Milwaukee Film Festival

MFF Interview: A Conversation with Maryam Sepehri

Iranian filmmaker Maryam Sepehri (left) won an award at the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival for “Habibeh,” a documentary about painter Habibeh Bedayat (right). In the dead of night she labors, trance-like, over a canvas. By the end of “Habibeh,” viewers will comprehend all of the thorny reasons why this fascinating woman—a painter, mother, teacher, and …

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MFF Review: “Closed Curtain”

Many movies at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, which closed October 10, were epic in scope, but the very best film, “Closed Curtain,” tapered into smaller and smaller space until filmgoers were locked inside the mind of a single individual—the director, Jafar Panahi. After releasing five allegories critical of his home country of Iran, Panahi …

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Introducing the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sapphire represents September birthdays and fifth anniversaries, and while both meanings apply to this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, the real link is emblematic—like the blue gem, the festival is defined by its sense of constancy. There’s a reason why the festival’s fifth installment feels like its tenth: Since many of the behind-the-scenes players cut their …

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Dreama Walker stars in Craig Zobel's "Compliance," a highlight of the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, says our critic.

Notes from the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival

“Good luck,” warned Jack Turner as he introduced “Compliance,” Craig Zobel’s squirmy new film, to a sold-out crowd at the Downer Theatre. Turner, a producer working on Zobel’s next project, reminded filmgoers at the Milwaukee Film Festival that “Compliance” provoked walkouts and charges of misanthropy at Sundance. Nervous energy rippled through the rows, but the …

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