A demanding customer’s request for A Perfect Manhattan brings a bartender to the breaking point.
Abandoned as a child, Amy is caught between two worlds when she leaves her adoptive French family for her birthplace, Burkina Faso. Faced with a foreign language and an inscrutable aunt, she searches for her birth mother, revealing a deeper desire for belonging. This remarkable debut illuminates the surprising relation between dissolving national borders and dissolving families.
French with subtitles, 82 min.
The wayward son of a prosperous Jewish clan, Reuben spins discs at a club and sells drugs on the side, telling himself that it’s only until he makes it as a big-time DJ. But a visit from his Orthodox cousin and the looming consequences of his recklessness cause him to question the life he’s chosen. Filmed and set entirely in Chicago, could this be the Windy City’s own Mean Streets?
As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused
German with subtitles, 85 min.
Chicago favorite Bertrand Tavernier (’Round Midnight) directs this lush, unsentimental take on the historical romance, which takes a clear-eyed look at the intersection of passion and power in 16th-century France. Young, beautiful aristocrat Marie favors war hero Henri, but she’s married off to the Prince of Montpensier for political reasons. Once at court, she inspires love, violence, and thirst for power in the men around her as civil war tears the country apart.
French with subtitles, 139 min.
More than 70 years after the Nazis burned books in Berlin’s Bebelplatz Square, 112 influential people from 56 countries (including Willem Dafoe, Bianca Jagger, and Wim Wenders) gathered there for a momentous nine-hour discussion about where humanity’s been and where it’s going. Personal and passionate answers to 100 public-submitted questions were captured with hundreds of cameras and astoundingly edited with a potent collage of archival footage from our collective history. This visceral, mind-blowing film is required viewing.
In English, 95 min.