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2013 — 49th Chicago Film Festival

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Director: Daniel Klein

When you’re stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter ... who will come to save you?

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English, 10

Aftermath Aftermath

Director: Jeremy Robbins

In a predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

English, 20

Alan Partridge Alan Partridge

Director: Declan Lowney

Comedian Steve Coogan reprises his most beloved character, monumentally self-absorbed DJ Alan Partridge, in this long-awaited big screen adaptation. After being laid off following a corporate takeover, Alan’s colleague Pat takes their radio station hostage. At Pat’s request, Alan is called in by the authorities to negotiate. Inside the station, Alan’s complete lack of effectiveness does nothing to deflate his ego, which is swelling due to his central role in a national news story.


Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth

Director: Pratibha Parmar

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the extraordinary story of one of America’s greatest living writers, from her childhood in a family of Georgia sharecroppers to a distinguished career as an activist and author. The first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple, Walker found herself at the center of a national controversy surrounding the book and the film adaptation’s depiction of the relationship between black women and the men in their lives.


Amarcord Amarcord

France / Italy
Director: Federico Fellini

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and called Fellini’s “final great film” by Roger Ebert, this surreal quasi-autobiographical comedy follows adolescent prankster Titta’s childhood in the quaint, eccentric village of Borgo San Giuliano in Mussolini’s Italy. A joyous, often nostalgic, account of Titta’s fantasies, family feuds, and seemingly fantastical adventures, Fellini’s dreamlike masterpiece lovingly pays tribute to village life, and to the wonderful embellishments that cloud our memories.

Year: 1973

Part of Comedy, Italian Style: This year, the Festival celebrates Italian cinema with a look back at beloved comedies covering five decades.


American Vagabond American Vagabond

Finland and Denmark / USA
Director: Susanna Helke

Growing up gay in a family and a community that refuse to accept him for who he is, James leaves his hometown for San Francisco. Moving with his boyfriend Tyler, James imagines easily finding a home in the world’s gay Mecca, but without jobs they end up living among the city's sizable community of homeless queer youth. Both stylized and deeply personal, this moving documentary provides an intimate portrait of its subjects' joys and struggles.


Arcade Arcade

Director: Nida Manzoor

A games arcade turns surreal as two schoolgirls confront their frustrations.

Part of Shorts 7: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

English, 6

At Berkeley At Berkeley

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Pioneering documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, Crazy Horse) has become the cinema’s great chronicler of institutions. With his characteristic focus on the human side of a large and complex organization, Wiseman trains his camera on the University of California, Berkeley during the fall 2010 semester. With unrestrained access, Wiseman goes inside classrooms and administration meetings to paint an engrossing, multi-layered portrait of an elite university in a time of financial uncertainty.


August: Osage County August: Osage County

Director: John Wells

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play was the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. August: Osage County features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Abigail Breslin.