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2010 — 46th Chicago International Film Festival

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Valdivia, Juan Carlos

Southern District Southern District

Brimming with visual splendor, engrossing performances, and Juan Carlos Valdivia’s (American Visa) virtuoso direction, Southern District plants itself in the opulent mansion of a wealthy Bolivian family, steadily observing the rhythms of their excessively extravagant lives. They are not villains, but their careless hedonism and misguided sense of racial and social superiority lead them into deep waters when their money begins to dry up.

Spanish, Aymara with subtitles, 108 min.

Verbeek, David

R U There R U There

The fundamental nature of human intimacy is examined in this groundbreaking observation of a life lived primarily in the virtual world. A withdrawn professional gamer, in Taiwan for a videogame tournament, befriends a prostitute after shoulder pain prevents him from competing. Though their relationship remains platonic in real life, they form a romantic bond through their online rendezvous in the game Second Life.

Dutch with subtitles, 87 min.

Vidigal, Luciano

5X Favela 5X Favela

The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 5X Favela’s five short films offer a rare glimpse of the vigorous culture emerging from these communities, exploding the popular myth that they are merely hotbeds of drugs and violence. Featuring rising-star directors Manaíra Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcellos, and Luciana Bezerra.

Portuguese with subtitles, 103 min.

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