Pick of the week: “Moonrise Kingdom“ (Netflix) — Wes Anderson’s ode to young love is him at his Wes-est, for sure. But it’s also poignant and funny, as two adolescents who meet while summering on a vacation island run away together, a cadre of disillusioned middle-aged adults (including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Edward Norton) in pursuit.
The 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival schedule went live on Thursday, and each day between now and the start of the festival on April 3, I’ll be zooming in on one of the more than 140 films playing at the festival. If you have suggestions about films you’d like to know more about as you’re planning your festival experience, let me know in comments.
“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” (Sunday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m and Monday, April 7 at 8:30 p.m., Sundance)
Of all the films I saw at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the one that immediately leaped out at me as a perfect fit for our own Wisconsin Film Festival was — well, it was “Life Itself,” the Roger Ebert documentary. But the distributor seems to be keeping that one off the festival circuit in advance of a summer theatrical release.
“I’m like a Spanish conquistador,” Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) says at one point in “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter.” “Looking for treasure deep in the Americas.”
Only Kumiko’s quest doesn’t take her to South America, but to wintry Minneapolis in the quirky and lovely new comedy from Austin’s David and Nathan Zellner. And no, the treasure isn’t at the Mall of America.