The four day Mini Indie Film Festival at the Union South Marquee hits its stride Friday with four movies, all free and open to the public. Here’s what’s playing today:
“After Tiller” (5 p.m.) — Here’s the Cap Times’ Jessica VanEgeren’s report from the Madison premiere in February. This intense documentary looks at the last four doctors in America who are willing to perform late-term abortions. Hanging over their heads is the memory of a colleague, Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009.
“Living Stars” (7 p.m.) — Bess Donoghue, head of the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Film Committee, said this film was one of her favorites from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Think of it as sort of the Argentinian documentary version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” video, as dozens of Buenos Aires residents are filmed dancing in their homes to a pop song, revealing their secret selves with every step.
“Mood Indigo” (9:15 p.m.) — This seems like a pretty big get for the Mini Indie Film Festival to be hosting the premiere of the new film by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). Audrey Tautou (who seems perfect for a Gondry film) and Romain Duris play a couple who fall in love, until Tautou discovers she has a serious illness brought upon by a water lily growing in her chest. Sounds silly and visually flamboyant, but James Kreul at Madison Film Forum said the film effecrively shifts into darker territory while staying playful and inventive.
“Nothing Bad Can Happen” (midnight) — Yeah, sure. In this dark German drama, a Christian punk rocker is taken in by a seemingly kindly man, who begins conducting cruel games in an attempt to test the young man’s faith.