2013 Milwaukee Film Festival: Day 6
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Today is the sixth day of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 10. In order to help you make sense of the bewildering array of films and panel discussions, The A.V. Club will be featuring selected picks for each day of the fest. If you ever wanted to stalk us (and see some great films in the process), now’s your chance.
• Paradise: Hope: noon, Oriental Theatre
• The Institute: 5 p.m., Downer Theatre
• After Tiller: 7:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t: 9:15, Oriental Theatre
• Billy Club: 10 p.m., Oriental Theatre
The Paradise trilogy from German director Ulrich Seidl isn’t for the easily offended. Following three women from the same family, the trio of films (Love, Faith, and Hope) tackle decidedly uncomfortable subjects—sex tourism, inappropriate relationships, Catholicism. Paradise: Hope concerns a 13-year-old girl, Melanie, who struggles with her blossoming sexuality while at fat camp, and who develops a crush on her 53-year-old camp director. It’s not exactly Wet Hot American Summer, but Seidl’s sympathetic wit and dark humor make it worth the occasional uncomfortable seat-squirm.
“Alternate reality” games may conjure up dopey images of Michael Douglas in 1997’s The Game (just us?), but when done right they can live up to their name and reputation in strange and thrilling ways. The Institute is a documentary about a series of strange fliers that began popping up in San Francisco in 2008, eventually leading curious clue-followers to the mysterious Jejune Institute. Recommended for LARPers and non-LARPers alike.
If controversy is your game, look no further than After Tiller, a harrowing documentary about the four remaining doctors performing third-trimester abortions in America. Taking place after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, the film handles its powder-keg subject matter as matter-of-factly as possible, shedding light on why these doctors continue to do what they do in the face of increasing hostility.
If you stopped by The Hotel Foster last Sunday for The A.V. Club-sponsored, cold-pizza-and-horror-movies extravaganza Bloody Sunday, you know that we like our entertainment good and fucked up. (We started the morning off with The Human Centipede, for God’s sake.) Looking for more tales of sex, violence, and depravity? Don’t miss our favorite shorts program, The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Shorts Program Ever. Sh*t.
There’s no better way to end a day of cinematic goodness than by shopping local, which is why we’re heartily recommending the world premiere of Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer’s latest film, Billy Club. A throwback to the giddy slasher flicks of the ’80s, the film tells the sordid tale of a group of friends being hunted down by a homicidal maniac in a umpire’s mask. Perfect for those still high on nostalgia for The Sandlot.