In May 2009, Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano was shot and killed near his home. Shortly beforehand, he had recorded a video to be released in the event of his death, accusing President Álvaro Colom Caballeros of orchestrating an assassination, a charge all too plausible in a country very familiar with violence and corruption. Director Justin Webster brings the story of Marzano's work and the subsequent investigation to life in this gripping, edge-of-your seat documentary.
Spanish with English Subtitles, 85 min
For fifty years, Ximena has managed to get by without being able to read. When Jackeline, a young unemployed teacher, unexpectedly comes into her life, Ximena’s isolation is disturbed. Jackeline’s efforts to teach Ximena how to read proves almost Herculean as they clash, but it soon becomes evident that the two women need each other in ways they could never predict. Two mesmerizing performances drive this intimate, engrossing chamber drama about learning and acceptance.
Spanish with English Subtitles, 73 min
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.
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, but she has not reckoned with Bruno's jealousy. Starring: Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, and Joaquin Phoenix. Film courtesy of Radius-TWC.Opening Night tickets available here
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 min
Catholic priest Adam works at a home for troubled boys in the isolated Polish countryside. Deeply committed to the Church, Adam’s convictions are thrown into turmoil when his close bond with a young teen named Łukasz forces his repressed homosexuality to the surface. Desperate to keep his secret but increasingly confronted by his desires, Adam must face who he is and who he has chosen to be in this humane, non-judgmental portrait of an earnest priest in conflict.
Polish with English Subtitles, 102 min
George Tillman, Jr.
During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.
Lebanon / Palestine / UAE
At the wall separating Israel and Palestine, artist and filmmaker Khaled Jarrar and his small, handheld camera observe people making the dangerous, difficult cross into Israel under constant threat of discovery by patrolling border guards, and the smugglers that assist them. With urgency and immediacy, Jarrar documents their efforts in this raw and endlessly compelling film that captures the struggle and determination of those whose lives have been forever disrupted by the wall.
Arabic with English Subtitles, 70 min
Joel & Ethan Coen
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Carey Mulligan.
The 49th International Communications Media Competition (INTERCOM), a competition run by the Festival’s presenting organization, Cinema/Chicago, recognizes the incredible creativity found in corporate, industrial, and educational filmmaking. This screening will showcase some of this year’s winning work, presenting an hour of non-theatrical filmmaking whose level of cinematic truly deserves to be seen on the big screen. This is a free event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
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 min
Germany / Netherlands
Stifled by his ailing father’s oppressive presence, Helmer moves him to the second floor of their isolated rural farmhouse. Free from his father’s judgmental gaze, Helmer finds himself developing increasingly warm relationships with the milk truck driver and an attractive young farmhand who moves into the house. Helmer quietly develops a newfound self-confidence and openness towards his own sexuality in this gorgeously acted, intricately plotted film.
Dutch with English Subtitles, 93 min
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