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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Careful with that Power Tool Careful with that Power Tool

New Zealand
Director: Jason Stutter

The highly anticipated sequel to Careful with that Axe, Careful with that Power Tool shows the real reason why little boys shouldn't play with power tools.

Careful with that Power Tool will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times

2 minutes

Case Unknown Case Unknown

Director: Feliks Falk

Work is everything to young psychiatrist Konstanty Grot

Polish with subtitles, 102 minutes

The Castle The Castle

Director: Rob Sitch

Early in The Castle, the happy Kerrigan family is served a chicken dinner. Dad (Michael Caton) observes something on the chicken and asks his wife (Anne Tenney) what it is. "Seasoning," she says proudly. Dad beams: "Seasoning! Looks like everybody's kicked a goal."

And so life spins along in Melbourne, where the Kerrigan home sits surrounded by its built-on rooms, screened-in porch, greyhound kennel, big-dish satellite and carport. For Darryl, it is not so much a house as a shrine to one of the best darn families in the universe, and he proudly points out the plastic Victorian gingerbread trim and the fake chimney.

The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch, is one of those comic treasures like The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine, that shows its characters in the full bloom of glorious eccentricity. The Kerrigans may be the proudest and happiest family you've ever met, what with dad's prosperous tow-truck business, and the inventions of Steve (Anthony Simcoe), the "idea man" who specializes in fitting tools together so they can do two jobs equally badly. Tracy (Sophie Lee) is the only college graduate (from beauty school), and Dale (Stephen Curry) is the narrator, frequently quoting his dad, who observes, as he gazes up at pylons towering over the home, that "power lines are a reminder of man's ability to generate electricity."

This is the sort of movie the British used to make in black and white, starring Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Terry-Thomas, and Ian Carmichael. It's about characters who have a rock-solid view of the universe and their place in it, and gaze out upon the world in sublime contentment.

"Of all the films I've shown at Ebertfest, the audience probably loved" – Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert is Chicago’s own legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic. An integral part of the Chicago International Film Festival since its early years, Roger went on to form his Overlooked Film Festival in 1999. Now known simply as Ebertfest, the annual event highlights films both new and old that deserve wider attention or a fresh look by a new audience. Join us for this special presentation of The Castle, an Ebertfest film handpicked by Roger for Chicago.

The Castle will be presented as part of the special program, Roger Ebert Presents...: Information & Show Times

82 minutes

Cedar Boys Cedar Boys

Director: Serhat Caradee

For Tarek, a young Lebanese man living with his parents in suburban Sydney, everything he wants seems just out of reach

106 minutes

Chains Chains

Director: Sharon Lewis

Chain, starved for beauty in her desolate underground community of scavengers, risks punishment of death by growing a flower using scarce water.

Chains will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 5: Best of the American Black Film Festival: Information & Show Times

10 minutes

Cherry on the Cake Cherry on the Cake

Director: Hyebin Lee

The smaller Cherry feels, the smaller she gets

8 minutes

Chicago Overcoat Chicago Overcoat

Director: Brian Caunter

Twenty years ago, Lou Marazano (Frank Vincent, The Sopranos, Casino) was the deadliest triggerman in the notorious Chicago Outfit. When Lou's jailed boss (Armand Assante) orders a wave of hits to cover up a conspiracy between city officials and the mob, Lou sees a chance to finance his retirement and relive his glory days. But does he still have what it takes? This neo-noir crime drama is an accomplished debut from first-time local filmmakers.

95 minutes

Ciao Mama Ciao Mama

Director: Goran Odvorčić

An attention-starved young girl attempts to provoke her mother with the threat of suicide. In the resulting standoff, both must re-examine their relationship.

Ciao Mama will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times

Croatian with English Subtitles, 10 minutes

The Best of CineYouth The Best of CineYouth

Cinema/Chicago's yearly CineYouth Festival celebrates the work of students 20 years old and younger, highlighting the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. The Best of the Fest showcases the winning films from the 2009 CineYouth Festival, screening the winning films from competition categories including documentary, animation, drama, comedy, and music video. This screening will include a Q&A with select winning CineYouth filmmakers.

90 minutes

Claustrophobia Claustrophobia

Hong Kong
Director: Ivy Ho

Five coworkers cram into one car for their shared ride home. The tension churning through this tight space instantly intimates the clandestine office romances Claustrophobia will explore. Cleverly piecing together fragments of these often ambiguous relationships, this urbane, naturalistic drama reminds us that physical proximity and intimacy are two vastly different things.

Cantonese, Mandarin with subtitles, 100 minutes

Coffin Rock Coffin Rock

Director: Rupert Glasson

A small-town love triangle turns deadly in this chilling thriller from the producer of Wolf Creek. Jess and Rob are happily married, but the stress of three long years without being able to conceive propels Jess into the arms of Evan, a young stranger whose interest in her borders on the obsessive. Already wracked with guilt, Jess will pay an even bigger price for her adultery when she finds out she's pregnant….

89 minutes

Cooking History Cooking History

Austria / Slovakia
Director: Peter Kérekes

Without the battlefield cook, there is no war—because without the cook, there is no food. Using the field kitchen as a lens through which to view the major European conflicts of the 20th century, this documentary allows the bakers, butchers, and chefs of the great European armies to recount their versions of history. Cooking History functions both as a fascinating lesson in the wartime kitchen and a pleasurable glimpse of some of its most animated characters.

Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Russian, Serbian with subtitles, 88 minutes

Cropsey Cropsey

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman

The directors, who both grew up on Staten Island, connect the urban myth of a child-snatching escaped mental patient that haunted their youth with the true stories of the kids who actually went missing in their community. This chilling horror documentary follows the filmmakers as they investigate the seedy underbelly of their borough, searching for answers only to unearth more mysteries.

84 minutes

Cuts Cuts

Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Michael Taylor Jr. strikes out in a big baseball game, but he's found a new way to prove his manhood to his father: pursuing a girl from school.

Cuts will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 5: Best of the American Black Film Festival: Information & Show Times

12 minutes

Cycle Cycle

Director: Zev Frank

Set in a society where bicycles have come to replace all other forms of power generation, the leader of an exertion-harnessing auxiliary of the municipal pedal power plant is beckoned off course into the disquieting beyond.

Cycle will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 1: Illinois[e]makers: Information & Show Times

13 minutes