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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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A Dangerous Method A Dangerous Method

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

99 min

Wetlands Wetlands

Saddled with a guilt no teenager should have to bear, 17-year-old brooding Simon feels starkly out of place on his parents’ struggling dairy farm. Life on the farm is demanding, but no matter how hard Simon tries, he cannot live up to his father’s expectations.  Resentments simmer, so when a tragic accident hits close to home, the question of blame haunts the family and possibilities for forgiveness seem ever remote, in this captivating family drama.

French with subtitles, 111 min

The High Level Bridge The High Level Bridge

Director Trevor Anderson provides a voice-over narration of Edmonton’s High Level Bridge and drops his camera from the bridge in memory of those who have jumped. A fitting and humorous homage to the people and events surrounding this oddly significant landmark.

5 min


Bonsai Bonsai

To read Flaubert and Proust with your girlfriend after a passionate bout of lovemaking…what more could a young intellectual want? How about, years later, being asked by a veteran novelist to type out the handwritten notes for his next novel? Julio is in literary heaven. But life, like literature, can be surprising, and very soon Julio is forced to live up to the lies he has been spinning. Bonsai presents a charming Chilean spin on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.

Spanish with subtitles, 95 min

The Shower The Shower

A couple separates. Elisa has taken a job outside the country and Manuela, who lived with her five years, has decided not to accompany her. Unable to say goodbye, they spend the last morning together as refugees under the shower water. A sensitive, deceptively simple film that lingers long after viewing, The Shower was the winner of Best Short Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Spanish, with subtitles, 10 min


Buddha Mountain Buddha Mountain

In this charming youth drama shot American-indie style from China, three friends have given up on their future, spending their time partying and working odd jobs. When their apartment complex is marked for demolition, they end up renting a room from a former Peking Opera singer who is still grieving over her son’s death. Their two worlds collide at first, but the four, each broken in their own way, discover a family of sorts united by their differences.

Mandarin with subtitles, 101 min

Club Zeus Club Zeus

First rule of Club Zeus: women feel what they want to feel. This Shanghai male host club caters to the emotional (and sexual) needs of its professional clientele and Leonardo, its youngest host, understands those needs perfectly. But his mentor and “big brother” Sly wants a better future for Leonardo and is willing to pay any price to free him from his duties. Shot in just ten days, Club Zeus is a visually striking exploration of the need for companionship in this digital age.

Mandarin with subtitles, 75 min

Return Ticket Return Ticket

After working for two years at a failed clothing enterprise, migrant worker Cao Li returns to Shanghai to try her hand again. Reconnecting with hometown friends Guo and Jiuzi, she gets drawn into a scheme, illegally chartering a bus to take fellow Fuyang natives home for the New Year holiday. Cao Li, unsure herself of whether or not she herself will return home, has her own misgivings about their scam, in this intimate, rarely seen portrait of a migrant culture.

Mandarin with subtitles, 88 min

Sacrifice Sacrifice

What are the limits of loyalty, family, and justice? Driven by jealousy and power, General Tu-Angu frames an entire clan for the murder of their king and wipes out all 300 members. All but one - a baby boy and dynastic heir, secretly rescued by the family doctor. But when Tu-Angu orders the Herod-like murder of every male infant, the doctor makes an inconceivable sacrifice in Kaige Chen’s (Farewell My Concubine) breathtaking adaptation of a classical Chinese opera.

Mandarin with subtitles, 132 min


Fat, Bald, Short Man Fat, Bald, Short Man

With nothing going in the looks department, notary Antonio is something of a Colombian George Costanza: teased by his colleagues, unlucky with the ladies, and the doormat of all who wish to tread, most notably his gambling-addicted brother. But Antonio's luck seems set to take a turn for the better when he gets involved with a cultish self-help group and an equally unattractive boss takes over the office. A distinctive animation style and an undeniably heart-warming story make Fat, Bald, Short Man a surefire crowd-pleaser.

Spanish with subtitles, 91 min

Minute 200 Minute 200

An elderly woman who lives alone resigns herself to waiting for death, convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has sold the last minute of a cellphone airtime. A gentle, tender rendering of the twilight years.

Spanish, with subtitles, 19 min


Juan of the Dead Juan of the Dead

Juan is a lovable loser content to loaf around the streets of Havana wisecracking, womanizing, and wiling away the days with a motley crew of fellow drifters. But when what seems at first to be dissident rumblings in the city turns into a full-on flesh-eating zombie onslaught, Juan and his gang go into business as “Juan of the Dead”

Spanish with subtitles, 92 min

Ticket to Paradise Ticket to Paradise

What would you do to get to paradise? Eunice, no longer able to tolerate her father’s abuse, flees the small town she calls home. She falls in with the “freakies”, a gang of hard-living street kids, who embrace her, but then the group finds out that the local AIDS facility offers food, clothing, and shelter. Eunice once again finds herself alone as the rest of the group decides they want in - whatever the cost. A highly compelling chronicle of disaffected youth culture in Cuba.

Spanish with subtitles, 88 min