Sonic Diet

Music and Film: The 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival


Already having kicked off in grand style, the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival is officially underway and WMSE is officially part of the excitement.

And what is WMSE a part of, expressly?  A set of exciting films, particularly captivating to music ‘geeks’, everywhere, for music and film have always been quite the match, but in this particular set of films, both art forms are at their highest gloss.  Here’s the short and sweet on what one can catch this week — complete with dates, times and descriptions — compliments of the fine folks of the Milwaukee Film Festival:

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

“Fueled by the ether of Amélie and La Vie en Rose, this richly imagined biopic transports viewers to swinging 1960s Paris via one of the era’s most famous and scandalous icons—singing sex symbol Serge Gainsbourg. Acclaimed graphic novelist Joann Sfar shines in his directorial debut, packing the score with the musician’s greatest hits and sultriest leading ladies, including Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Images brim with surrealistic touches, from dreamy cinematography to cartoon sequences to a scene where Gainsbourg seduces a nude model with a soft drink and a duet with a local grandma. Vive le France!”

Wednesday, September 28th @ 7:15 p.m. // Ridge Cinema 2

Friday, September 30th @ 7:15 p.m. // North Shore Cinema 2


“This ain’t your mother’s Bollywood flick. An antidote to India’s traditionally chaste love scenes and sing-along melodies, this gritty tale trails Gandu, an explosive 20-year-old with a penchant for thrash-rap and a name that translates to “asshole.” While wandering the streets of Kolkata, Gandu befriends a rickshaw-driving Bruce Lee fanatic who lures him into smack dens and sex-goddess playgrounds. Here, fantasy and reality become one, letting viewers glimpse what Twitch Film calls “the birth of a new and different voice in international cinema.”

Friday, September 30th @ midnight // Oriental Theatre 1

Sunday, October 2nd @ 9:30 p.m. // North Shore Cinema 1


“Hip-hop is known for fighting the power, but for Khaled, it’s also a way to mend the heart. After working in the U.S. for several years, he returns to his Egyptian hometown, Alexandria, dismayed to find that his former flame has moved on. Joining forces with street rappers, rooftop rockers and graffiti artists, he taps his creative core and soaks up the intoxicating energy of the city’s underground arts scene. Hip-hop, metal and pop music drive the action forward as director Ahmad Abdalla’s clever melange of shooting styles lends authenticity to the visuals. Along the way, the musicians butt heads with the government, which finds their songs obscene and worries about their potential to ignite a revolution, giving viewers a rare glimpse of the mood surrounding the country’s recent political upheaval.”

Wednesday, September 28th @ 9:30 p.m. // Oriental Theatre 2

Friday, September 30th @ 4:30 p.m. // North Shore Cinema 2

Saturday, October 1st @ 4:15 p.m. // Ridge Cinema 2

Points of Interest

“The life of a touring musician is just as much about on-the-road meditation as wailing on guitars and wowing fans with charisma. Milwaukee directors Jon Salimes and Anthony Lopez (The Death of Triforce, MFF 2010) follow hometown heroes Juniper Tar and their Pennsylvanian friends Strand of Oaks as they trek to the East Coast to share their tunes and celebrate their latest recordings. A stylized collage of performance footage, striking shots of nature and interviews with characters the bands meet on their journey, the film gives fans an insider’s look at the life of an indie band as they discover a little more about who they are and where they’re headed.”

Friday, September 30th @ 9:30 p.m. // Oriental Theatre 1

Sound of Noise

“Few people hate music, but policeman Amadeus Warnebring can’t stand the racket. It’s bad enough that he’s the black sheep in a family of gifted musicians, but now he has to apprehend a gang of musical terrorists that’s turning the city into a symphony of sonic anarchy. From hospital operating rooms and bank vaults to highly strung electrical wires and heavy construction machinery, nothing in the city is off limits to these six guerilla percussionists. A delightful twist on the tropes of spy flicks and rom-coms, this madcap love story thrives on the off-the-wall humor of directors Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson, and a wacky score that’s drawn numerous comparisons to the musical lunacy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen.”

Thursday, September 29th @9:30 p.m. // Oriental Theatre 1

Saturday, October 1st @ 9:30 p.m. // North Shore Cinema 2

Wish Me Away

“Country music is known for tackling difficult subjects such as divorce and heartbreak, but not for same-sex couples. Not a single country star identified as gay until Chely Wright grabbed the mic and came out on national TV in 2010. Award-winning filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf follow Wright over the course of three years as she constructs a plan to reveal her identity to fans and family, opening the floodgates of hate and potentially destroying her career. Through intimate video diaries, tearful interviews and Wright’s own songs, we see a fascinating glimpse into the life of a brave woman and her compelling reasons for living an honest life.”

Tuesday, September 27th @ 7:30 p.m. // Ridge Cinema 1

Thursday, September 29th @ 9:30 p.m. // North Shore Cinema 1

Saturday, October 1st @ 9:45 p.m. // Oriental Theatre 1

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