2012 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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It Always Rains on Sunday

Into the Wake

It Always Rains on Sunday SUN, APR 22 • 1:15 PM UW Cinematheque narrative • United Kingdom, 1947, b/w, 35mm • 92 MIN DIRECTOR: ROBERT HAMER

screenplay: Angus MacPhail, Robert Hamer, Henry Cornelius, based on the novel by Arthur La Bern; cinematography: Douglas Slocombe; music: Georges Auric; editing: Michael Truman; producer: Michael Balcon; cast: Googie Withers, John McCallum, Jack Warner, Edward Chapman, Susan Shaw, Patricia Plunkett, David Lines, Hermione Baddeley, Alfie Bass SECTION: RESTORATIONS AND REDISCOVERIES

the hardships of exile; re-creations of old photographs raise questions about the impact of permanent uprooting and of Javier’s extended absence. (JP)

I Have Always Been a Dreamer WORLD PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2012, color, HD projection • 78 MIN DIRECTOR: SABINE GRUFFAT

additional camera and sound recording: Bill Brown, Ben Russell; audio mastering: Paul Geluso; music: Nathan Halverson, Stephen Vitiello; producer: Sabine Gruffat

I Have Always Been a Dreamer is former UW professor Sabine Gruffat’s travelogue and film portrait of two cities in contrasting states of development: Dubai, UAE and Detroit, USA. Within the context of a boom and bust economy, the film questions the collective ideologies that shape the physical landscape and impact local communities. Dreamer serves as a visual documentation of these two cities as indexes of political, cultural and economic change while tracing the ways each city’s development is tied to technologies of communication, production, labor, and consumption. Winner, Golden Badger for Wisconsin Filmmaking (JP)

Please Remember Me (Que Se Acuerdes de Mí)

Innovation Rules at Performance Micro Tool SEE: Made in Wisconsin: Industrial Visions of the Badger State

Into the Wake SAT, APR 21 • 11:15 AM Bartell Theatre WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2012, color, video • 78 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A DIRECTOR: JOHN MOSSMAN

director of photography: David Clawson; producers: Tim Miller, John Mossman; cast: Tim Miller, Kristin Anderson SECTION: WISCONSIN’S OWN FILMMAKER SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Kyle is leading a seemingly normal existence in Chicago, complete with a steady job and supportive girlfriend. But after he receives a cryptic phone call from a stranger, he is drawn back to the hills and riverbanks of Wisconsin to resolve a decades-old blood feud between his family and another clan. Soon, Kyle (forcefully played by co-writer and actor Tim Miller) finds himself a prisoner in a rural shack, thoroughly enmeshed in a cycle of vengeance that may force him to

atone for the sins of his past. For this psychological action thriller shot in Sauk County, director John Mossman enlisted the aid of film students from UW–Baraboo, making this a truly collaborative Wisconsin effort. In addition to pulse-pounding suspense, the film holds additional appeal for Wisconsinites, as it captures the majesty of the southern Wisconsin landscape as few films have, making the most of its Wisconsin River location. Exploring themes of abandonment, revenge, and the cyclical nature of violence, Into the Wake is a compelling — and homegrown — feature debut. (JP)

The Intouchables SAT, APR 21 • 6:00 PM Union South Marquee narrative • France, 2011, color, HD projection • 112 MIN DIRECTOR: OLIVIER NAKACHE, ERIC TOLEDANO

screenplay: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano; cinematography: Mathieu Vadepied; editing: Dorian Rigal-Ansous; music: Ludovico Einaudi; producers: Nicolas DuvalAdassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenoun; cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet In French with English subtitles Presented with the UW Waisman Center

The second-highest grossing French movie ever is an unusual buddy comedy-drama based on a true story that is the fourth feature by the writing and directing team of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The aristocratic Philippe (François Cluzet), rendered a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, places an ad for a live-in caretaker. Taken by the no-nonsense attitude of Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegaleseborn ex-convict living in a housing project, Philippe hires the younger man and a strong bond quickly develops between these two men from opposite sides of the economic spectrum. Both physical and social outcasts, Philippe and Driss find strength and identity as a team. This genuine feel-good movie delivers big emotions through a realistic attention to detail and two marvelous lead performances. As Driss, Sy won a Best Actor César Award — the French equivalent of the Oscars — beating out Jean Dujardin for The Artist. Opening Night Film, 2012 Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, Film Society at Lincoln Center. (JH)


The Intouchables

One of two great rediscoveries of 1940s British thrillers from Rialto Pictures in this year’s festival (the other is Went the Day Well?), It Always Rains on Sunday is an excellent multicharacter mosaic film noir set in the working-class East End of London. The central drama centers on an escaped convict (John McCallum) who seeks refuge in the home of his now (unhappily) married old girlfriend (veteran British actress Googie Withers, who died last year at the age of 94). Meanwhile, a dogged police inspector (Jack Warner) on the trail of the criminal, plays a cat-and-mouse game with the nervous woman… While there is plenty of Hitchcock-style suspense and the atmosphere sometimes recalls the 1930s French films of Jean Renoir and Marcel Carné, the real treat in watching this neglected gem is taking in the many layers of post-war British urban life. The film was originally released by Ealing Studios, which usually put out much lighter fare (Passport to Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob), but relied on the usually darker sensibilities of director Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) to give this film its many rough edges. Hamer’s style is enhanced by the decidedly moody cinematography by Douglas Slocombe, who later lensed the first three Indiana Jones adventures. Co-stars McCallum and Withers were married one year after the release of this movie, and they stayed married for 52 years, frequently performing together on stage, until McCallum’s death in 2010. (JH) 17