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2013 — 49th Chicago Film Festival

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Kelai, Abdeslam

Malak Malak

When 16-year-old Malak discovers that she’s pregnant, she quickly finds herself alone in a community that marginalizes and mistreats single mothers. Abandoned by the baby’s father, shunned by her family, and in dire need of cash, Malak is forced to take desperate measures. An elegantly-photographed portrait of a young woman’s struggles, Malak garnered major awards at Morocco’s National Film Festival, including the Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its young star Chaimae Ben Acha.

Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles, 97

Keshales, Aharon

Big Bad Wolves Big Bad Wolves

When the seemingly meek schoolteacher Dror is arrested - and then released due to a police blunder - as the lead suspect in a brutal child murder, renegade detective Miki and enraged grieving father Gidi take the law into their own hands in search of information and bloody justice. Their violent rage quickly spins out of control in this fantastically intense, darkly funny revenge thriller from the pioneers of Israeli horror cinema.

Hebrew with English Subtitles, 110

Khlebnikov, Boris

A Long And Happy Life A Long And Happy Life

Sasha, a city kid with agrarian ambitions, moved to the country to head up a collective farming project, determined to make the experiment work. A recent local government offer to buy up the farmland seems too good to resist, but Sasha becomes staunch in his decision to stay. Bolstered by the resolution of the local farmworkers, he is pitted against the stakeholders in a decision that may cost him his livelihood - or his life - in this heady social-realist drama.

Russian with English Subtitles, 77

Kibinge, Judy

Something Necessary Something Necessary

Anne struggles to rebuild her life after Kenya’s civil unrest has killed her husband, gravely injured her son, and left her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a quiet and troubled young gang member who took part in the countrywide violence, is drawn to Anne and her farm, seemingly in search of connection and redemption. This powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation presents an intimate look at the aftermath of violence on both perpetrators and victims.

Swahili with English Subtitles, 85

Klein, Daniel


When you’re stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter ... who will come to save you?

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English, 10

Kore-eda, Hirokazu

Like Father Like Son Like Father Like Son

Hard-working architect Ryota spends his days meticulously planning his family’s future. His plans are turned upside down when he and his wife discover that, due to a hospital mix-up six years earlier, their young son Keita is not their own. The foundations of their identities as loving parents begin to crumble as they must negotiate their newly complicated circumstances, as they meet their biological child and send Keita to live with his new family.

Japanese with English Subtitles, 130

Krauze, Joanne Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof

Papusza Papusza

From the celebrated directors of My Nikifor comes a stunning account of the life of Papusza, Poland’s first celebrated Roma poet. Jowita Budnik gives a masterful lead performance, fully inhabiting the poetess over five decades as she finds and refines her voice against the backdrop of the Nazi invasion, subsequent Communist persecution, and eventual excommunication from her Roma community. Exquisitely filmed with painterly precision, this ravishing biopic pays tribute to a beloved but under-recognized literary figure.

Roma Language and Polish with English Subtitles, 131

Krokidas, John

Kill Your Darlings Kill Your Darlings

For dutiful son Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Columbia University is Mecca - a portal to art, intellect, culture, and freedom - everything hometown Patterson, New Jersey is not. When Allen is accepted into Columbia, his father Louis (David Cross), a working-class poet, urges him to leave his emotionally ill mother Naomi (Jennifer Jason Leigh) behind and head to New York to go pursue his own creative dreams.


Kryler, Marcus

Reset Reset

A little girl lives on a remote farm where she receives a monthly letter from her father.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

Swedish, 15

Kumar, Amit

Monsoon Shootout Monsoon Shootout

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment, raises his gun in the face of a criminal and is suddenly faced with the most vital decision of his life: to shoot or not to shoot? Monsoon Shootout presents three alternate scenarios, each sending Adi on a on a spiraling journey downward that pits him against fate and a system mired in moral ambiguity.

Hindi with English subtitles, 88

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