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2013 — 49th Chicago Film Festival

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Valle, Jose Luis

Workers Workers

After decades of working in a Tijuana factory, Rafael finds that, due to a technicality, he won’t be receiving a pension. Lidia works as a maid whose demanding boss devotes all her attention to her dog Princess. When her boss dies and leaves her fortune entirely to Princess, Lidia finds herself working for a canine millionaire. Gorgeously observed with striking visuals, Workers tells the moving, often absurdly funny story of two employees who are pushed to the breaking point.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 120

Vandenberg, Austin Peck & Anneliese

Tough Bond Tough Bond

On the streets of Kenya's cities, Tough Bond-brand glue is the drug of choice for kids living on their own, numbing themselves to hunger while surviving off scraps. This incredibly moving documentary provides an intimate look at four of these kids - who call themselves “Survivors” - following them over the course of three years and taking the viewer deep into their lives. Filmmakers Peck and Vandenberg employ their impressive technical virtuosity in capturing the world of these embattled but resilient children.

English, Swahili, Turkana with English Subtitles, 84

Vazquez, Alberto

Unicorn Blood Unicorn Blood

Two teddy bears go hunting for their favorite prey.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

Spanish, 9

Verbeek, David

How To Describe A Cloud How To Describe A Cloud

Liling, a hip young DJ, returns to her rural village to care for her ailing mother. On the advice of the doctor, she tries to slow her blind mother’s memory loss by describing the world around her. As Liling herself struggles to stay connected to the physical world, she begins to become subsumed in her mother’s world of mysticism and imagination. Beautifully dreamlike, this sincere and poignant film follows Liling as she grows closer to her fading mother.

Chinese Mandarin with English Subtitles, 80

Verheyen, Jan

The Verdict The Verdict

A successful businessman with a beautiful wife and daughter, Luc Segers leads an idyllic life. It all falls apart when a botched burglary leads to the murder of his wife and the death of his daughter. Luc quickly identifies the killer but a procedural error lets him off scot-free, devastating Luc even further. A taut, award-winning courtroom thriller, The Verdict follows Luc’s obsessive efforts to enact justice.

Flemish with English Subtitles, 112

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