches his sons to carry on the tradition.
Midwest Premiere • Documentary feature, USA, 2007, color, digital video • 100 min Director: Andrew Rossi Writer: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi; cinematography: Andrew Rossi; editor: Charles Marquardt, Andrew Rossi; exec producer: Charles Marquardt, Andrew Rossi; producer: Gregory P. Heyman, Kate Novack, Kenneth J. Novack, Charles Marquardt, Andrew Rossi; coproducer: Whit Martin; associate producer: Cristin Moran; cast: Sirio, Egidiana, Mauro, Marco, Mario, Francesca, Lauren, Olivia, Stella, Nicolas and Luc Maccioni
The famous Le Cirque restaurant is moving. After years of providing exquisite service to the rich and famous in New York, it’s time for a change. Sirio Macchioni is entrusting the new restaurant to his three sons, but finds it hard to let go of his old-school ways. And being in the restaurant business is more complicated now: there’s more competition, you need to have places in Vegas and Dubai, and the young kids don’t want to have to wear neckties when they dine. Sirio and his three sons bicker over the new menu (Sirio still wants a place where you can get a good steak and nice dish of prosciutto and melon), but ultimately in this Italian family the patriarch still rules.
Taxi to the Dark Side FRI, APR 4 • 10 PM Majestic Theater
SAT, APR 5 • 11 AM Majestic Theater
ORDER CODE: TAXIT05 Documentary feature, USA, 2007, color, 35mm • 106 min Director: Alex Gibney Writer: Alex Gibney; cinematography: Maryse Alberti, Greg Andracke; editor: Sloane Klevin; original music: Ivor Guest, Robert Logan; executive producer: Don Glascoff, Robert Johnson, Sidney Blumenthal, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider; producer: Alex Gibney, Eva Orner, Susannah Shipman; coproducer: Marty Fisher, Blair Foster, Sloane Klevin SERIES: Documentaries from Iraq & Afghanistan
By now, maybe this film needs no introduction. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary, this disturbing and often brutal film is the most incisive examination to date of the Bush Administration’s willingness, in its prosecution of the “war on terror,” to undermine the essence of the rule of law. What happens when a few men expand the wartime powers of the exec-
utive to undermine the very principles on which the United States was founded? Incorporating rare and neverbefore-seen images from inside the Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo Bay prisons, and interviews with former government officials such as John Yoo, Alberto Mora and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, interrogators, prison guards, New York Times reporters Tim Golden and Carlotta Gall, and the families of tortured prisoners, the film dissects the progression of the Administration’s policy on torture from the secret role of key administration figures, such as Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales and others to the soldiers in the field.
Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research SUN, APR 6 • 11:15 AM 120 TOTAL MIN Chazen Museum 1
Wisconsin Premiere • Documentary feature, USA, 2007, color, digital video • 83 min Director: Maria Finitzo Directors of cinematography: Jim Morrissette, Ines Sommer; editor: Michael O’Brien, David E. Simpson, Jan Sutcliffe; executive producer: Gordon Quinn; producer: Maria Finitzo; associate producer: Justine Nagan; original music: Joel Diamond SERIES: Wholeness & Consumer Health Presented with the UW Center for Patient Partnerships.
Terra Incognita is a feature-length documentary film featuring Dr. Jack Kessler, the current chair of Northwestern’s Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences. When Kessler was invited to head up the Neurology Department at Northwestern, his focus was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes. However, soon after his move to Chicago, his daughter Allison was injured in a skiing accident and paralyzed from the waist down. In the moments following the accident, Dr. Kessler made the decision to change the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Focusing on the individuals committed to their work, like the pair of graduate students drudging away on mouse spines, Terra Incognita shows us the very human story behind the medicine. Associate producer Justine Nagan is just one member of the film crew from the UW-Madison.
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Midwest Premiere • Narrative feature, USA, 2007, color, 35mm • 95 min Director: Stuart Gordon Writer: Stuart Gordon, John Strysik; cinematographer: Denis Maloney; editor: Andy Horvitch; original music: Bobby Johnston; production designer: Craig Lathrop; costumes: Carol Cutshall; executive producer: Christian Arnold-Beutel, Sam Grana, John F.S. Laing, Tim McGrath; producer: Jay Firestone, Ken Gord, Robert Katz; associate producer: Julie G. Moldo, Zenon Yunko; cast: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby, Rukiya Bernard, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon Filmmaker(s) scheduled to attend.
When the new teacher shows up one day, Carl and his classmates think she’s a little odd, and aren’t quite sure why she seems able to read their minds, or why she’s sometimes so dismissive and cruel. Banding together to solve the mystery of such alien behavior, they soon discover it’s because she’s an alien. Ulla, played with great relish by Paprika Steen, trains them for some promised field trip to Paris, but the kids think that she’s planning to whisk them off to the home planet. Trying to convince the parents that she’s bad news is futile, as Ulla always charming and humble with the grown-ups, and might even be trying to put the move on Carl’s dad. Also starring Ulrich Thompson (Brothers, WFF05; Adam’s Apples, WFF06), The Substitute is a rollicking good time.
sandaires. Davey forged his own identity as the hard-hustling painter of hundreds of colorful abstract erotic nudes. Diligent self-promoters, culturally opinionated and socially ubiquitous, the brothers often found themselves the subject of public admiration and fierce criticism. Bohemian elite, connoisseurs of deep cuts and tireless purveyors of good times, they are the Super Noble Brothers.