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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Canada

Ali Shan Ali Shan

Endeavoring to answer the question of How do we dream? Ali Shan quietly documents a group of tourists as they ascend a mountain to welcome in a new day.

Ali Shan will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

7 minutes

Chains Chains

Chain, starved for beauty in her desolate underground community of scavengers, risks punishment of death by growing a flower using scarce water.

Chains will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 5: Best of the American Black Film Festival: Information & Show Times

10 minutes

Love & Savagery Love & Savagery

A sleepy town along Ireland's magnificent rocky western coast plays host to a lyrical tale of forbidden love between Michael and Cathleen, a passionate geologist/poet from Newfoundland and the lovely, gentle waitress at the local pub. Undeterred by the many enemies he amasses for wooing Cathleen, Michael forces her to confront foreign feelings and question the path she chose long ago.

96 minutes

Runaway Runaway

Happy passengers are having a great time on a crowded train, oblivious to the unknown fate that awaits them around the bend. The ensuing crisis leads to a class struggle that is as amusing as it is merciless.

Runaway will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times

9 minutes

Straight to the Heart Straight to the Heart

Amid the low-rent neighborhoods of Montreal, the true nature of a career criminal is slowly unveiled in this grittily realistic, romantic character drama. BenoÎt is a car thief perpetually running from the police, his family, his ex-lovers, and a 13-year-old hood who badly needs a father figure. But after he falls for the lovely Sylvie while trying to boost her car, can BenoÎt commit to turning his life around?

French with subtitles, 109 minutes

Ten for Grandpa Ten for Grandpa

A fast-paced look at the life of an influential ancestor, Ten for Grandpa tries to uncover whether Grandpa was a manipulative antihero or simply a victim of a McCarthy-era witch hunt.

Ten for Grandpa will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

7 minutes

Chile

The Maid The Maid

Raquel has spent half her life as the live-in housekeeper and nanny for a family of six. Her ironfisted, borderline-OCD behavior keeps things running smoothly, but lately her snappishness is creating a strange tension in the household. Hoping to relieve her stress, the family brings in a second maid, but Raquel is prepared to defend her territory at all costs. This unpredictable, naturalistic gem was a top winner at Sundance.

Spanish with subtitles, 94 minutes

China

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

Red Cliff Red Cliff

John Woo puts his singular stamp on the art of war in this Chinese box office smash. Based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Red Cliff dramatizes the scandals, spies, and romance surrounding the epic battle that signaled the end of the third-century Han Dynasty. Spectacularly choreographed martial arts and heroic combat show the struggle of the southern alliance as they face off against the massive invading forces from the north, led by a corrupt prime minister bent on domination.

Mandarin with subtitles, 146 minutes

Croatia

Ciao Mama Ciao Mama

An attention-starved young girl attempts to provoke her mother with the threat of suicide. In the resulting standoff, both must re-examine their relationship.

Ciao Mama will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Croatian with English Subtitles, 10 minutes

Will Not Stop There Will Not Stop There

When private eye and Croatian war veteran Martin brings a Serbian porn star back to his Zagreb apartment, his plans for the night are clear only to himself. But twists and turns—and a little bit of humor—will gradually reveal Martin's motivations for this bizarre adventure. A dark satire with an unconventional romance, Will Not Stop There explores the devastation and heartbreak left in the wake of war.

Croatian with subtitles, 110 minutes

Cuba

The Illusion The Illusion

Director Susana Barriga embarks on a journey from Cuba to London to visit her exiled father. Faced with the challenge of not letting him know that she is filming, Barriga inventively blends hidden video and audio recordings to tell her story.

The Illusion will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Spanish with English Subtitles, 24 minutes