Lecturer Laida Lertxundi’s films featured at the

15th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival

11-18 April 2013

Laida Lertxundi’s film My Tears Are Dry
featured with works by David Gatten, Dorothy Wiley, Luther Price, Bobby Abate and Dani Leventhal
Friday, April 12th, 9:45pm

Laida Lertxundi’s film The Room Called Heaven
featured with works by Mary Helena Clark, Gunvor Nelson and Stan Brakhage
Sunday, April 14th, 9:30pm

University of Wisconsin Cinematheque, Room 4070, Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

This year’s Wisconsin Film Festival lineup includes brand new movies from internationally renowned directors (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Post Tenebras Lux), as well as world-class selections from filmmakers based in Wisconsin or with ties to the Badger State (Street Pulse, Dear Mr. Watterson). Use the Festival as a passport to the far corners of the globe, from the Arctic Circle (The Final Member), to Senegal (The Pirogue), to an ultra-rare glimpse into contemporary North Korea (Comrade Kim Goes Flying), and beyond (Lunarcy!). Get up-close with Swiss cinema in our four-film sidebar, and take a risk on Brave New American Cinema, a selection of daring independents that are good bets for the auteurs of tomorrow. More than ever, new films are in dialogue with the history of cinema, as evidenced by one of our Opening Night selections, Blancanieves, a spellbinding reimagining of Snow White done in the style of a silent film, and Room 237, a down-the-rabbit’s-hole investigation into the mysteries of The Shining. This year’s Festival is bookended with Shakespeare adaptations from the opposite ends of film history. The first film to unspool will be the 1929 The Taming of the Shrew, with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford; we end a week later with Avengers director Joss Whedon’s up-to-the-minute riff on Much Ado About Nothing.

The repertory offerings also include four Spaghetti Westerns (including the recently restored Italian version of The Big Gundown), presented in conjunction with the UW Cinematheque’s ongoing series. Plus, a superb and rarely-screened effort by Wisconsin’s Own Joseph Losey (M), and three films from the 1970s featuring the great actor Michael Murphy, who will join us in person to discuss his work made in collaboration with iconic filmmakers: Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud, and Saul Bass’s Phase IV.

It’s almost impossibly hard to get a film made, so we should celebrate the good ones. There is an incredible amount of talent, grit and vision packed into this guide. Be adventurous. Be indulgent. See more.

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Laida Lertxundi’s short films featured include:

My Tears Are Dry
Laida Lertxundi,2009, 16mm film, color, sound; 4 min

'The sun is California-hot, the sky the sort of blue that you've only ever seen as recollection through half-lidded eyes. Palm trees and a naked hand, a song that has long been echoing in your chest. There is a body-memory that goes by the name of cinema, and this is what it feels like.'

Camera, editing, directing: Laida Lertxundi
Sound: Laida Lertxundi, Lucas Quigley
Music: Laura Steenberge, Hoagy Lands
Cast: Tanya Rubbak, Laura Steenberge
Location: Los Angeles, California

The Room Called Heaven
Laida Lertxundi, 2012, Spain/USA,11min, 16mm, color, sound

American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds*. Plans américains show color and temperature shifts while an emotional room tone is sustained for the length of a 400ft camera roll.

*Vision: Sound on Screen, Michel Chion.

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Image is courtesy of Filmmaker Laida Lertxundi.