12 Films We Can’t Wait to See at the Milwaukee Film Fest This Year

These are the movies our editors are most looking forward to.

Divinas Divas: A reunion of Brazilian drag queens, nearly 60 years in the making. Oh honey, where does the line start? – Brock Kaplan, Graphic Designer


The documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine delves into the many cultures and traditions that form the backbone of Israeli cuisine. I’m also curious to learn, from this film, more about the incredible restaurants creating world-class food in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. – Ann Christenson, Dining Critic

Every year I look forward to the Shorter is Better programming. I like that Milwaukee Film groups a handful of short films around a common theme for each showing. It’s not usually so easy to catch short films on the big screen! I make it a tradition to check out Shorts: Date Night every year (ironically/tragically, by myself…) and I’ll probably show up for Shorts: Out of this World as well. – Karisa Langlo, Digital Editor

As an avid documentary and true crime fan, I’m looking forward to seeing A Gray State, which provides an inside look at the mysterious deaths of a filmmaker and his family. Due to the conspiracy theories surrounding the family’s deaths, I’m hoping the film will provide clarity and insight into what really happened. – Elisabeth Wallock, Contributing Digital Editor

I’m not much of a techie, but I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of artificial intelligence. So I can’t wait to see Greg Koh’s AlphaGo. The documentary, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year, follows Google’s DeepMind taskforce as they attempt to build an AI sophisticated enough to outwit the top-ranked player of the world’s most complicated game (that’s Go, an ancient Chinese tabletop game that’s exponentially more complex than chess). – Lindsey Anderson, Culture Editor

There are a number of documentaries I want to see this year, and the one piece of fiction I can’t miss is American Fable, a first film from Anne Hamilton. I hate to say “Pan’s Labyrinth in the Midwest” again, but that’s part of what’s happening, as Hamilton has acknowledged. And it’s set in Wisconsin, so the corn may look familiar. As for those documentaries, A Gray State is at the top of the list. – Matt Hrodey, Senior Editor

The Challenge looks interesting – though the trailer’s quite lame. It’s about Middle Eastern billionaires engaging in competitive falconry, and one of them has a pet cheetah he ferries around in his Lamborghini. I’d also like to see The Blood is at the Doorstep, though it will probably be sold out before I get around to buying a ticket. – Tom Tolan, Managing Editor

I’m excited to see Landline because the only thing I love more than ’90s nostalgia is Jenny Slate. Plus, the synopsis promises “drugs, parties, and promiscuity,” infidelities, family dysfunction and “a wittily acerbic screenplay.” These are a few of my favorite things… – Karisa Langlo, Digital Editor

The Ornithologist: Go on and call in sick to mentally prepare yourself for this tale. It is described as “think a gay, Catholic, Portuguese variation on The Blair Witch Project and you’re halfway there.” On second thought, go on and take the week off.  – Brock Kaplan, Graphic Designer

A second documentary: New Chefs on the Block follows the travails of two Washington, D.C. chefs both opening their own restaurants. The struggles are different for each one. The restaurant business is so tough; it’s intriguing to learn how chefs and restaurateurs navigate the process. – Ann Christenson, Dining Critic