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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Serbia

Will Not Stop There Will Not Stop There

When private eye and Croatian war veteran Martin brings a Serbian porn star back to his Zagreb apartment, his plans for the night are clear only to himself. But twists and turns—and a little bit of humor—will gradually reveal Martin's motivations for this bizarre adventure. A dark satire with an unconventional romance, Will Not Stop There explores the devastation and heartbreak left in the wake of war.

Croatian with subtitles, 110 minutes

Slovakia

Cooking History Cooking History

Without the battlefield cook, there is no war—because without the cook, there is no food. Using the field kitchen as a lens through which to view the major European conflicts of the 20th century, this documentary allows the bakers, butchers, and chefs of the great European armies to recount their versions of history. Cooking History functions both as a fascinating lesson in the wartime kitchen and a pleasurable glimpse of some of its most animated characters.

Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Russian, Serbian with subtitles, 88 minutes

The Moon Inside You The Moon Inside You

Entertaining and surprisingly inviting, The Moon Inside You takes viewers on an international trek exploring the myths, phobias, quackery, and physiology of menstruation. Combining personal experience with the social stigmas associated with basic female functions, this insightful documentary uses humor, spontaneous interviews, and even Claymation to allay the fears of many viewers and offer welcome information and insight to many more.

75 minutes

South Korea

A Frozen Flower A Frozen Flower

Set in 13th-century Korea, this sweeping epic tells the unconventional story of a taboo love triangle between the king of Goryeo, his male guard, and the queen. In the midst of nobles plotting to dethrone the king, the distraught commander of the royal guards must decide where his loyalties lie. This bold and provocative tale of blossoming desire is laced with bloody battles and betrayal, lust and forbidden love.

Korean, Mandarin with subtitles, 133 minutes

Mother Mother

Hye-ja is a single mom to her naïve and dependent adult son, Do-joon. When a young girl is found dead, Do-joon is accused of murder. With an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force as her only allies, Hye-ja is forced to take justice into her own hands. Part thriller, part family drama, Bong Joon-Ho’s (The Host, Memories of Murder) latest is South Korea’s entry for the best foreign-language Oscar®.

Korean with subtitles, 128 minutes

Spain

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5

Almost everybody is going to die very soon. Fortunately for some, the impending attack of the robots has been forecasted.

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Spanish with English Subtitles, 6 minutes

Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl

Lonely office-bound accountant MacÁrio, sees a captivating woman in the window across the street. Instantly smitten, he throws himself headlong into pursuit of her, only to discover that there’s a long fall from the top of a pedestal down to solid ground. At 100, de Oliveira is still finding fresh perspectives on human nature and delivering them with a richness and visual poetry all his own.

Portuguese with subtitles, 63 minutes

Ernesto Kely Takes Off Ernesto Kely Takes Off

"Do you see a connection with Pollock?" asks aspiring artist Ernesto Kely. In this story of success and creation, Kely is about to take off… and it's gonna hurt.

Ernesto Kely Takes Off will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Spanish with English Subtitles, 14 minutes

Just Walking Just Walking

Revenge is a dish served smoking hot and lightning-quick in this full-throttle heist flick. When macho Mexican crime lord Felix and his brooding, baby-faced triggerman (Diego Luna) cross a quartet of sexy Spanish safecrackers, they'll find out that hell truly hath no fury like a gang of tough-as-nails women out to settle a score.

Spanish with subtitles, 100 minutes

The Moon Inside You The Moon Inside You

Entertaining and surprisingly inviting, The Moon Inside You takes viewers on an international trek exploring the myths, phobias, quackery, and physiology of menstruation. Combining personal experience with the social stigmas associated with basic female functions, this insightful documentary uses humor, spontaneous interviews, and even Claymation to allay the fears of many viewers and offer welcome information and insight to many more.

75 minutes

Northless Northless

An endless stretch of corrugated metal fencing and armed patrolmen aren't the only barriers keeping Andres from illegally jumping the Mexican border into the U.S. Failing at his first attempt, he is dumped into Tijuana, where two benevolent women care for him and vie for his attention, forcing him to confront issues beyond what it takes to survive a border crossing-questions of duty, family, and fidelity.

Spanish with subtitles, 95 minutes

Sweden

Antichrist Antichrist

Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this dark, highly erotic psychological horror story from the controversial writer/director of Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, and Breaking the Waves. A grieving couple retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course, and things go from bad to worse.... Gainsbourg was named best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her astounding performance.

109 minutes

Attached to You Attached to You

In this inventive Claymation piece, we follow the relationship of a boy and his mother starting at the point of conception and ending when the boy himself becomes a father.

Attached to You will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times

9 minutes

Eastern Plays Eastern Plays

This multilayered debut is a fresh, honest, sensitively wrought portrait of two young men struggling with their existential ennui in different ways. Swept up in the Bulgarian capital's turbulent political climate, Georgi falls in with a violent gang of neo-Nazis while blackout drunk and all-around jerk Christo flounders in a dead-end job. Their roles in a racist beating will reveal the connections between them and alter their lives in unexpected ways.

Bulgarian, Turkish with subtitles, 83 minutes

Good Advice Good Advice

Tired of his parents never listening to him, 10-year-old Rasmus decides to run away from home. But before leaving, he records a cassette tape for his yet-to-be-born new brother with advice on how to handle life.

Good Advice will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Swedish with English Subtitles, 15 minutes

Mammoth Mammoth

Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal star in this riveting, Babel-esque drama about the fate of the nuclear family in the age of globalization. An affluent, overworked New York couple relies on their Filipino nanny to care for their young daughter, while in the Philippines her own children grow up motherless. Meanwhile in Thailand a young mother turns to the sex trade to support her faraway daughter. In the space of a few days, the ties binding them all will be tested in life-changing ways.

English, Tagalog, Thai with subtitles, 125 minutes

Videocracy Videocracy

Shockingly relevant and precisely crafted, Erik Gandini's documentary portrays the relationships between Italy's political elite and its powerful media empire. As Gandini puts it, "President Silvio Berlusconi has created a perfect system of TV entertainment and politics." With an eerily fitting soundtrack to guide it along, Videocracy exhibits firsthand the dangers of government-television cohabitation.

English, Italian with subtitles, 80 minutes