- Film Guide
The December Milwaukee Film Members-Only Screening is... The Great Beauty.
Director Paolo Sorrentino has recently been called the new Fellini, and his film, The Great Beauty, is holding up well to that high praise. Being nominated for five European Film Awards and winning Best International Film at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, Sorrentino's film is a favorite with critics and audiences alike.
The film follows Jep, one of the literary and social elite of Rome, through the lavishness and excess of the city's nightlife. Until a "shock from the past" forces Jep - on his 65th birthday - to take a new look at the overwhelming landscape and exquisite beauty of Rome.
"A radiant work on the meaning of life ... THE GREAT BEAUTY is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more."
—The Los Angeles Times
The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 18th at 7 PM at the Landmark Oriental Theatre.
RSVP HERE to reserve your spot for the screening. Space is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations close at noon on Tuesday, December 17. (If you do not receive a reply to your RSVP within 48 hours, please call me at 414-755-1965 x204.) If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.
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Mother of George @ UWM Union Theatre (Opens Fri, Dec 6)
(dir. Andrew Dosunmu, USA, 2013)
Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé) and Adenike (Danai Gurira) are a Nigerian couple living together in Brooklyn, NY. They're newly married, run a small restaurant together, and are trying to start a family... but with no success. And while dealing with infertility and tradition weighs heavily enough on the new couple's marriage, it doesn't help that Ayodele's overbearing mother constantly puts her two cents in. She wants Ayodele to dissolve his new marriage and find a wife who will provide him with the children he deserves. This gorgeously shot drama (which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival) features cinematography from Bradford Young who won Sundance 2013's Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic for both this film, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints (MFF 2013).
Watch the trailer for Mother of George here.
My Perestroika @ UWM Union Theatre (Mon, Dec 9 @ 7p)
(dir. Robin Hessman, USA, 2010)
If you were born on or around 1991, there's a good chance you have no idea what the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is. That's because in 1991, it stopped existing as the U.S.S.R., and broke off into a bunch of countries you're more familiar with, including Russia. As you can probably imagine, having a country and its government collapse into new nations with new ruling bodies is a pretty heavy thing to adjust to. In My Perestroika (the MFF 2010 Competition award winner), director Robin Hessman focuses on that exact adjustment, specifically through the lives of five schoolmates from the last generation born when it was still called the U.S.S.R. And check out this bonus: Director Robin Hessman is scheduled to attend the screening!
Watch the trailer for My Perestroika here.
Sightseers (MFF 2013) on DVD (Tue, Dec 10)
The Angels’ Share (MFF 2013) on DVD (Tue, Dec 10)
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Everybody knows Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday...but have you heard about Shopping With Beer Sunday? Oh, it's the best consumer holiday of them all! We're proud for the third straight year to join our Local First business partners at the Buy Local Gift Fair hosted at the one and only Lakefront Brewery. Really, is there any other holiday gift fair in the country that also features FREE brewery tours? I think not.
Blyth and Kristopher will be there slinging Milwaukee Film merchandise and memberships for all your gifting needs. Do you need a coffee mug for your sister Doreen? Do you need a pint glass for Grandpa Joe? Do you think your mom and her best friend would love to join us for monthly members-only screenings? We've got all that and more for you. (And if we don't have it, chances are you can find something from the 39 other vendors.)
So, to sum up:
Sunday, December 8
Free brewery tours at 12:30 • 1:30 • 2:30
See you on Sunday!comments...
Nebraska @ Landmark Downer Theatre (Opens Wed, Nov. 27)
(dir. Alexander Payne, USA, 2013)
Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is convinced he's won a million dollars through one of those Publishers Clearinghouse-type things. And while his family is not so convinced, his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him from Montana to Nebraska to collect his winnings. David sees it as a way for him to spend some time with a father that was unavailable when he was younger-- before Woody's dementia fully sets in. Filmed in gorgeous black and white, and boasting incredible performances from Dern (who won best actor at Cannes last May) and Forte (in a surprisingly wonderful non-comedic turn), Nebraska has earned every bit of its critical acclaim, adding to director Alexander Payne's (Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants) highly regarded body of work. (And don't even get us started on Mark Orton's fantastic score!)
Watch the trailer for Nebraska here.
Philomena @ Landmark Oriental Theatre (opens Wed, Nov. 27)
(dir. Stephen Frears, USA, 2013)
50 years ago, Philomena Lee (the incomparable Judi Dench) gave birth to a son while in Ireland. But because she wasn't married, she had to give him up for adoption. She tells this story to her daughter, who in turn tells it to weary journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan). Together, Sixsmith and Lee investigate what in the heck ever happened to her son. Their search begins with the convent where she was forced to give up said son... only the adoption records burned in a fire years earlier. Their distraught is short-lived, however, when dumb luck and personal resourcefulness lead right to him. (Sort of.) What follows next is a heartbreaking and beautiful based-on-a-true-story journey that eventually leads Martin and Philomena right back to where their investigation began, but if we tell you any more than that we'll ruin the film for you.
Watch the trailer for Philomena here.
Found Footage Festival @ Turner Hall Ballroom (Fri, Nov. 29 @ 8p)
We can think of no better way to stretch the joy of turkey day through the weekend than with the always hilarious Found Footage Festival. Now entering its ninth year, the Found Footage Festival presents roughly 90 minutes of-- you guessed it-- found VHS footage. From where? Anywhere things can be found: garage sales, thrift stores, dumpsters, etc. This one-of-a-kind show returns to Turner Hall Ballroom this Friday, so maybe get your tickets before they're gone.
Learn more about the Found Footage Festival here.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles @ Rosebud Cinema (Fri, Nov. 29 - Sun, Dec. 1 @ 10:30 am)
Psycho @ Times Cinema (Fri, Nov. 2 @ Midnight & Sun. Dec. 1 @ 10:30 am)
Every year the holidays approach, and good people like you wonder whether you should buy people fancy gifts, or make a donation to your favorite non-profit organization in their name.
You know you can do both at the same time, right? It’s called “a Milwaukee Film Gift Membership.”
When you give the gift of a Milwaukee FIlm Membership, you're giving someone access to free monthly film screenings of festival-quality films, festival ticket and merch discounts, invitations to exclusive events, and other great Member benefits.
Watch this video and see what one of our very own members has to say.
But that's not all. Giving a Milwaukee Film Gift Membership not only means fun for the loved one you gift it to. It also means you get to deduct a portion of the Membership cost from your taxes! And it means providing support for Milwaukee Film. After all, we are a non-profit arts organization. We’re only able to put on an epic film festival and valuable education workshops because of the generosity of great people like you.
To sign someone up for a gift membership, call me at (414) 755-1965 ex. 204.
Once your Gift Membership is purchased, I’ll let you know the different ways you can get this gift membership into the hands of your loved ones before your chosen holiday.