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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Gigante Gigante

Uruguay
Director: Adrián Biniez

This gentle and subtly humorous one-sided love story follows Jara, a shy, heavyset supermarket security guard whose humdrum life is turned upside down when he notices his coworker Julia on the security monitors. Jara's fascination soon moves off the video screens and into the streets, but when rumors of layoffs begin to circulate at work, Jara realizes he must make a move or risk never seeing her again.

Spanish with subtitles, 84 minutes

The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train

France
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Jeanne is a beautiful, freewheeling 22-year-old with a penchant for telling little white lies and avoiding a real job. When her flash-in-the-pan relationship with the audacious and vaguely mysterious Franck goes sour in a big way, the heartbroken girl spins a story there’s no coming back from. Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta) and Catherine Deneuve highlight the excellent ensemble cast in this sexy, complex drama about deception and its repercussions.

French with subtitles, 105 minutes

Girls on the Wall Girls on the Wall

USA
Director: Heather Ross

In this affecting documentary, the girls of the Warrenville, Illinois prison are given a chance to tell their stories in a musical based on their lives. To do this, they must reach within themselves and reflect on the life choices they have made. With unprecedented access to the juvenile prison, director Heather Ross skillfully traces these young women's attempts to reclaim their humanity and ultimately their freedom.

61 minutes

Give Me Your Hand Give Me Your Hand

France
Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent

The journey is more important than the destination in this beautifully meditative film. Twin brothers—one gay, one straight—travel to the funeral of a mother they never met, equipped with only their rucksacks. Theirs is a close if combative relationship, but it is threatened by sexual entanglements and betrayal as they progress through the European countryside.

French with subtitles, 80 minutes

Good Advice Good Advice

Sweden
Director: Andreas Tibblin

Tired of his parents never listening to him, 10-year-old Rasmus decides to run away from home. But before leaving, he records a cassette tape for his yet-to-be-born new brother with advice on how to handle life.

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

Swedish with English Subtitles, 15 minutes

Good People Good People

USA
Director: Alex LeMay

On her way to work one morning, Amy comes across a suicide note. Determined to do what is "right," she attempts to find the note's mysterious author.

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

25 minutes

Green Waters Green Waters

Argentina
Director: Mariano de Rosa

Juan can't wait to start his family holiday at the beach, but a deep reserve of paternal paranoia is tapped when his teenage daughter meets leather-jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding Roberto at a gas station on the way. Roberto resurfaces at the beach, and soon Juan's whole family is smitten by his charms. Subtle suspense—often hidden by sun-bright visuals and comedy—builds to a stunning climax in this offbeat debut.

Spanish with subtitles, 89 minutes