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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Machete Language Machete Language

Director: Kyzza Terrazas

It’s one thing to talk, or even sing, about revolution. It’s another to take one up. Ray and Ramona are not blind to the corruption and injustice that engulf the less fortunate in their country. Ramona finds an outlet in her music, but Ray struggles to find a cause

Spanish with subtitles, 85 min

Madame X Madame X

Director: Lucky Kuswandi

In this Indonesian-styled Priscilla Queen of the Desert, our transsexual superhero goes up against Mr. Storm, The National Morality Front, and his deadly burqa-clad wives. A dark wit pervades this daring, camp-filled first feature from director Lucky Kuswandi.

Indonesian with subtitles, 100 min

Man Without a Cell Phone Man Without a Cell Phone

Israel / Palestine
Director: Sameh Zoabi

A young Arab Israeli finds his political voice in this genial comedy about Israel-Palestine tensions. Jawat loves to endlessly call girls on his cell phone, even though his heart belongs to another. His father, Saleh, is causing a ruckus over a newly constructed cell phone tower near his olive grove, going so far as to attempt its destruction. When Jawat’s calls to the West Bank draw the attention of Israeli authorities, the young slacker finally takes a stand.

Arabic with subtitles, 83 min

Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha Marcy May Marlene

Director: Sean Durkin

Elizabeth Olsen stars as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha’s reality and delusion begins to blur.

120 min

Mausam (Seasons of Love) Mausam (Seasons of Love)

Director: Pankaj Kapoor

Join us on the red carpet as we celebrate the launch of the Spotlight South Asia program, presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with a Gala Presentation of the highly anticipated Bollywood feature Mausam (Seasons of Love). Renowned Indian actor Pankaj Kapoor makes his directorial debut with this Bollywood-style love story between Kashmiri refugee Aayat and Punjabi Air Force officer Harry. Spanning a full decade and two continents, we follow their relationship through four distinct seasons, each representing a different stage in their lives. A passionate and sweeping romantic epic full of exuberant musical numbers, Mausam brings to life an unforgettable journey of sacrifice, separation, and love.

Hindi with subtitles, 160 min

Meathead Meathead

New Zealand
Director: Sam Holst

Michael is a seventeen year-old kid who gets a job at the local meat works. The place is challenging and his fellow workers aren’t exactly welcoming of new blood. It soon becomes clear that this day isn’t going to be about just trying to fit in. His biggest concern will be getting out alive. With outstanding cinematography and sound design and filmed in a real, functional abattoir, it is no surprise that Meat Head was chosen for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

11 min

Melancholia Melancholia

Denmark / Sweden
Director: Lars von Trier

The title of Lars von Trier's anticipated new film describes both the state of mind of newlywed Justine (Kirsten Dunst) as well as the name of the planet on a collision course to Earth. Featuring standout performances by an all-star cast featuring Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard, and John Hurt, Melancholia is a hauntingly beautiful, dreamlike and eerie portrait of a family confronting the prelude to the end of the world.

125 min

Method Method

Directors: Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong

When an actress lands the role of her dreams, she takes her preparation seriously. A little too seriously. Pretty Woman fans will love this witty parody of the industry.

9 min

Michael Michael

Director: Markus Schleinzer

While troubling to use subtle and pedophilia in the same sentence, there’s no better way to describe this matter-of-fact story of a man who keeps a young boy locked in his basement. The horrors of unseen sexual abuse merge with the banal cues of modern domestic life as this understated film carefully plots its twists and turns. The film forgoes explicit visuals in exchange for an ending that you won’t forget.

German with subtitles, 96 min

Minute 200 Minute 200

Director: Frank Benitez

An elderly woman who lives alone resigns herself to waiting for death, convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has sold the last minute of a cellphone airtime. A gentle, tender rendering of the twilight years.

Spanish, with subtitles, 19 min

Miss Bala Miss Bala


Equal doses of unrelenting action, beauty queen fantasy, and social disquiet rule this detached tale of drug trafficking in Baja California, inspired by a true story. On her way to compete in her first beauty pageant, Laura is swept up in a gangland slaying and suddenly finds herself forced to work as a mule in order to save her own life.

Spanish with subtitles, 113 min

The Mole The Mole

Director: Rafael Lewandowski

Pawel and his father Zygmunt make a living importing second hand clothing from France to Poland. When Zygmunt is suddenly and publicly accused of being a past Communist informant, he flees the country leaving the stubbornly apolitical Pawel to pick up the pieces and face the pervading legacy of Poland's troubled past. With strong performances and sympathetic characters, The Mole candidly explores how the weight of history affects a son's love for his family and his motherland.

Polish, French with subtitles, 108 min

My Best Enemy My Best Enemy

Austria / Luxembourg
Director: Wolfgang Murnberger

Deception and irony fuel this World War II-set comedy. Victor Kauffman, the son of a wealthy Jewish gallery owner, and Rudi are lifelong friends. When Rudi returns to Vienna from Germany as an S.S. officer in the Third Reich, the Kaufmanns don't just have their own safety to worry about. A rare, long lost Michelangelo drawing the family has secretly held for centuries has become the most desired object of Adolf Hitler, and a comedy of errors ensues as the two old friends find themselves trying to outwit the other in a race to track down the work of art.

German with subtitles, 106 min

My Week with Marilyn My Week with Marilyn

Director: Simon Curtis

In the early summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. The film famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott). When Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life.

100 min