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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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B, David

Dream of 1st April 1999 Dream of 1st April 1999

A little boy goes for a walk in the forest with a mysterious, yeti like creature in this bizarre and highly creative animation which takes us on a dark, nightmarish journey which becomes increasingly abstract and surreal. 20’s style intertitles add to the dreamlike, nostalgic feel of this unique film.

6 min

Beels, Kaat

Hotel Swooni Hotel Swooni

What is happiness? How do we grasp it? Six characters fumble desperately as their lives intersect over the course of one day and night in Brussels’ luxurious Hotel Swooni. A couple must face the truth about their marriage, while a mother and daughter seek to repair their fractured relationship and a young African boy urgently searches for his missing father. Emotions run high in this hotel in which no one checks out quite the same as they checked in.

Dutch, French with subtitles, 90 min

Ben-Asher, Hagar

The Slut The Slut

Winner of the Best Director prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Hagar Ben-Asher’s alternative, almost anti-cautionary tale presents Tamar, a beautiful, young single mother with a seemingly insatiable sexual appetite. While running a chicken farm with her two daughters, she finds servicing the village’s lackluster men gets her through the inconveniences of everyday life. That is until a hunky veterinarian comes to town.

Hebrew with subtitles, 88 min

Benitez, Frank

Minute 200 Minute 200

An elderly woman who lives alone resigns herself to waiting for death, convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has sold the last minute of a cellphone airtime. A gentle, tender rendering of the twilight years.

Spanish, with subtitles, 19 min

Bergroth, Zaida

The Good Son The Good Son

Seventeen-year-old Ilmari has spent most of his young life looking after his mother, Leila, a renowned actress who loves to be the center of attention, and his younger brother. After a recent scandal, Leila takes all three of them to a distant island for a quiet weekend but soon grows bored and invites all of her friends over for a party. There, she falls for scriptwriter Aimo, and soon Ilmari’s resentment explodes in this tragic portrait of a dysfunctional family.

Finnish with subtitles, 87 min

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