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2012 — 48th Chicago Film Festival

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Edmond Was A Donkey Edmond Was A Donkey

Canada / France
Director: Franck Dion

When Edmond's co-workers give him a new set of ears, his life begins to change in this haunting, melancholy animation.

Part of: Shorts 2: Blurring the Lines

English, 14 min

Ellen is Leaving Ellen is Leaving

New Zealand
Director: Michelle Savill

In this bittersweet story, Ellen is leaving to travel the world. She just has one more thing to take care of before she leaves: finding a new girl for her boyfriend.

Part of: Shorts 4: Not OK, Cupid!

English, 15 min

Empire Builder Empire Builder

USA
Director: Kris Swanberg

When new mom Jenny inherits a cabin in Montana, she sees an opportunity to leave behind the drab routine of her stay-at-home life in Chicago. Baby in tow, she embraces a life of independence while she waits for her husband to join her. Her idyllic life takes an unsettling turn when she begins a relationship with a local handyman in this subtle, beautiful film from actor-filmmaker Kris Swanberg.

English, 70 min

Everybody's Got Somebody…Not Me Everybody's Got Somebody…Not Me

Mexico
Director: Raúl Fuentes

Alejandra and Maria make an unlikely couple, to say the least. Alejandra is a painfully shy middle-aged intellectual, while Maria is a loud, outgoing teenager attending a private high school. This stylish film explores the joys, complexities, and limitations of love between two very different people.

Spanish with subtitles, 100 min

The Exam The Exam

Hungary
Director: Peter Bergendy

In late 1950’s Hungary, Andras supervises a network of civilians spying on their neighbors and coworkers. But little does he know that the government is monitoring him as well. His superiors have chosen Christmas Eve to implement “the exam”, an obscure procedure designed to challenge an agent’s loyalty without his or her knowledge. Nothing can be taken for granted in this world of intense secrecy and perpetual surveillance.

Hungarian with subtitles, 89 min