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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Netherlands

The Last Days of Emma Blank The Last Days of Emma Blank

The Dutch master of madcap misanthropy returns to the Festival with a precise, pitch-black comedy set in the country home of terminally ill Emma Blank. Her domestic servants have long submitted to her venomous attitude and irrational whims with an eye on an inheritance (van Warmerdam himself plays a character ordered to serve as the family dog… see it to believe it), but slowly the truth about this way-offbeat household is revealed.

Dutch with subtitles, 89 minutes

New Zealand

Careful with that Power Tool Careful with that Power Tool

The highly anticipated sequel to Careful with that Axe, Careful with that Power Tool shows the real reason why little boys shouldn't play with power tools.

Careful with that Power Tool will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

2 minutes

The Handover The Handover

When a single dad returns his daughter at the end of the weekend, he seizes the opportunity for one last moment of intimacy with his ex-wife—but he soon discovers his act of transgression comes with a price.

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

15 minutes