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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home Jeff, Who Lives at Home

USA
Director: Mark Duplass

On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life... and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.

84 min

The Jewel The Jewel

Italy
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Deception, betrayal, and sleight of hand lie at the heart of this gripping drama of corporate intrigue. When multi-nationals threaten the existence of a family-owned dairy business, the company patriarch and his loyal financial advisor must find a way, any way, to keep the company going. Desperate times beget desperate measures and unsavory consequences.

Italian with subtitles, 110 min

Joint Body Joint Body

USA
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Noir infused characters, with plenty to be paranoid about, are thrown together in a desperate situation when recent parolee Nick Burke (Mark Pellegrino) comes to the aid of Michelle (Alicia Witt), an exotic dancer living in a mysterious self-imposed exile in downstate Illinois. When they’re forced to team up and go on the lam, the two wonder whether they can even trust each other.

88 min

Juan of the Dead Juan of the Dead

Cuba
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Juan is a lovable loser content to loaf around the streets of Havana wisecracking, womanizing, and wiling away the days with a motley crew of fellow drifters. But when what seems at first to be dissident rumblings in the city turns into a full-on flesh-eating zombie onslaught, Juan and his gang go into business as “Juan of the Dead”

Spanish with subtitles, 92 min

Just That Sort of a Day Just That Sort of a Day

India
Director: Abhay Kumar

Glimpses into the lives of seemingly unconnected characters, and their doubts, quirks and misgivings. As these characters hang in a timeless space- they gaze at the universe through letters, galaxies, parapets, and fishbowls. Randomness, existence and the order, or disorder of things, is explored in this beautiful, unusual hybrid animation.

14 min