Cinema Chicago Logo

Friday – Oct 18, 2013

Movies A-ZDirectors A-ZCountries A-ZCategoriesCalendarDownload Schedule

1:00pm – Black South-Easter

Black South-Easter

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

1:00pm – Malak

Malak

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

1:00pm – Shorts 1: City and State - Local Heroes

Shorts 1: City and State - Local Heroes

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?

91

1:00pm – AB-

AB-

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

English 10

1:00pm – Fatal Vittles

Fatal Vittles

A dark, whimsical cautionary tale about 26 things to never, ever eat.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English 4

1:00pm – Fox the Gambler

Fox the Gambler

A story about bowling and battling your inner demons.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English 19

1:00pm – Girl With Child

Girl With Child

A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

Spanish 9

1:00pm – How to Abandon Ship

How to Abandon Ship

The failure of a relationship is told from two sides.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English 11

1:00pm – KOFN

KOFN

A man undergoes diagnosis and treatment in a strange hospital.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English 3

1:00pm – Needle

Needle

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

English 21

1:00pm – The Painter

The Painter

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

English 14

2:00pm – La Paz

La Paz

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

2:15pm – Wolfskinder/Wolfschildren

Wolfskinder/Wolfschildren

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

2:45pm – Papusza

Papusza

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

3:30pm – Wild Duck

Wild Duck

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

3:45pm – Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

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.

99

3:45pm – 6 Versus 6

6 Versus 6

An adventurous and immersive underwater journey, hidden from the outside world.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

German 8

3:45pm – Dream Girl

Dream Girl

Having spent his life searching for the girl of his dreams, Dirk finally finds Jenny.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

German 20

3:45pm – Pouters

Pouters

Rivals since childhood, Rab and Danny do battle with pigeons and pride.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

English 17

3:45pm – Reindeer

Reindeer

A haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of Lapland.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

3

3:45pm – The Flogsta Roar

The Flogsta Roar

Hundreds of students unleash their anxiety into the night sky.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

Sweden, Spanish 19

3:45pm – The Globe Collector

The Globe Collector

One man’s all-consuming passion for light globes.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

English 7

3:45pm – The Village

The Village

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?

Portuguese 25

4:00pm – Panel 3: Meet the Critics

Panel 3: Meet the Critics

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 Reader

Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com

Erik Childress, eFilmCritic / WGN Radio

Tasha Robinson, Senior Editor, The Dissolve

Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Mubi.com

Moderator: Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Chicago

This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.

60

5:00pm – Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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.

81

5:30pm – Chasing Fireflies

Chasing Fireflies

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

5:45pm – Despite The Gods

Despite The Gods

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

5:45pm – The Notebook

The Notebook

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

5:45pm – Le Grande Cahier

Le Grande Cahier

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

6:00pm – A Long And Happy Life

A Long And Happy Life

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

6:00pm – Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

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).

87

6:00pm – Chopper

Chopper

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

Dutch 3

6:00pm – Collectors

Collectors

The passions and pitfalls of materialism are explored.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

5

6:00pm – Drunker Than A Skunk

Drunker Than A Skunk

A cowboy town torments the local drunk.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 4

6:00pm – Marcel, King of Tervuren

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 6

6:00pm – Marilyn Myller

Marilyn Myller

The heroine is trying really hard to create something, but can expectation and reality ever truly align?

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 6

6:00pm – Peach Juice

Peach Juice

A teenage boy develops a seriously awkward sexual attraction.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 8

6:00pm – Places Where We Lived

Places Where We Lived

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

6:00pm – Subconscious Password

Subconscious Password

The embarrassment of forgetting an acquaintance’s name leads to a mind-bending romp.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 11

6:00pm – Tap To Retry

Tap To Retry

Human behavior in an era of information overload is explored.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

5

6:00pm – The Bungled Child

The Bungled Child

The terrifying tale of an attempt to separate conjoined twins.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

10

6:00pm – The Event

The Event

A haunting tale of love, and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English 3

6:00pm – Ziegenort

Ziegenort

Fish Boy struggles for acceptance in a remote fishing village.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

19

6:15pm – The Invisible Collection

The Invisible Collection

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

7:00pm – The German Doctor

The German Doctor

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

8:00pm – Melaza

Melaza

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

8:00pm – Sable Fable

Sable Fable

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.

83

8:15pm – Harmony Lessons

Harmony Lessons

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

8:15pm – A Pact

A Pact

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

8:30pm – Imbabazi: The Pardon

Imbabazi: The Pardon

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.

73

8:30pm – Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

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).

107

8:30pm – Gigantic

Gigantic

After accidentally foiling each other’s suicide plans, Frank and Kim spend the night wandering Taipei together.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

Chinese 17

8:30pm – In the Air is Christopher Gray

In the Air is Christopher Gray

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

English 10

8:30pm – Love Games

Love Games

A couple teases, torments, and comforts each other through a series of rituals.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

15

8:30pm – Remember Me

Remember Me

Matthieu’s desperate struggle to be remembered begins to threaten his relationships.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

French 15

8:30pm – Rhino Full Throttle

Rhino Full Throttle

Bruno falls immediately and deeply in love, but the object of his affections has other plans.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

German 15

8:30pm – Stammering Love

Stammering Love

23-year-old Tim attempts to seduce the ladies, but his stammer gets in the way.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

French 20

8:30pm – The Parachutist

The Parachutist

Explores the beginnings of a romance between a very old woman and a very young man.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

English 15

9:15pm – Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

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

10:30pm – Go Goa Gone

Go Goa Gone

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

11:00pm – Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem - Night Terrors

Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem - Night Terrors

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.

95

11:00pm – Aftermath

Aftermath

In a predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

English 20

11:00pm – Cochemare

Cochemare

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

13

11:00pm – Hunger

Hunger

A family of four plays a deadly game.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

3

11:00pm – Perfect Drug

Perfect Drug

An attempted burglary doesn’t go as planned with some extraordinary consequences.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

Japanese 14

11:00pm – Reset

Reset

A little girl lives on a remote farm where she receives a monthly letter from her father.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

Swedish 15

11:00pm – Sea Pig

Sea Pig

A man’s recurring sexual fantasies about a mermaid tear his world apart.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

English 11

11:00pm – The Lonely Bones

The Lonely Bones

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

English 10

11:00pm – Unicorn Blood

Unicorn Blood

Two teddy bears go hunting for their favorite prey.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

Spanish 9