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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Bahamas

Rain Rain

When her grandma dies, 14-year-old Rain is sent to live with her drug-addicted mother in the poverty-stricken ghettos of Nassau. The irony of disease, drug addictions, prostitution, and poverty—set against the tourist-filled island backdrop—is difficult to ignore as these women struggle to find an inner strength to overcome their seemingly inescapable destiny.

93 minutes

Belgium

No Hard Feelings No Hard Feelings

It's 1955, and troublemaker Laurent finds himself at a Belgian boarding school, where a teacher there recognizes his intelligence and encourages him to write. As Laurent's talent develops, he adopts his inspiring teacher as a father figure, while at the same time wondering about his real father, who disappeared during the war. As Laurent investigates the past, he is forced to confront his present.

French with subtitles, 104 minutes

Brazil

Beyond Ipanema Beyond Ipanema

Starting in the '40s with Carmen Miranda and continuing ever since, Brazil's music has created waves across the globe. Featuring infectious samples of different musical styles and interviews with David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Os Mutantes, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, CSS, Creed Taylor, and many others, this vibrant documentary explores how the inimitable sound and spirit of Brazilian music has been adopted and transformed throughout the world.

English, Portugese with subtitles, 80 minutes

Eye of the Storm Eye of the Storm

After a cop mistakenly kills a hostage in a holdup in one of Rio's exclusive neighborhoods, four families must rebuild their lives. But the possibility of a bright future is as uncertain as the details surrounding the accident. As the fragmented but inextricably intertwined pasts of the characters collide with the present, this stirring social drama examines the question of whether destiny is truly inevitable.

Portuguese with subtitles, 118 minutes

Plastic City Plastic City

This super-stylized, turbo-charged crime saga enters the dark heart of Liberdade, a gritty multiethnic neighborhood of SÃo Paulo. A fearsome Chinese outlaw called Yuda and his adopted son Kirin lord over this nest of rivaling gangs, corrupt politicians, and erotic dancers. When a conspiracy lands Yuda in jail, it’s up to Kirin to fight his father’s wars singlehandedly, but does Yuda really want his brutal empire saved?

Portuguese, English, Mandarin with subtitles, 118 minutes

Revenge Revenge

A little boy walking by the river in the rural south of Brazil stumbles on a woman-raped, battered, left for dead. Six months later in Rio de Janeiro, a fiery take-charge beauty named Carol finds herself falling for Miguel, a steely-eyed "gaucho" from the country. As their affair intensifies, the secret circumstances of their meeting are slowly revealed, propelling this sexy, sophisticated thriller to a shocking finish.

Portuguese with subtitles, 105 minutes

Bulgaria

Eastern Plays Eastern Plays

This multilayered debut is a fresh, honest, sensitively wrought portrait of two young men struggling with their existential ennui in different ways. Swept up in the Bulgarian capital's turbulent political climate, Georgi falls in with a violent gang of neo-Nazis while blackout drunk and all-around jerk Christo flounders in a dead-end job. Their roles in a racist beating will reveal the connections between them and alter their lives in unexpected ways.

Bulgarian, Turkish with subtitles, 83 minutes