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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Lars and Peter Lars and Peter

Denmark
Director: Daniel Borgman

After witnessing his dad's drunken argument with next door neighbor Alma, Lars' already strained relationship with his father goes from bad to worse.

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

Danish with English Subtitles, 15 minutes

The Last Days of Emma Blank The Last Days of Emma Blank

Netherlands
Director:

The Dutch master of madcap misanthropy returns to the Festival with a precise, pitch-black comedy set in the country home of terminally ill Emma Blank. Her domestic servants have long submitted to her venomous attitude and irrational whims with an eye on an inheritance (van Warmerdam himself plays a character ordered to serve as the family dog… see it to believe it), but slowly the truth about this way-offbeat household is revealed.

Dutch with subtitles, 89 minutes

Little Moscow Little Moscow

Poland
Director: Waldemar Krystek

In the late 1960s, the military moves Russian pilot Yuri and his beautiful wife Vera to the town of Legnica, headquarters for the Soviet Army in Poland. While fraternizing between the Russian occupiers and local Poles is strictly controlled, Vera's enchanting performance in a singing contest ignites a deep passion in Polish lieutenant Michal and the two must choose between loyalty and love. Seeking truth and redemption in the past, Yuri and his daughter return to Legnica 30 years later.

Polish with subtitles, 114 minutes

Logorama Logorama

France
Directors: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain

In a world where company logos have come to life—and the earth, galaxy, and universe have become part of the corporate machine—Esso Girl and Big Boy try to escape the wrath of Ronald McDonald.

Logorama will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times

16 minutes

The Long Night The Long Night

Syria
Director: Hatem Ali

This bold first feature tells the story of three men suddenly released after 20 years of imprisonment for political acts of conscience. When word of their freedom and imminent arrival reaches their families, old wounds are opened. What happens when duty to country conflicts with duty to family? Winner of the top prize at the Taormina Film Festival.

Arabic with subtitles, 93 minutes

Looking for Eric Looking for Eric

France / UK
Director: Ken Loach

Estranged from his first wife, abandoned by his second, and plagued by a pair of rebellious teenage stepsons, depressed postman Eric Bishop seeks solace in his devotion to the Manchester United football team. When advice-bearing former star Eric Cantona magically materializes in his bedroom one night, Bishop realizes he must begin putting his life back together. Lauded director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) directs this gentle, whimsical comedy.

116 minutes

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

USA
Director: Jodie Markell

How often do you hear about "the new Tennessee Williams film"? That's just what you get in this long-unproduced Southern Gothic tale Williams penned for director Elia Kazan in the '50s. Bryce Dallas Howard stars alongside Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret as a free-spirited young heiress who falls for a handsome but humble guy in this 1920s-set story of jealousy, status, and good old-fashioned backstabbery.

102 minutes

Lost Times Lost Times

Hungary
Director: Áron Mátyássy

A car mechanic who moonlights as a smuggler, Iván Priskin finds himself wanting to chase his dreams but remaining rooted by his sense of obligation. Iván’s autistic sister Eszter depends on him for survival, motivating him to strive for more while at the same time confining him to a countryside largely devoid of both hope and opportunity. When a tragedy befalls Eszter, Iván must renegotiate the relationship between his own self-interest and his love for his sister.

Hungarian with subtitles, 90 minutes

Love & Savagery Love & Savagery

Canada / Ireland
Director: John N. Smith

A sleepy town along Ireland's magnificent rocky western coast plays host to a lyrical tale of forbidden love between Michael and Cathleen, a passionate geologist/poet from Newfoundland and the lovely, gentle waitress at the local pub. Undeterred by the many enemies he amasses for wooing Cathleen, Michael forces her to confront foreign feelings and question the path she chose long ago.

96 minutes

Lovely, Still Lovely, Still

USA
Director: Nicholas Fackler

Christmas brings elderly Robert Malone (Oscar® winner Martin Landau) an unexpected present: love. One evening when Robert returns to his lonely home, he finds a stranger (Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn) in his living room. She’s his new neighbor, and it isn’t long before a romance begins to blossom. Robert’s on cloud nine—his only worry is whether his health can keep up with his heart.

90 minutes