2012 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

Nindy had driven living beings, now in eroding stone runs black.” (JP)

Nindy WISCONSIN PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, color, digital projection • 17 MIN DIRECTOR: COREY KUPFER

director of photography: Mitch Arens; cast: Wawan Timor, Allya Arrahim

Nindy is a 13-year-old girl sold to an Indonesian brothel by her mother. Alone and exploited, she finds a glimmer of hope in Winston, a lonely whiskey bootlegger with whom she forms a genuine friendship. Winner, Golden Badger for Wisconsin Student Filmmaking. (JP)

Walt WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, b/w, digital projection • 11 MIN

Monsieur Lazhar

Nice Baskets SEE: Luther Price: Biscuits and Biscotts

Nice Biscotts #1 SEE: Luther Price: Biscuits and Biscotts

Nice Biscotts #2 SEE: Luther Price: Biscuits and Biscotts

Nindy and Other Shorts from Wisconsin’s Own SAT, APR 21 • 2:00 PM

These very different short films display the wide range of talent that exists right here in the state of Wisconsin.

In the days prior to Halloween, Walt tinkers in his basement, plays chess in a laundromat with his friend Rhonda, and becomes lost in classical music. Art, friendship, and the ability to see things differently all intertwine in this touching film shot right here in Madison. (JP)

Bring on the Magic

Yiting Eating

WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, color, digital projection • 15 MIN DIRECTOR: MARC KORNBLATT

WORLD PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2011, color, digital projection • 6


screenplay: Marc Kornblatt; cinematography: Marc Kornblatt; editor: Nathan Clarke; music: Marc Kornblatt; producer: Marc Kornblatt; cast: Patrick Sims, Jayla Jordan, Javen Moreno

A touching story about living in the moment (and shot in the Vilas Zoo), Bring on the Magic tells the story of a recently divorced father doing his best to keep his children happy in the most trying of times. (JP)

Carbon WISCONSIN PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, b/w, digital projection • 10 MIN


Yiting Eating is a documentary portrait of Yiting Liang, a UW student from China, whose love of food speaks to the concept of “home.” (JP)

Nocturne SEE: Phil Solomon: A Retrospective

Northern Lights SAT, APR 21 • 7:00 PM


UW Cinematheque

In Carbon, “the stain of iron in the clay does not remember the blood it had moved within. The carbon that

narrative • USA, 1978, b/w, 35mm • 95 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A DIRECTOR: JOHN HANSON, ROB NILSSON

OK, Enough, Goodbye (Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla) SAT, APR 21 • 7:45 PM Bartell Theatre


MIDWEST PREMIERE • narrative • United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, 2010, color, HD projection •



Winner of the 1978 Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Camera d’Or prize, this moving, visually rich American independent feature dramatizes the early days of the Nonpartisan League, an early 20thcentury Socialist movement among North Dakotan farmers, most of whom were Scandinavian immigrants. The story, set in 1915, centers around Swedish-born farmer Ray Sorenson (Robert Behling), who organizes the League as a response to the bank foreclosures that threaten the way he and his neighbors make their living. Co-directors John Hanson and Rob Nilsson both originated from Midwestern Scandinavian backgrounds and secured partial funding for this deeply personal project through the North Dakota Committee on the Humanities and Public Issues. The stark and gorgeously evocative black and white cinematography is a perfect choice to tell the story of these tenacious, courageous workers, who fight for the beauty of the world they have helped to create. Speaking in a Mother Jones interview, Hanson highlights the abundant empathy at the film’s core, stating that, “The problems for farmers in 1916… and the problems for people like us, trying to make independent films, are really very similar.” Co-director and Wisconsin resident Hanson, who served as a juror for this year’s WFF Golden Badger awards, will answer questions in a post-screening discussion. A newly restored 35mm print, courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, will be screened. (JH)

writer: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia; director of photography: Daniel Garcia; editor: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia; composer: Daniel Garcia; producer: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia; cast: Daniel Arzrouni, Nadimé Attieh, Walid Ayoubi, Nawal Mekdad, Sablawork Tesfay, Theodor Hakim, Nazem Attié, William Samaha In Arabic with English subtitles FILMMAKER SCHEDULED TO ATTEND.

A wry coming of age tale starring a middle-aged man, this Tripoli-set comedy shows that arrested development isn’t strictly an American phenomenon. Forty years old and still living in his elderly mother’s house, our amiably cranky hero shuffles between his childhood bedroom and the bakery where he works. His passive lifestyle is upended when one day his fed-up mother abruptly moves out on him, forcing him to engage with the world beyond his walls. He doesn’t get too far, mostly squabbling with a six-year-old neighbor and attempting to compensate for his mother’s absence with a hilarious string of discount prostitutes and foreign maids, but it’s a start. This guy may be mildly unpleasant, but he is rendered human and even mildly lovable through a remarkable performance by Daniel Arzouni, who, like the rest of the cast, is a nonprofessional. In true indie style, collaborators Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia handcrafted seemingly every aspect of OK, Enough, Goodbye, serving as co-directors, writers, cinematographers, and editors. Looking past their lead’s amusing myopia, they periodically digress into documentary and essayistic interludes, presenting a bird’s-eye view of daily life in Lebanon. “Warmhearted though not rose-tinted... at once humorous, melancholy, sardonic and wistful.” — Variety. 2011 Karlovy Vary, Vancouver, Thessaloniki, and Torino Film Festivals. (MK)

Of a Feather

Old September Biscuits

SEE: Robert on His Lunch Break and

SEE: Luther Price: Biscuits and Biscotts

Other Experimental Shorts from Wisconsin’s Own


much could we learn from the “huge, story-producing industry” that is Homeland Security? His provocative lecture draws from his own academic study of narrative forms and narrative theory, as well as from directors like Alfred Hitchcock and films like The Bourne Identity. James Schamus is a widely published film historian and is professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia University School of the Arts. In addition, he is an award-winning screenwriter and producer (The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain), and is CEO of the film company Focus Features (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Milk, Lost in Translation). (MM) A Humanities Without Boundaries lecture presented with the UW Center for the Humanities. This event is free; seating is on a first-come basis.


screenplay: Thom Anthony; editor: Nicklaus Reichel ; production assistant: Jennifer Claire Ruetten; music: Brian Grimm; producer Nicklaus Reichel; cast: Arthur Noble, Dominique Chestand, Alan Struthers, Morgan Boland, Thom Anthony

screenplay: John Hanson, Rob Nilsson; cinematography: Judy Irola; music: David Ozzie Ahlers; associate producer: Sandra Schulberg; producers: John Hanson, Rob Nilsson; cast: Robert Behling, Susan Lynch, Joe Spano, Ray Ness