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2010 — 46th Chicago International Film Festival

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Pacskovszky, József

Days of Desire Days of Desire

A wealthy couple recovering from a tragedy hires a mute orphan to serve as their housekeeper and silent confessor, providing her with lodging and the loving parents she never had. But when she attempts to bring an outsider into their circle, their shared fantasy of domestic bliss shatters as they’re forced to confront the unspoken lies buttressing their fragile peace. Beautiful black-and-white cinematography casts light and shadow on this story of secrets and surrogates.

Hungarian with minutes, 104 min.

Paskaljevic, Vladimir

Devil's Town Devil's Town

In this savagely funny black comedy, a tennis championship breeds nationalistic fervor across Belgrade as a seemingly unconnected cast of characters struggles through the moral challenges of a single day. Their lives seem close to intersecting, but what could a penniless young girl, a soft-hearted prostitute, a violently angry cab driver, a monk who can only communicate via his laptop, and a heartbroken teenage boy all have in common with each other?

Serbian with minutes, 82 min.

Plá, Rodrigo

Revolución Revolución

Showcasing a wide range of voices from today’s vibrant Mexican film scene, this 10-film omnibus commemorates the centenary of the Mexican Revolution. From portrayals of hapless tuba players to dreamlike processions through downtown Los Angeles, these films explore the meaning of revolution in contemporary Mexico. Featuring the talents of Carlos Reygadas, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Patricia Riggen, Rodrigo García, Gerardo Naranjo, Mariana Chenillo, Rodrigo Plá, Fernando Eimbcke, and Amat Escalante.

Spanish with subtitles, 124 min.

Popogrebsky, Aleksei

How I Ended the Summer How I Ended the Summer

The desolate frigidity of the Arctic Circle isn’t enough to dampen the slow boil of anxiety and madness that percolates beneath the surface at a remote science station, where veteran technician Sergei and callow but eager newcomer Pavel struggle to cope with the tedium. Their stress reaches a snapping point when Pavel receives a radio transmission bearing bad news and, afraid of his saturnine partner’s reaction, goes to extreme lengths to keep it a secret.

Russian with subtitles, 124 min.

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