Wisconsin Film Festival’s Tuesday Night Movie Club – Winter 2019 Screenings

The University of Wisconsin­–Madison’s Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) in partnership with WUD Film, is excited to announce two more Tuesday Night Movie Club screenings at the Marquee at Union South (1308 W. Dayton St., Madison). The free screenings are on January 22 and February 12 and start at 7 p.m.

Launched in the fall of 2017 as a way to build up excitement for the 20th annual Wisconsin Film Festival, the Tuesday Night Movie Club screenings feature films and shorts from past Wisconsin Film Festivals. The series returned in the fall of 2018 for three popular screenings: Big Man Japan/DainipponjinIda and Marwencol. To lead up to the 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival (April 4­–11), two additional screenings have been added:

Tuesday, January 22 | In Order of Disappearance

Directed by Hans Petter Moland | Norway, Sweden, Denmark | 2014 | DCP | 118 min. | English, Norwegian, German, Swedish, Danish and Serbian with English subtitles

This is the write-up of In Order of Disappearance/Kraftidioten from the 2015 WFF Film Guide:

The snowiest, funniest and bloodiest crime comedy since Fargo, this all-star Norwegian thriller is a dark delight. When his son is murdered by drug dealers, a mild-mannered snowplow driver (the great Stellan Skarsgård) turns amateur assassin, trading in his Citizen of the Year trophy for a sawed-off rifle. As he systematically dispenses with the men responsible for his son’s death, his vigilante justice creates confusion among the underworld’s rival gangs, who mistakenly blame each other for the deaths, triggering an all-out turf war. Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire, Downfall) and Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki, WFF 2012) are perfectly despicable as the stoic godfather and sniveling fop lording over these motley heaps. Director Hans Petter Moland (A Somewhat Gentle Man, WFF 2011) has crafted a ruthlessly entertaining comic thriller with enough laughs to match its impressive body count. The absolutely stacked cast also includes great turns from weird beard extraordinaire Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones, Force Majeure) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen).

In Order of Disappearance has been remade as Cold Pursuit, starring Liam Neeson, which will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2019. Watch the original version before seeing the new interpretation.

Tuesday, February 12 | Margaret

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan | USA | 2011 | DCP | 186 min. | English | Extended cut

This is the write-up of Margaret from the 2012 WFF Film Guide:

A privileged, precocious and extremely self-absorbed New York City teenager, Lisa (Anna Paquin), in pursuit of a trifle, distracts a city bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) and later feels more than a little responsible for the fatal accident that follows. Though she initially gives false testimony to the police, Lisa’s guilt looms heavily and she seeks advice from a variety of adults including her mother (J. Smith Cameron) and two ineffectual teachers at her private prep school (Matt Damon and Matthew Broderick). Determined to live a morally uncompromised life, Lisa proceeds to set things right, turning several people’s lives, including her own, upside down. Filled with brilliant, literate dialogue and countless graceful visual observations on contemporary Manhattan living, Margaret (the title comes from Gerald Manley Hopkins’ poem “Spring and Fall”) is primarily driven by a fascinating and fearless performance by Anna Paquin in a decidedly unsympathetic role.

 The film is the second feature of acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, whose much-admired directorial debut, You Can Count on Me (2000) earned several Oscar nominations. Filmed in 2005, Margaret went through nearly six years of editing and re-editing. A final version, approved by Lonergan, was finally given a token release by its distributors in late 2011 and has become a bit of a cause célèbre among cinephiles and certain critics who recognize it as a major work.