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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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About Elly About Elly

Director: Asghar Farhadi

From the director of Fireworks Wednesday (winner of the Festival's 2006 Gold Hugo), this complex mystery launches with the lighthearted weekend reunion of a group of old college pals. Sepideh has brought along her new friend Elly, hoping she'll hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride. But when Elly disappears from their seaside bungalow, compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe.

Persian with subtitles, 119 minutes

Acting for the Camera Acting for the Camera

Director: Justin Nowell

Two students in an acting class are assigned the task of replicating the orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. Unbeknownst to them, the class's instructor is about to get intimately involved.

Acting for the Camera will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

14 minutes

Against the Current Against the Current

Director: Peter Callahan

Paul, still wracked with grief five years after his wife's death, has a goal: to swim the entire length of the Hudson River in a month. His friends Jeff and Liz come along on the adventure, but they are dismayed when Paul reveals the true purpose behind his trip. By turns wry and sorrowful, this unconventional indie-drama-meets-road-trip stars Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love), Justin Kirk (Angels In America), Elizabeth Reaser, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Mary Tyler Moore.

99 minutes

Air Doll Air Doll

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

The internationally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, After Life, and Still Walking returns with a romantic fantasy that explores the complexities of love, loneliness, and loss through the story of a life-size inflatable doll. Air doll "Nozomi" is middle-aged loner Hideo's only companion in life, but when she suddenly comes to life and begins exploring the world on her own, her journey begs the question

Japanese with subtitles, 125 minutes

Ali Shan Ali Shan

Director: Yung Chang

Endeavoring to answer the question of How do we dream? Ali Shan quietly documents a group of tourists as they ascend a mountain to welcome in a new day.

Ali Shan will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

7 minutes

Antichrist Antichrist

Denmark / France / Germany / Poland / Sweden
Director: Lars von Trier

Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this dark, highly erotic psychological horror story from the controversial writer/director of Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, and Breaking the Waves. A grieving couple retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course, and things go from bad to worse.... Gainsbourg was named best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her astounding performance.

109 minutes

Astro Boy Astro Boy

Hong Kong / USA
Director: David Bowers

A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is full of action, adventure, humor, and heart brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation. Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. When his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero. Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage lead an all-star voice cast.

94 minutes

The Athlete The Athlete

Ethiopia / Germany / USA
Directors: Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew

In 1960, the barefoot Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila stunned the world by becoming the first African to win the Olympic gold medal. Then he won gold again four years later in Tokyo. But his story had just begun with Olympic medals. A few years later in Ethiopia, fate presents this champion with his greatest challenge. Seamlessly blending autobiography, biopic, drama, and documentary, The Athlete is a beautiful and moving investigation of a man who is ceaseless in his journey for greatness.

English, Amharic with subtitles, 93 minutes

Attached to You Attached to You

Directors: Carin Bräck, Cecilia Actis and Mia Hulterstam

In this inventive Claymation piece, we follow the relationship of a boy and his mother starting at the point of conception and ending when the boy himself becomes a father.

Attached to You will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times

9 minutes

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5

Director: Chema García Ibarra

Almost everybody is going to die very soon. Fortunately for some, the impending attack of the robots has been forecasted.

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Spanish with English Subtitles, 6 minutes