James Kreul surveys the Big Docs at the Wisconsin Film Festival, completing the third part of our overview of 2017 Festival programming.
James Kreul finally delivers the Big Indies preview, after being torn by long internal debate about how much to rip into Sylvio.
Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) returns with a portrait of a community-driven Chinese-American family caught in the middle of the mortgage crisis backlash in Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. New contributor Nicole Rogers reviews the film as part of our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.
Hong Sang-soo’s charming absurdist allegory Yourself and Yours takes a modern look at the renewable spirit of romantic love, the fluidity of self and identity, and the idea that maybe we should all just get a drink and get along. Emily Caulfield reviews the film to continue our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.
A deadpan black comedy about the class struggle, Lukas Valenta Rinner’s A Decent Woman meticulously exposes the structural violence inherent in contemporary Argentinean society, but finally falls short of its subversive potential. Jason Fuhrman reviews the film to continue our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.
Looking at an old VHS copy of King of Jazz, James Kreul lists ten images that he looks forward to seeing restored to their original early Technicolor splendor at the Wisconsin Film Festival.
The Traveler, an early short feature film by Abbas Kiarostami, anticipates many themes that appear in his later work, but also showcases a much looser, kinetic visual style. James Kreul reviews the film as part of our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.
Which visiting filmmaker should provide the lede for our coverage of the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival? We suggest a less obvious answer with our Big Auteurs preview, the first of three themed schedule overviews this week.
While far from a radical gesture, Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage lingers in the mind as a vivid, somber portrait of a defiant artist systematically crushed by the machinery of Soviet oppression. Jason Fuhrman continues our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview with his review.
A touching film about the relationship between region, family, and identity, Sami Blood offers a glimpse into a shameful period in Scandinavian history. Edwanike Harbour continues our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview with her review.