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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Iceland

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

Krass Krass

Oli runs an unusual car wash with his brother Keli, although he seems to spend more time singing karaoke than doing work. An impatient customer shows up with a vintage car for them to service, but soon Oli has a serious problem on his hands. Idiosyncratic comedy like only the Icelandic know how.

Icelandic, with subtitles, 8 min

India

Azhagarsamy's Horse Azhagarsamy's Horse

The small village of Mallayapuram is frantic when they realize the holy wooden statue of god Azhagarsamy’s horse is missing from the local temple. When a real horse turns up soon after, people are convinced it is the wooden horse come to life bringing luck to the drought-striken village. However when a man named (would you believe it) Azhagarsamy arrives claiming the horse is his, the entire village turns topsy-turvy in this delightful comic romp.

Tamil with subtitles, 122 min

Kshay (Corrode) Kshay (Corrode)

Chhaya, a woman of limited means, leads a good, decent life alongside her husband Arvind - until she becomes obsessed with a sculpture of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Chhaya will stop at nothing to bring home this statue, and soon her past weaknesses and disappointments (including a miscarriage) bubble to the surface, consuming and corroding her soul. Kshay is the latest example of an exciting new wave of independent Indian cinema.

Hindi with subtitles, 92 min

Dekh Indian Circus Dekh Indian Circus

Money: the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems. Well, not exactly. But when the circus comes to a small Indian village, Ghumroo and his sister Panni learn adult sized lessons about greed and corruption. Wanting nothing more than a ticket to the big show, the youngsters take a special interest in a cash payment Dad has received from the local politicians to secure his vote. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones interested in their father’s sudden small windfall.

Hindi with subtitles, 103 min

Gandu Gandu

Gandu (local slang for “asshole”) is a lovable loser who hates his life in modern-day Kolkata. When he isn’t stealing money from his mother to finance a fledgling rap career and lottery ticket obsession, Gandu spends his days with a Bruce Lee-obsessed rickshaw driver named Rickshaw. As their friendship develops, the two descend into a world of sex, drugs, and rap musical sequences. Audacious in both form and content, Gandu introduces audiences to a raucous and in your face side of Indian film they definitely won’t see from Bollywood. Mature audiences only.

Bengali with subtitles, 85 min

Inshallah, Football Inshallah, Football

The fast-paced game of the world's most popular sport is contrasted against the slow turning gears of democracy in this controversial documentary. With help from a committed South American coach and his charming wife, 18-year-old Kashmiri soccer player Basharat is good enough to go play in Brazil but can't obtain a visa due to his father's militant past. More than a coming-of-age story about a teen who dreams of living as a free citizen, it is also a coming-of-age story for democracy in India.

Urdu, Kashmiri with subtitles, 83 min

Mausam (Seasons of Love) Mausam (Seasons of Love)

Join us on the red carpet as we celebrate the launch of the Spotlight South Asia program, presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with a Gala Presentation of the highly anticipated Bollywood feature Mausam (Seasons of Love). Renowned Indian actor Pankaj Kapoor makes his directorial debut with this Bollywood-style love story between Kashmiri refugee Aayat and Punjabi Air Force officer Harry. Spanning a full decade and two continents, we follow their relationship through four distinct seasons, each representing a different stage in their lives. A passionate and sweeping romantic epic full of exuberant musical numbers, Mausam brings to life an unforgettable journey of sacrifice, separation, and love.

Hindi with subtitles, 160 min

Patang Patang

Can you ever really go home again? In Chicago-born Prashant Bhargava’s visually stunning feature debut, a successful Delhi businessman returns to his familial home, urban-bred daughter in tow, for a surprise visit during India’s largest kite festival. The excitement of their homecoming soon fades as long-held resentments and distrust surface.

Hindi with subtitles, 93 min

Just That Sort of a Day Just That Sort of a Day

Glimpses into the lives of seemingly unconnected characters, and their doubts, quirks and misgivings. As these characters hang in a timeless space- they gaze at the universe through letters, galaxies, parapets, and fishbowls. Randomness, existence and the order, or disorder of things, is explored in this beautiful, unusual hybrid animation.

14 min

Kshay  (Corrode) Kshay (Corrode)

Chhaya, a woman of limited means, leads a good, decent life alongside her husband Arvind - until she becomes obsessed with a sculpture of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Chhaya will stop at nothing to bring home this statue, and soon her past weaknesses and disappointments (including a miscarriage) bubble to the surface, consuming and corroding her soul. Corrode is the latest example of an exciting new wave of independent Indian cinema.

Hindi with subtitles, 92 min

Indonesia

Madame X Madame X

In this Indonesian-styled Priscilla Queen of the Desert, our transsexual superhero goes up against Mr. Storm, The National Morality Front, and his deadly burqa-clad wives. A dark wit pervades this daring, camp-filled first feature from director Lucky Kuswandi.

Indonesian with subtitles, 100 min

Iran

Goodbye Goodbye

In this gripping film shot semi-clandestinely, a young disbarred female lawyer with an exiled husband and an unwanted pregnancy tries to secure a visa to leave the country. Tension builds slowly and meticulously as the heroine faces off against an oppressive regime, the walls slowly closing in around her. This powerful portrait of one woman's struggle against the system in modern-day Iran won a best director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Farsi with subtitles, 104 min

Bride Can Bride Can

A witty deconstruction of women’s life in traditional Iranian society, emphasizing gender oppression and lack of control over their already determined fate. Bride Can uses surprising juxtapositions of imagery to criticize objectification of women in Iran.

7 min

Iraq

Salaam Dunk Salaam Dunk

When violent images of Iraq are all the Western world is accustomed to, it’s easy to forget that life continues in the war-torn nation. At the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, life does just that, as is extraordinarily personified by the school ’s women’s basketball team. In a sports movie for the ages, Salaam Dunk follows the team’s season, chronicling their triumphs and tragedies both on and off the court.

English, Arabic, Kurdish with subtitles, 83 min