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2010 — 46th Chicago International Film Festival

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Beautiful Darling Beautiful Darling

Director: James Rasin

Transgender pioneer Candy Darling played glamorous muse to some of ’60s-’70s New York’s biggest artists. She shone in Andy Warhol’s films, Lou Reed’s songs, and Tennessee Williams’ plays. But Candy’s rising star hid a crippling isolation that haunted her until her tragic death. Relive this outré version of the American Dream with Candy’s best friend Jeremiah Newton, Candy’s own letters (voiced by Chloë Sevigny), new interviews, and archival footage featuring Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Jane Fonda, and Kim Novak.

84 min.

Bellows March, The Bellows March, The

Director: Eric Dyer

Colorful concertinas march and swirl across the screen in The Bellows March.

5 min.

Besouro Besouro

Director: João Daniel Tikhomiroff

In 1920s Brazil, the black slaves suffer under the heel of their oppressors, who forbid them even from engaging in their cultural practices, such as the traditional martial art of capoeira. When the leader of the slave resistance movement is assassinated, his protégé Besouro must take up his mantle. Using his mastery of capoeira and the supernatural abilities given to him by ancient African deities, Besouro becomes an untouchable mystic, freedom fighter, and symbol of revolt.

Portuguese with subtitles, 95 min.

Big Tits Zombie Big Tits Zombie

Director: Takao Nakano

A campy, raucous crowd-pleaser that is definitely not for the whole family, this 3-D spectacle pits brassy strippers against a horde of the undead, which the ladies unwittingly revive by reading aloud from an ancient tome. They must battle one of their own in addition to the brain eaters when goth stripper Maria hatches her own ambitious plans to become Queen of the Dead.

Japanese with subtitles, 73 min.

Birthday Birthday

Director: Jenifer Malmqvist

Sara prepares a surprise for her wife’s birthday, but all does not go according to plan in Birthday.

Swedish with subtitles, 18 min.

Bitter Feast Bitter Feast

Director: Joe Maggio

Peter Grey’s culinary career is quickly coming to an end. When ruthless food blogger J.T. Franks pans Grey’s restaurant, the furious chef devises the ultimate cooking lesson. Chained in the basement of Grey’s remote country home, Franks is taught, in exceedingly sadistic ways, just how hard it is to satisfy his own standards. Featuring a cameo performance by superstar chef Mario Batali, this deliciously fiendish film pits artist against critic, presenting its own very well done concoction of a culinary monster.

104 min.

Black Field Black Field

Director: Vardis Marinakis

In 17th-century Greece, a wounded slave-soldier takes refuge at a cliffside convent, forever changing the life of Anthi, a convent resident. Quiet and solemn, even for a nun, Anthi is not all she seems to be. Rooted within the epic scope of historical Greece during the Great Turkish War, Black Field elegantly focuses on the near-mythic love story between Anthi and the soldier, using remarkable, eerie visuals to chronicle Anthi’s path to freedom and self-discovery.

Greek with subtitles, 104 min.

Black Perspectives Tribute: Forest Whitaker Black Perspectives Tribute: Forest Whitaker

lity in Hollywood blockbusters, television, and acclaimed independent films, including The Last King of Scotland (for which he won an Oscar®), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Good Morning Vietnam, Bird, Platoon, and The Crying Game. The rich variety of his contributions to cinema have earned him the Festival’s Career Achievement Award, placing him alongside such luminaries as Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier. Join us as we celebrate this illustrious actor with film highlights from his most memorable performances, followed by a conversation about his career.

Black Swan Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky

This psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a dancer in a ballet company who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival (Mila Kunis). Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

108 min.

Black, White and Blues Black, White and Blues

Director: Mario Van Peebles

In this heartwarming road-trip comedy from actor-director Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), struggling musician and alcoholic Jefferson Bailey (co-writer Morgan Simpson) needs to get out of Dodge to escape the wrath of his lover’s cuckolded husband. Enter a mysterious new acquaintance (Michael Clarke Duncan), who informs Jefferson that his grandfather has died and left an estate to him. The two men form an unlikely bond as they journey to Alabama to claim the inheritance.

91 min.

Blame Blame

Director: Michael Henry

Red-eyed and weary from a sleepless night after a funeral, a group of young would-be vigilantes set out to kill the man they believe is responsible for their friend’s suicide. Armed with black masks and a bottle of sleeping pills, they attempt to exact their revenge; but murder cannot afford mistakes or doubt, and this group encounters both. The tension mounts to heart-pounding levels in this unconventional thriller as the youths sort through the tangle of lies that set them on this path.

89 min.

Brother & Sister Brother & Sister

Director: Daniel Burman

In this graceful, wryly amusing character study from Chicago fave Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace), two aging siblings

Spanish with subtitles, 105 min.

Building Manager, The Building Manager, The

Director: Periklis Hoursoglou

Fiftysomething Pavlos, a husband and father, takes over the responsibilities of his elderly mother’s job as the manager of a crumbling apartment building. Infatuated with a young shopkeeper and plagued with problems at home and at work, he soon finds himself in the grip of a full-fledged midlife crisis. Pairing understated humor with emotional insight, The Building Manager is a compassionate portrayal of the risk involved in surrendering completely to the vagaries of love.

Greek with subtitles, 92 min.