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2012 — 48th Chicago Film Festival

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Dad, Lenin and Freddy Dad, Lenin and Freddy

Director: Rinio Dragasaki

1980’s Athens, Greece is brought to life in this colorful, captivating story of a nine year old girl who believes that both Vladimir Lenin and Freddy Krueger are out to get her dad.

Part of: Shorts 7: Chaos Theory

Greek with English subtitles, 20 min

An Evening with Viola Davis An Evening with Viola Davis

A powerhouse talent of stage, television, and film,
Viola Davis has deservedly been recognized as one of the most versatile and commanding actresses of our generation. From her Academy Award®-nominated performances in Doubt and The Help to her acclaimed work in Solaris, Antwone Fisher, Far From Heaven and this year’s Won't Back Down, Viola Davis has provided audiences with rich characters and nuanced performances. We are proud to present her with our Career Achievement Award, placing her alongside fellow recipients Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Sidney Poitier. Join us for this conversation with Viola Davis as we celebrate her talent and career.

AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St.
6:30 pm Red Carpet
7:00 pm Tribute and award presentation
9:00 pm Reception at Cibo Matto at theWit (201 N. State St.)

90 min

Day of the Crows Day of the Crows

Director: Jean-Christophe Dessaint

The gruff, ogre-like Pumpkin and his young son live by themselves in the forest, but their comfortable isolation is disturbed when Pumpkin takes a near-fatal fall from a great height. His son, with the help of the benevolent spirits that inhabit the forest, must venture out into civilization for the first time in search of help. Filled with charming, gorgeous animation, Day of the Crows is an utterly delightful family film.

French with subtitles, 94 min

Dear Hunters Dear Hunters

Czech Republic
Directors: David Shuck, Eric Binswanger and Zack Bornstein

Little Milos worships his family tradition of hunting but takes matters into his own hands when he's told he is too young to go. But what is the real reason he is forbidden to tag along?

Part of: Shorts 4: Not OK, Cupid!

Czech with English subtitles, 9 min

The Delay The Delay

Mexico / Uruguay
Director: Rodrigo Plá

Agustin, plagued by the physical and mental ailments of age, lives with his daughter Maria, a single mother who must now care for her father in addition to her three children. When Maria, overworked and overwhelmed, fails in her attempts to find another home for Agustin, she rashly acts out of desperation and must immediately face the consequences. Directed with flair and exquisitely photographed, The Delay is an intimate, touching family drama.

Spanish with subtitles, 84 min

Diaz: Don’t Clean up this Blood Diaz: Don’t Clean up this Blood

France / Italy / Romania
Director: Daniele Vicari

The 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, drawing an estimated 200,000 protestors from around the world, became a disaster site when the local police violently stormed the Diaz school, a temporary shelter for many of the activists. An exhilarating yet tragic tale of students, journalists, and police on the front lines, Diaz follows the journeys of several characters involved, shrewdly examining the causes and consequences of the fateful events.

Various Languages with subtitles, 120 min

Dinosaur Eggs in the Living Room Dinosaur Eggs in the Living Room

Director: Rafael Urban

An idiosyncratic portrait of an eccentric widow who looks after an impressive collection of fossils and documents, and her unexpected penchant for photoshop.

Part of: Shorts 6: Truth Be Told

Portuguese with English subtitles, 12 min

Don't Click Don't Click

South Korea
Director: Tae-kyeong Kim

When cyber junkie Jung-mi learns of a sinister new “forbidden” internet video, she’ll stop at nothing to find it. However, the morbid video has strange effects on its viewers, and soon Jung-mi and her sister seem to be under a bizarre and terrifying curse. Playing on 21st century obsessions with technology, surveillance and internet fame, Don’t Click plays like an updated version of cult Japanese horror film Ringu for the dot-com generation.

Korean with subtitles, 91 min

Dragon Dragon

Hong Kong
Director: Peter Chan

Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero

Mandarin with subtitles, 114 min

Dreams for Sale Dreams for Sale

Director: Miwa Nishikawa

The lives of married couple Kanya and Satoko are turned upside down when they lose their restaurant in a fire. Depressed and desperate, the couple concocts an unlikely confidence scheme to pay the bills: Kanya marries and swindles lonely spinsters. Successful as they are, the fraud wears on the couple, driving an even greater wedge between them.

Japanese with subtitles, 134 min

Drought Drought

Director: Everardo González

In the arid plains of northeastern Mexico, a group of communal ranchers confronts the annual drought, eking out survival as conditions force them to search far and wide for any signs of water. Following the residents of the community throughout their daily lives, the filmmakers create an inspiring portrait of human perseverance in the face of a natural environment that defies domestication in this much-praised, award-winning documentary.

Spanish with subtitles, 90 min

The Drudgery Train The Drudgery Train

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita

In this offbeat coming-of-age tale, a charming, rebellious high school dropout named Kanta befriends the kind, provincial Shoji. The two bring out the best in each other, each gaining confidence from their friendship - especially regarding pursuit of the opposite sex. The working class Kanta becomes a sort of unruly anti-hero, maintaining his pride, defiance, and self-assurance even as his prospects seem increasingly grim.

Japanese with subtitles, 113 min