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2013 — 49th Chicago Film Festival

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The Captain The Captain

Directors: Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser

A man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of his previous night’s actions.

Part of Shorts 7: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

English, 6

Chasing Fireflies Chasing Fireflies

Director: Roberto Flores Prieto

Manrique’s lonely existence watching over an abandoned salt mine in the remote Colombian Caribbean suits him just fine. Content in his isolation, with a dog that spends its nights chasing fireflies as his sole companion, his world is upended when his teenage daughter Valeria shows up as if out of nowhere. As the days pass, Valeria’s determined but cheerful presence forces Manrique out of his routine in this beautiful, understated story about family, love, and the small joys of life.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 100

Cheap Thrills Cheap Thrills

Director: E.L. Katz

When down-on-their-luck buddies Craig and Vince are propositioned by insouciant wealthy couple Colin and Violet to perform increasingly risky dares, the cash strapped duo agrees. Craig and Vince soon find themselves in the strangers’ living room, progressively degrading and debasing themselves and each other as the stakes get higher and higher. This twisted, darkly funny game of cat and mouse was the winner of the 2013 SXSW Audience Choice Award.


Chopper Chopper

Directors: Frederik Palmaers and Lars Damoiseaux

A frog eats a grasshopper, a stork eats the frog, a crocodile eats the stork… and so it goes, on and on.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

Dutch, 3

CineYouth: Best of the Fest CineYouth: Best of the Fest

Cinema/Chicago’s yearly CineYouth Festival celebrates the work of youths 21 years old and younger, highlighting the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Best Of The Fest showcases the winning films from the 2013 CineYouth Festival. This screening will include a Q&A with winning CineYouth filmmakers.


Closed Curtain Closed Curtain

Director: Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi

Filmed in secret in defiance of director Jafar Panahi’s 20-year filmmaking ban, Closed Curtain tells the story of a writer whose plans of working in seclusion are disrupted when strangers break into his home. Just as the situation between the mysterious, inquisitive visitors and the paranoid writer reaches its apparent resolution, the film takes a step back with a surreal blend of fiction and autobiographical documentary, as Panahi himself finds the fiction film bleeding into his everyday life.

Farsi with English subtitles, 106

Cochemare Cochemare

Directors: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski

An astonishing blend of animation, live-action, and 3D effects, we travel from the mystical Forest of Storms to an International Space Station.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem


Collectors Collectors

Director: Marcel Hobi

The passions and pitfalls of materialism are explored.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division


Comrade President Comrade President

Director: Mosco Kamwendo

An inspiring portrait of Mozambique’s founding president, Comrade President traces the life and legacy of revolutionary leader Samora Moisés Machel. At the forefront of a popular uprising, Machel helped establish a fledgling government and continued fighting for justice until his suspicious death in 1986. With candid interviews from those who knew Machel best - including his opponents - this documentary examines the indelible legacy of a revolutionary hero.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 90

Contracted Contracted

Director: Eric England

When gorgeous lesbian Samantha has a drunken one night stand with a strange man, she contracts what she thinks is a sexually-transmitted disease. But the truth is far more disturbing. As her horrific condition worsens, her friends begin to fear for her… and themselves. A gory body-horror film in the vein of David Cronenberg, Contracted provides truly gut-wrenching, visceral terror.


The Curse The Curse

Morocco / UK
Director: Fyzal Boulifa

When a small boy catches her with her lover, Fatine must pay a terrible price.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

Arabic, 16