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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Denmark

The Forgiveness of Blood The Forgiveness of Blood

Nik is your run-of-the-mill, digitally savvy, fun-loving teenager. But his dreams for the future come to a screeching halt when a long-simmering feud between his father and a man who inherited land that once belonged to Nik's family comes to a violent end. Now, thanks to an ancient Albanian law, Nik and his brother find themselves under house arrest while their father is on the lam, causing already high tensions to reach a boiling point in this tense drama.

Albanian with subtitles, 109 min

Love is in the Air Love is in the Air

Daniel loves Lina, but Lina wants rock star Niklas Ravn. Terese wants to give up her virginity to Stefan but Stefan wants to come out and declare his intentions to Daniel who, by now, is into Terese. Unable to express their dreams and passion with mere words, these four young souls break into song and dance over the course of one incredible night, in this color saturated, delightfully romantic musical.

Danish with subtitles, 93 min

Melancholia Melancholia

The title of Lars von Trier's anticipated new film describes both the state of mind of newlywed Justine (Kirsten Dunst) as well as the name of the planet on a collision course to Earth. Featuring standout performances by an all-star cast featuring Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard, and John Hurt, Melancholia is a hauntingly beautiful, dreamlike and eerie portrait of a family confronting the prelude to the end of the world.

125 min

Volcano Volcano

An unconventional coming-of-age tale wrapped in a tender love story, this debut feature presents a portrait of compassionate devotion and an unflinching look at aging. When Hannes retires at age 67, it seems that life "well, meaningful life" has come to an end. Estranged from family and friends, Hannes' most intimate relationship is with his boat, until a series of drastic events causes him to take stock of his life.

Icelandic with subtitles, 99 min

Heavy Heads Heavy Heads

In a gray kitchen Monika lives a solitary life, to the sounds of a dripping water tap and a buzzing housefly. Monika is seducing the housefly, when a sad stranger suddenly surprises her by entering the wrong door. Heavy Heads is a melancholy minimalistic black comedy about loneliness and solitude.

Danish, with subtitles, 8 min

Venus Venus

Caroline and Rasmus are in a mess. They have not had sex for four months. To Caroline's great dismay Rasmus believes the answer is to be found at the local swingers' club, and Caroline reluctantly agrees to go with him to the club in an attempt to save their relationship, with unexpected results. Shortbus meets Wallace and Gromit in this risqué, touching and completely original Claymation.

Danish, with subtitles, 8 min