When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara
Nader T. Homayoun
Ibrahim scrapes by as a beggar on the streets of Tehran with a baby under his arm and the sorrow of his wife’s death on his lips. But not everything is what it seems: the baby is a mere prop, rented from a local gang lord. When the child is kidnapped and Ibrahim is unable to pay back the bloodthirsty owner, he must go to extreme lengths just to save his own skin in this gritty street drama.
Farsi with subtitles, 95 min.
In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller The Tempest, Oscar®
This charming love story establishes an agreeable rhythm all its own as it chronicles the romantic misadventures of two Venetians in a series of elegant vignettes. From their first chance meeting on a riverboat, Camilla and Silvestro find their lives inextricably linked as they find and lose each other over a period of 10 years. As time passes, Ten Winters journeys from Venice to Moscow and back without losing sight of the delicate, mysterious inner workings of the heart.
Italian, Russian with subtitles, 99 min.
It’s time for some of that serious funky soul, ya dig? This electrifying, award-winning documentary celebrates the power of music and African American culture in the ’70s through the story of an inner-city high school funk band that rose to worldwide prominence on the back of one charismatic, life-changing teacher. Now the band’s getting back together to honor their beloved 92-year-old mentor, but can they still bring the funk after 35 years?
After 18 years in the U.S., a suburban Chicago family is torn apart by deportation orders. With Janina and 6-year-old Brian trapped in Poland, Tony channels his fury into a years-long crusade to bring his family home and fix the broken U.S. immigration system. His trajectory crosses with Chicago’s political heavyweights, including a rising-star senator named Barack Obama, in this emotionally urgent, galvanizing documentary.
English, Polish with subtitles, 81 min.
Niki Lindroth Von Bahr
Two young men named Tord spend some quality time together in the whimsical Tord and Tord.
Swedish with subtitles, 10 min.
When a truck driver dies suddenly near his home in rural Australia, his grief-stricken wife Dawn (award winner Charlotte Gainsbourg) struggles with her overwhelming grief, while 8-year-old Simone takes solace in the belief that her father’s spirit has taken refuge in the enormous, enchanting tree that shelters the family house. But when Dawn enters a relationship with another man, the tree’s ominously spreading roots begin to upend the foundations of home and family.
After carefree teenager Anna’s life is shattered by an online sexual predator, her parents (Clive Owen, Catherine Keener) struggle to help her pick up the pieces. As anger and disbelief drive her father’s desire for revenge, Anna is left to contend with her feelings of guilt and shame. Commanding performances by an ensemble cast drive this fiercely honest look at the devastating aftermath of rape. Directed by honorary Chicagoan David Schwimmer and based on the acclaimed Lookingglass Theatre production.
eone else. A chance encounter between Paul’s wife and Raluca ignites suspicions and recriminations, and the incendiary secret is inexorably drawn into the spotlight. Unfolding in exquisitely observed detail, Tuesday, After Christmas continues the tradition of taut, subtle drama that has become the hallmark of contemporary Romanian cinema.
Romanian with subtitles, 100 min.
An intuitive chronicle of one woman’s physical and emotional journey, Twice a Woman follows Catherine as she makes the near-impossible decision to leave her violent husband, taking their sensitive teenage son and fleeing to northern Quebec. With the help of a support group, she and her son struggle to reinvent themselves from whole cloth, adopting new identities and wiping the past clean. But the raw wounds they bear are not so easily salved.
French with subtitles, 94 min.
Jack C. Newell
Two blocked screenwriters find inspiration in the sound of a typewriter from an adjoining office in Typing.