Movie Journal: Notebook
Visit from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) headlines Spring 2018 UW-Cinematheque schedule.

Other highlights include: Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, and Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames.

This entry kicks off the new Movie Journal feature at Madison Film Forum, where we will try to produce more frequent, quick dispatches about upcoming events and thoughts on recent films.

The UW Cinematheque released its Spring 2018 schedule at noon today. The big get this semester is a visit from director Damien Chazelle, which will include mini-retrospective of his work, a selection of his personal favorites from film history, and a screening of a 35mm print of his Oscar-winning La La Land. Some of Chazelle’s personal choices are intriguing, including Jean Rouch’s Chronicle of a Summer (1960) and Su Friedrich’s Sink or Swim (1990). (Some of you might have seen the later at the Underground Films, Underground series this past summer.)

I’ll follow up with Movie Journal posts about some of the other series, but additional highlights include two screenings of Agnes Varda’s Faces Places (January 26 & 27), Lucrecia Martel’s Zama (March 23), and the late Abbas Kiarostami’s final feature film, 24 Frames (April 28). Varda’s Faces Places ranked at number six on the Sight and Sound 2017 critics poll, and Martel’s Zama ranked even higher at number four.

You can see the complete Spring 2018 UW Cinematheque schedule at


Movie Journal posts are short, diary-like entries intended to quickly disseminate breaking news or share thoughts on current films.

Published by James Kreul

James Kreul has advocated for alternative screenings of independent, international, and experimental film in Madison since the 1990s.