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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Rabies Rabies

Directors: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

Take the classic horror movie formula - hot girls lost in the woods, marauding homicidal maniacs, and gallons of blood and gore. Add some dark humor, sharp, witty dialogue, and unexpected twists and voilá, you get Rabies, Israel’s critically acclaimed first foray into the slasher genre. Sophisticated enough to appeal to a broad audience but with sufficient splatter to satisfy the hardcore genre fan, Rabies is an exhilarating and highly enjoyable viewing experience.

Hebrew with subtitles, 90 min

The Renter The Renter

Director: Jason Carpenter

A young boy is dropped off at an elderly woman’s home for the day. Her house sits amongst fields of weeds and rotting pears, and a lone tenant adds to the unsettling atmosphere. The savage slaughter of a chicken makes this daycare a harsh and confusing world for the boy, who learns caring can be shown in unexpected ways. A multi-award winning short with a unique, visceral look and feel.

10 min

The Return of Joe Rich The Return of Joe Rich

Director: Sam Auster

He lost his job, his wife and his home, but not his sense of honor. When Joe (Sam Witwer)  returns to Chicago he looks up his aging but still dangerous, Uncle Dom (Armand Assante) in the hopes of getting “connected” and living the life of a made man. When Uncle Dom resists, Joe makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

95 min

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China / Taiwan
Director: Yung-Shing Teng

After working for two years at a failed clothing enterprise, migrant worker Cao Li returns to Shanghai to try her hand again. Reconnecting with hometown friends Guo and Jiuzi, she gets drawn into a scheme, illegally chartering a bus to take fellow Fuyang natives home for the New Year holiday. Cao Li, unsure herself of whether or not she herself will return home, has her own misgivings about their scam, in this intimate, rarely seen portrait of a migrant culture.

Mandarin with subtitles, 88 min

An Evening with David Robinson An Evening with David Robinson

David Robinson, director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, will be presenting a compilation of exceptional silent films from past editions of the festival. A film critic and scholar, Robinson is best known for the book Chaplin: His Life and Times, a primary source for Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin starring Robert Downey, Jr., and is considered the leading authority on the life and career of the legendary filmmaker and comedian. Celebrated every October in the Italian town of Pordenone, the festival features all types of silent films, often accompanied by original scores from some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras and composers.

90 min

Romeos Romeos

Director: Sabine Bernardi

Lukas, a female-to-male transgendered youth undergoing hormone replacement therapy, travels to Cologne for his compulsory civil service. There he meets the attractive Fabio, who embodies all Lukas wants to be. But can he open up to Fabio? And what will happen to their relationship if he does? The charisma, sensitivity, and chemistry between the leads makes this unique love story a treasure to watch.

German with subtitles, 94 min

The Runaway The Runaway

Director: Victor Carrey

Chewing gum. A dog leash. An Australia shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light...each of these elements has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot. A brilliantly inventive, daring short which completely subverts its own set-up.

Spanish, with subtitles, 11 min