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2013 — 49th Chicago Film Festival

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Pitstra, Alex

Die Welt Die Welt

In the summer of 2011, Tunisia is finally free of its dictatorial shackles, but 23-year-old Abdallah is still a slave to his mundane life, dreaming of an escape to Europe - or “die Welt” - to fulfill his dormant ambitions. Following a chance encounter with Dutch tourist Anna, Abdallah’s passion to reach the other side of the Mediterranean burns brighter than ever before, prompting a desperate gamble for escape in this at turns comic and heartbreaking story.

English, Arabic and Dutch with English Subtitles, 80

Please, Michael

Marilyn Myller Marilyn Myller

The heroine is trying really hard to create something, but can expectation and reality ever truly align?

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English, 6

Plympton, Bill

Drunker Than A Skunk Drunker Than A Skunk

A cowboy town torments the local drunk.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English, 4

Polsky, Alan and Gabe

The Motel Life The Motel Life

This haunting melodrama from Chicago filmmakers Gabe and Alan Polsky follows Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan, brothers who scrape out a paltry living, working odd jobs and drinking hard while living in a motel. Everything changes after a hit-and-run accident sends them on the lam, making their way to the home of Frank’s old flame Annie (Dakota Fanning). Although they seem to be safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt renders their future increasingly uncertain.


Popakul, Tomasz

Ziegenort Ziegenort

Fish Boy struggles for acceptance in a remote fishing village.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division


Poppe, Erik

A Thousand Times Good Night A Thousand Times Good Night

A Thousand Times Good Night follows driven war photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche in one of her most powerful performances), known for her willingness to tackle risky subjects. While photographing suicide bombers, she is badly hurt in an explosion. When she returns home to Norway, her husband (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and daughter are tired of her risking her life on dangerous assignments. They give her an ultimatum, making her choose between her work and her family.

English, Norwegian with English subtitles, 111

Pott, Julia

The Event The Event

A haunting tale of love, and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English, 3

Prieto, Roberto Flores

Chasing Fireflies Chasing Fireflies

Manrique’s lonely existence watching over an abandoned salt mine in the remote Colombian Caribbean suits him just fine. Content in his isolation, with a dog that spends its nights chasing fireflies as his sole companion, his world is upended when his teenage daughter Valeria shows up as if out of nowhere. As the days pass, Valeria’s determined but cheerful presence forces Manrique out of his routine in this beautiful, understated story about family, love, and the small joys of life.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 100

Puenzo, Lucia

The German Doctor The German Doctor

In Patagonia, 1960, an Argentine family meets a German physician on the long road to Bariloche. The first guest at the family’s newly opened inn, the wealthy doctor ingratiates himself into their home life with his charisma and his scientific knowledge. Little do they know, however, that they are housing one of history’s most monstrous criminals, and that he might be continuing his experimental practice in their own community in this chilling, captivating story.

Spanish, German, Hebrew with English Subtitles, 93

Now showing rows 11 - 15 of 19