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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Daniel & Ana Daniel & Ana

Director: Michel Franco

Affluent and well-loved with bright futures, Daniel and Ana Torres have it all. But when the siblings are kidnapped on the streets of Mexico City, the two are given a heinous ultimatum that will change the rest of their lives. Deftly directed by Michel Franco, Daniel & Ana created a buzz at Cannes for its unsentimental handling of the story of two young lives utterly shattered.

Spanish with subtitles, 90 minutes

Dear Doctor Dear Doctor

Director: Miwa Nishikawa

Lies told in the name of love and compassion are the focus of this beautiful psychological drama about a country doctor whose good intentions outstrip his honesty. Universally beloved by his community for his kindness and diligence, he abruptly leaves town one day, throwing it into turmoil. Astonishing secrets about his background soon surface, and the villagers must come to terms with this new knowledge of the man they so admire.

Japanese with subtitles, 127 minutes

Don't Let Me Drown Don't Let Me Drown

Director: Cruz Angeles

Two Brooklyn teens search for solace in a city brimming with hatred and trepidation in this comical and touching coming-of-age drama. A month after 9/11, Lalo and Stefanie meet at a birthday party. Lalo's father cleans up at Ground Zero, where Stefanie lost her sister in the attacks. As their friendship blossoms into a romance, they're forced to keep each other hidden from their families, each struggling with still-fresh wounds.

105 minutes