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2012 — 48th Chicago Film Festival

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A Conversation with Philip Kaufman A Conversation with Philip Kaufman

One of the most celebrated (and versatile) directors
working today, Philip Kaufman’s work includes such wide-ranging masterpieces as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (as well as an original story credit for Raiders of the Lost Ark). Following a screening of his 1974 tale of Arctic survival The White Dawn, Annette Insdorf, Director of Film Studies at Columbia University and author of Philip Kaufman, will lead a Q+A with Kaufman followed by a book-signing.

170 min

Keep the Lights On Keep the Lights On

USA
Director: Ira Sachs

A one-night stand between Erik and Paul quickly grows into something more. However, the two men’s drastically different attitudes towards work, life, and intimacy, along with Paul’s struggles with addiction, soon chip away at their chances of happiness. This sensitive, subtle account of an intense, nine-year on-off relationship tenderly reminds us that love is not always enough.

English, 102 min

Kern Kern

Austria
Director: Severin Fiala

Outrageous, funny, contentious, and talented, prolific Austrian actor and filmmaker Peter Kern is a sheer force of personality. Though Franz and Fiala set out to create a straightforward portrait of the aging artist, the mercurial Kern berates the filmmakers (and anyone else within earshot) every step of the way, and can’t help but assert his own sensibilities onto a film in which he is ostensibly the subject.

German with subtitles, 98 min

King Curling King Curling

Norway
Director: Ole Endresen

King Curling is a rollicking, boisterous comedy about the high-stakes world of curling, that most glorious of broom-based ice sports. After breaking under the intense pressure of championship competition, former star Truls Paulsen has fallen far from his former exalted station, battling OCD and a reliance on pills. When he learns that his former coach is in the hospital and in desperate need of an expensive operation, Truls gets himself together for one more, potentially lucrative competition.

Norwegian with subtitles, 75 min

Kuma Kuma

Austria
Director: Umut Dag

Under the auspices of a more age-appropriate marriage to his handsome son, a stately Viennese patriarch brings Ayse, a pretty teenaged girl from the Turkish countryside, to live with him as a second wife. A special friendship develops between Ayse and Fatma, the first wife who is suffering from cancer and appreciates both the help and the companionship. Soon, however, an unexpected twist of fate puts this relationship to the test.

Turkish and German with subtitles, 93 min