When a body washes up on a Cape Town beach, ambitious township cop Sizwe seizes the opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. But when the investigation leads him to a black market smuggling ring, Sizwe is caught in the middle of a deadly power play orchestrated by an old friend. With no one left to trust, Sizwe must take the law into his own hands in this gritty crime drama.
Sotho, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English Subtitles 92
When 16-year-old Malak discovers that she’s pregnant, she quickly finds herself alone in a community that marginalizes and mistreats single mothers. Abandoned by the baby’s father, shunned by her family, and in dire need of cash, Malak is forced to take desperate measures. An elegantly-photographed portrait of a young woman’s struggles, Malak garnered major awards at Morocco’s National Film Festival, including the Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its young star Chaimae Ben Acha.
Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles 97
A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother in Girl With Child. Fatal Vittles is a dark, whimsical cautionary tale about 26 things to never, ever eat. The failure of a relationship is told from two sides in How To Abandon Ship. On a dark night, an injured couple is stuck on a remote road in the dead of winter, but the help on its way is not quite what they expected in AB-. A young girl’s feelings about her parents’ breakup come to the surface when she gets her ears pierced in Needle. A man undergoes diagnosis and treatment in a strange hospital in KOFN. Fox The Gambler is a tale of bowling and battling your inner demons. And in a dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will The Painter survive?
When you’re stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter ... who will come to save you?Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A dark, whimsical cautionary tale about 26 things to never, ever eat.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A story about bowling and battling your inner demons.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
The failure of a relationship is told from two sides.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A man undergoes diagnosis and treatment in a strange hospital.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A young girl’s feelings about her parent’s break up come to the surface when she gets her ears pierced.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A boy, barely 12 years old, lives in a world where violence surrounds him and his sole means of survival is to escape through his art. In this dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will the painter survive?Part of: Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
Returning home to Buenos Aires following a stint at a psychiatric clinic, sensitive, reserved teen Liso must work to rebuild his life. Struggling to reconnect with family and friends, he drifts from one experience to the next, while those around him unsuccessfully try to understand him. A quiet but impactful drama about one young man’s search for peace, La Paz explores the depths of unyielding loneliness with subtle yet intricate imagery, drawing the viewer into its complex emotional universe.
Spanish with English Subtitles 73
A remarkable story inspired by true events, Wolfschildren follows 14-year-old Hans and his younger brother Fritz, orphaned after WWII, on the long and difficult journey to Lithuania where family friends might take them in. Almost immediately, the brothers are separated, and Hans must make his way alone through treacherous territory, fighting off disease and hunger while outrunning the Soviet army, praying that he and his brother will find each other again in this beautifully shot, true-life thriller.
German with English Subtitles 90
From the celebrated directors of My Nikifor comes a stunning account of the life of Papusza, Poland’s first celebrated Roma poet. Jowita Budnik gives a masterful lead performance, fully inhabiting the poetess over five decades as she finds and refines her voice against the backdrop of the Nazi invasion, subsequent Communist persecution, and eventual excommunication from her Roma community. Exquisitely filmed with painterly precision, this ravishing biopic pays tribute to a beloved but under-recognized literary figure.
Roma Language and Polish with English Subtitles 131
Out of work and deeply in debt, telecommunications expert Dimitris abandons his rural hometown in northern Greece and makes for the capital at the behest of his former boss, who enlists his help in tracking down a shadowy group of phone hackers. But what was supposed to be a straightforward job soon grows exponentially more complicated when Dimitris happens upon some dark secrets his employer is hiding in this slow-burning, suspenseful exploration of life in Athens.
Greek with English Subtitles 88
The Village (Brazil) is a portrait of Itapuã, a strange and unique community with only 35 residents, all over the age of 60, and a dark secret in its past. Rivals since childhood, Rab and Danny do battle with pigeons and pride in Pouters (Scotland). Hundreds of students unleash their anxiety into the night sky in The Flogsta Roar (Sweden). The Globe Collector (Australia) documents one man’s all-consuming passion for light globes. 6 Versus 6 (Germany) takes us on an adventurous and immersive underwater journey, hidden from the outside world. Having spent his life searching for the girl of his dreams, Dirk finally finds Jenny in Dream Girl (Switzerland). Reindeer (UK) is a haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of Lapland.
An adventurous and immersive underwater journey, hidden from the outside world.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
Having spent his life searching for the girl of his dreams, Dirk finally finds Jenny.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
Rivals since childhood, Rab and Danny do battle with pigeons and pride.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
A haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of Lapland.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
Hundreds of students unleash their anxiety into the night sky.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
Sweden, Spanish 19
One man’s all-consuming passion for light globes.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
A portrait of Itapuã, a strange and unique community with only 35 residents, all over the age of 60, and a dark secret in its past.Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?
A group of Chicago’s most respected and forward thinking film writers will discuss their views on recent changes and developments in film criticism styles and platforms, the evolving place of film journalism in the industry, and the role that critics can play in shaping a film’s exposure and marketability.Panelists:Ben Sachs, The ReaderBrian Tallerico, Rogerebert.comErik Childress, eFilmCritic / WGN RadioTasha Robinson, Senior Editor, The DissolveMichael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Mubi.comModerator: Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Chicago This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Sondheim numbers at age 87, this documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both onstage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Sparkling with Stritch’s delightful character, this film is an inspiring portrait of an American treasure.
Manrique’s lonely existence watching over an abandoned salt mine in the remote Colombian Caribbean suits him just fine. Content in his isolation, with a dog that spends its nights chasing fireflies as his sole companion, his world is upended when his teenage daughter Valeria shows up as if out of nowhere. As the days pass, Valeria’s determined but cheerful presence forces Manrique out of his routine in this beautiful, understated story about family, love, and the small joys of life.
Spanish with English Subtitles 100
Filmmaker Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David and director of the notorious Boxing Helena, traveled to India in 2008 to make Hisss, a modern-day comedy-horror-musical film about the beautiful but vengeful snake goddess Nagin. But everything devolves rapidly into chaos as the bloated production falls behind schedule, the set growing increasingly tense and combative as Lynch fights with her producers for control of the film, all the while trying to look after her young daughter and maintain her sanity.
English, Hindi with English subtitles 85
This atmospheric WWII thriller follows twin boys sent to the Hungarian countryside to wait out the war’s violent barrage with their embittered, cruel grandmother. Only 13 but grimly determined to survive, the brothers decide that the only way to endure the horrors of war is to by extinguishing their own humanity. A chilling portrait of young psyches warped by inconceivable trauma, this critical and audience favorite took the top prize at the prestigious Karlovy Vary film festival.
Hungarian with English Subtitles 110
Sasha, a city kid with agrarian ambitions, moved to the country to head up a collective farming project, determined to make the experiment work. A recent local government offer to buy up the farmland seems too good to resist, but Sasha becomes staunch in his decision to stay. Bolstered by the resolution of the local farmworkers, he is pitted against the stakeholders in a decision that may cost him his livelihood - or his life - in this heady social-realist drama.
Russian with English Subtitles 77
The passions and pitfalls of materialism are explored in Collectors (Switzerland). A teenage boy develops a seriously awkward sexual attraction in Peach Juice (Canada). The embarrassment of forgetting an acquaintance’s name leads to a mind-bending romp in Subconscious Password (Canada). In The Places Where We Lived (USA), a man wakes up with a weird feeling to find his parents are selling his childhood home. In Marilyn Myller (UK), the heroine is trying really hard to create something, but can expectation and reality ever truly align? The Bungled Child (France) is the terrifying tale of an attempt to separate conjoined twins. Human behavior in an era of information overload is explored in Tap To Retry (Israel). The Event (USA/UK) tells a haunting tale of love, and a severed foot, at the end of the world. Fish Boy struggles for acceptance in a remote fishing village in Ziegenort (Poland). A cowboy town torments the local drunk in Drunker Than A Skunk (USA). Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA) is Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters. A frog eats a grasshopper, a stork eats the frog, a crocodile eats the stork... and so it goes, on and on, in Chopper (Netherlands).
A frog eats a grasshopper, a stork eats the frog, a crocodile eats the stork… and so it goes, on and on.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
The passions and pitfalls of materialism are explored.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
A cowboy town torments the local drunk.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
The heroine is trying really hard to create something, but can expectation and reality ever truly align?Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
A teenage boy develops a seriously awkward sexual attraction.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
A man wakes up with a weird feeling to find his parents are selling his childhood home.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
Japanese, English 7
The embarrassment of forgetting an acquaintance’s name leads to a mind-bending romp.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
Human behavior in an era of information overload is explored.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
The terrifying tale of an attempt to separate conjoined twins.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
A haunting tale of love, and a severed foot, at the end of the world.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
Fish Boy struggles for acceptance in a remote fishing village.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
After a tragedy throws his life into turmoil, the self-absorbed young Beto ventures deep into the Brazilian countryside in search of a collection of rare prints his absent father had sold to a wealthy plantation owner decades earlier. When he locates the plantation, he finds it devastated and its inhabitants staunchly resistant to visitors. A sophisticated, engrossing thriller, the film follows Beto’s efforts to uncover the mystery of the prints and the family keeping them hidden from the world.
Portuguese with English Subtitles 89
In Patagonia, 1960, an Argentine family meets a German physician on the long road to Bariloche. The first guest at the family’s newly opened inn, the wealthy doctor ingratiates himself into their home life with his charisma and his scientific knowledge. Little do they know, however, that they are housing one of history’s most monstrous criminals, and that he might be continuing his experimental practice in their own community in this chilling, captivating story.
Spanish, German, Hebrew with English Subtitles 93
With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures. This funny, heartfelt romantic drama explores the limits of love and trust in the face of hardship.
Spanish with English Subtitles 80
The lives of several couples intertwine through a complex web of love and infidelity in this intimate exploration of race and contemporary relationships. At the center of this romantic network is blogger Dark Mark, whose profile as a writer is growing as his penetrating essays on race relations earn him a regular magazine column and a book contract. When he leaves his girlfriend Vanessa for his white editor, a twisted, tragic fate awaits him and those he loves.
Writer-director Emir Baigazin announces himself as a major new voice with this startling, ecstatically received debut feature. 13-year-old Aslan lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard like an extortion racket, systematically bullying children for their money. After a humiliating incident during a medical examination, Aslan becomes a social outcast, growing increasingly isolated until he decides to take grim revenge on his tormentors. Warning: contains scenes of animal violence.
Kazakh / Russian with English Subtitles 115
A dark psychological thriller, A Pact tells the twisted story of a contentious love triangle. As teenagers, Paul tricked Georg into handing over his girlfriend Anna to him. Georg agrees, on the condition that he can have her back whenever he wishes. After decades of silence, when Anna and Paul have a family together, Georg suddenly re-appears. Strange things start happening to Paul, and it soon becomes clear that Georg has not forgotten the pact.
German with English Subtitles 83
Best friends Manzi and Karemera find themselves on opposing sides in Rwanda’s ethnic civil war, with Tutsi Karemera’s family paying a horrific price for Manzi’s allegiance to his Hutu heritage. When Manzi is released from prison fifteen years later, his return re-opens old wounds. Filmmaker Joel Karekezi draws from his own experience as a survivor of Rwanda’s violence in creating this moving account of two former friends who must contend with the unimaginable horrors in their past.
The Parachutist (UK) explores the beginnings of a romance between a very old woman and a very young man. A couple teases, torments and comforts each other through a series of rituals in Love Games (South Korea). 23-year-old Tim attempts to seduce the ladies, but his stammer gets in the way in Stammering Love (Switzerland). After accidentally foiling each other’s suicide plans, Frank and Kim spend the night wandering Taipei together in Gigantic (Taiwan). Christopher has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire in In the Air Is Christopher Gray (UK). Matthieu’s desperate struggle to be remembered begins to threaten his relationships in Remember Me (Canada). Bruno falls immediately and deeply in love, but the object of his affections has other plans in Rhino Full Throttle (Germany).
After accidentally foiling each other’s suicide plans, Frank and Kim spend the night wandering Taipei together.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
Christopher has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
A couple teases, torments, and comforts each other through a series of rituals.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
Matthieu’s desperate struggle to be remembered begins to threaten his relationships.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
Bruno falls immediately and deeply in love, but the object of his affections has other plans.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
23-year-old Tim attempts to seduce the ladies, but his stammer gets in the way.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
Explores the beginnings of a romance between a very old woman and a very young man.Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story
In a secluded cruising spot tucked away on a picturesque lake, Franck notices the muscular Michel and quickly falls for him. Franck’s desire continues to grow even as he witnesses Michel commit a terrible, violent act. Aware of the potential danger, possibly even excited by it, Franck ignores the advice of his wary friend Henri and indulges his passion in this brilliantly observed, sharply insightful meditation on sex and desire that was awarded a directing prize at Cannes.
French with English Subtitles 97
A rollicking zombie rom-com, Go Goa Gone follows two stoner friends, Luv and Hardik, who are both having a rough time. In desperate need of a vacation, they tag along with their roommate Bunny on a trip to the gorgeous beaches of Goa. After following a beautiful woman to a remote island for a rave, they awake to discover the island’s population has turned into zombies. Along with a gun-toting Russian mobster, they must battle the undead hordes.
Hindi with English subtitles 106
A family of four plays a deadly game in Hunger (Turkey). A one-eyed man makes his escape from a hotel room, entering a hellish world where time and space intertwine in Lonely Bones (France/ Netherlands). In a predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home in Aftermath (USA). A man’s recurring sexual fantasies about a mermaid tear his world apart in Sea Pig (USA). Two teddy bears go hunting for their favorite prey in Unicorn Blood (Spain). An attempted burglary doesn’t go as planned with some extraordinary consequences in Perfect Drug (Belgium). A little girl lives on a remote farm where she receives a monthly letter from her father - but one day everything changes forever in Reset. In Cochemare (Canada), an astonishing blend of animation, live-action and 3D effects, we travel from the mystical Forest of Storms to an International Space Station.
In a predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
An astonishing blend of animation, live-action, and 3D effects, we travel from the mystical Forest of Storms to an International Space Station.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
A family of four plays a deadly game.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
An attempted burglary doesn’t go as planned with some extraordinary consequences.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
A little girl lives on a remote farm where she receives a monthly letter from her father.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
A man’s recurring sexual fantasies about a mermaid tear his world apart.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
A one-eyed man makes his escape from a hotel room, entering a hellish world where time and space intertwine.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
Two teddy bears go hunting for their favorite prey.Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem
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