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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Gandini, Erik

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

Gárdos, Péter

Prank Prank

For the rambunctious seventh graders at an early-20th-century boarding school, the preferred extracurricular activity is playing increasingly outrageous pranks on one brainy classmate. The lax Father Zoltan thinks boys will be boys, but when stern young Father Weigl begins to implement his own secret plan to curb the kids' "anarchic activity," he unwittingly sets the entire school on a tragic course.

Hungarian with subtitles, 93 minutes

Géhami, Stéphane

Straight to the Heart Straight to the Heart

Amid the low-rent neighborhoods of Montreal, the true nature of a career criminal is slowly unveiled in this grittily realistic, romantic character drama. BenoÎt is a car thief perpetually running from the police, his family, his ex-lovers, and a 13-year-old hood who badly needs a father figure. But after he falls for the lovely Sylvie while trying to boost her car, can BenoÎt commit to turning his life around?

French with subtitles, 109 minutes

Gernand, Erik

Non-Love-Song Non-Love-Song

On the last day of summer before heading off to college, two 18-year-old best friends attempt to connect as adults, and for the first time in their lives share a "real" moment.

Non-Love-Song will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 1: Illinois[e]makers: Information & Show Times

8 minutes

Glasson, Rupert

Coffin Rock Coffin Rock

A small-town love triangle turns deadly in this chilling thriller from the producer of Wolf Creek. Jess and Rob are happily married, but the stress of three long years without being able to conceive propels Jess into the arms of Evan, a young stranger whose interest in her borders on the obsessive. Already wracked with guilt, Jess will pay an even bigger price for her adultery when she finds out she's pregnant….

89 minutes

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