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2012 — 48th Chicago Film Festival

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Antiviral Antiviral

An audacious sci-fi thriller, Antiviral tells the gripping story of Syd March, an employee at a clinic catering to celebrity fetishists by selling them diseases extracted from their heroes’ bodies. Syd, who smuggles them onto the black market through his own body, infects himself with the mysterious virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist. Chased on all sides by those who want the disease, Syd realizes he must uncover an antidote before he succumbs.

English, 110 min

Edmond Was A Donkey Edmond Was A Donkey

When Edmond's co-workers give him a new set of ears, his life begins to change in this haunting, melancholy animation.

Part of: Shorts 2: Blurring the Lines

English, 14 min

In Their Skin In Their Skin

A relaxing trip to the country for a family of stylish urbanites takes a dark and disturbing turn when they are visited by their seemingly harmless neighbors. As their unsophisticated guests’ behavior becomes increasingly strange and menacing, the family realizes that they are trapped in a terrifying and potentially deadly situation. Skillfully building the claustrophobic atmosphere with masterful control over mood and pacing, In Their Skin is a chilling, sophisticated slice of terror.

English, 96 min

The Conquerors The Conquerors

A man and woman are carried by stormy seas onto a strange, inhospitable shore. There they embark on an epic adventure, attempting to survive in their new world in a stunning animated collage.

Part of: Shorts 2: Blurring the Lines

No Dialogue, 12 min

The Final Member The Final Member

Everyone has a dream, and for Sigurdur Hjartarson, it is the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Having established the pre-eminent shrine to the penises of the world’s diverse species, his collection is only missing one vital piece: that of a human being. Chronicling his bizarre but sincere quest, The Final Member reveals the lecherous elderly Icelandic man and eccentric American who are vying to claim a very unique “world’s first.”

English and Icelandic with subtitles, 75 min

War Witch War Witch

A remarkable, inspiring story of human resilience, War Witch tells the story of Komona, a 14-year-old girl whose life took a drastic, tragic turn when armed rebels stormed her village. Forced to join the rebel army and endure brutal training, Komona learns to survive, and even falls in love. Although she wishes to forget, the now-pregnant Komona realizes she must reconcile herself with her painful past.

French and Lingala with subtitles, 90 min


Night Across the Street Night Across the Street

The final completed film from Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained), one of world cinema’s most inventive, iconoclastic filmmakers, Night Across the Street follows the ruminations of Don Celso, an elderly office worker, as he relives memories - both real and imagined - from his life. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama.

Spanish and French with subtitles, 110 min


Full Circle Full Circle

A sense of vitality and excitement fills the lives of a nursing home’s inhabitants when they decide to compete in a television variety show competition. Although members of this newly-energized group are battling the effects of various illnesses or familial estrangement and neglect, they all come together in common enthusiasm to realize their dream, no matter who or what stands in their way in this heart-warming, rousing film.

Mandarin with subtitles, 105 min


La Playa DC La Playa DC

Tomás, an Afro-Colombian teenager driven from his home by war, settles with his brothers in the section of Bogota known (ironically) as “La Playa.” Working as a barber’s apprentice, Tomás is just beginning to find a place for himself when his younger brother Jairo disappears. Tomás must make a risk-filled journey in search of Jairo, a rite of passage that forces him to find, and earn, his own identity in this impressive, wonderfully energetic debut film.

Spanish with subtitles, 90 min


Chill Chill

A girl visits her ex-boyfriend in search of their lost intimacy in this candid exploration of the ways in which sex can both bring us closer together and drive us further apart.

Part of: Shorts 4: Not OK, Cupid!

Croatian with subtitles, 11 min