Wisconsin Film Festival logoThe 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival is screening nine films from France and several films in French from other countries, including THE PIROGUE (from Senegal), and three films from Switzerland.. C’est beaucoup! 

See a complete listing here.

For the family, this list this year includes Le Tableau (76 min., animation, French with English subtitles), preceded by a German short film (20min., German with English subtitles).  Read more about Le Tableau and see the official trailer below.

The films from France this year are:

Les Dames en vacances: two exquisite featurettes — Le Marin masqué and Un Monde sans femmes — about women on vacation.

Après mai (Something in the Air):  a new film by Oliver Assayas, about youth living in the aftermath of May ’68

Dans la maison: a psychological drama-thriller by Francois Ozon about a school teacher, her student, his essay and what she encourages him to do to comtinue writing.

Naître père:  a documentary about a gay Parisian couple who a baby from Waukesha, WI.

Vous n’avez encore rien vu: a new film by Alain Resnais in which multiple generations of France’s greatest screen and stage actors have been gathered from beyond the grave by the recently deceased playwright, Antoine d’Anthac.

Les soeurs Brontë:  A 1979 classic starring Isabelles Adjani and Huppert

Augustine:  based on the true story of a pioneering neurologist’s obsessive relationship with his star patient, Augustine is a darkly sensual evocation of Belle Époque France.

Le tableau: see below

Renoir: a biopic about both the painter and the filmmaker

Among this list of films from France comes an amusing animated feature, Le Tableau (76 min., animation, French with English subtitles), preceded by a German short film (20min., German with English subtitles).

Saturday, April 13, 11:15:  Sundance Cinema 1
Sunday, April 14, 11:45: Chazen Auditorium

Information about tickets can be found on the Wisconsin Film Festival website.  Group rates are available for teachers and their students . The film is great for children 8 and up and certainly an eye candy on the big screen. Teachers should contact Christina Martin-Wright, Managing Director of the Wisconsin Film, for group tickets.

Le Tableau (The Painting)     WISCONSIN PREMIERE
(animation, France, 2011, color, DCP/HD projection, 76 MIN)
French with English subtitles

In this wryly inventive animated parable, a kingdom is divided into three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfi e Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest (in one of the fi lm’s most radiantly gorgeous scenes), and arriving fi nally at the very edge of the painting — where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world — and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore fi rst one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.

“Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!” (Variety).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6V70-ABITI]

This film is preceded by

Kidnapped (Gekidnapped) WISCONSIN PREMIERE
(narrative, Germany, 2011, color, HD projection, 20 MIN)
German with English subtitles

One Friday after art class, defiant eleven year old Ida hides the paint-brushes of her classmate Hannes and “helps” him look for them. Her plan works; they get locked into the art room.