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SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
Each year, we scour the globe to find new, unconventional voices in film and bring them to Chicago. Nothing quite compares to the electrifying sense of discovery you get when seeing something fresh and exciting for the first time. And you even get the chance to meet some of the artists who helped create those experiences. Stars like Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Martin Landau, and Patrice Chéreau were on hand last year for the premieres of their latest films. Who knows what famous faces you’ll see this year?
By getting your passes to the 46th Chicago International Film Festival right now, you can save a bundle and be first in line to experience the cinematic riches of the world.
Here’s a little taste of what’s to come in October. From the top films at Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance to eye-opening documentaries and cutting-edge short films—even a 3-D extravaganza from Japan—don’t miss out on your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these films in all their brilliance on the big screen!
Michael Kutza | Founder and Artistic Director
All screenings take place at: AMC RIVER EAST 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
SNEAK PREVIEW FILMS:
UK | Director: Stephen Frears
When former ugly duckling Tamara Drewe sashays back into her hometown, life for her neighbors is thrown upside down. Now a devastating beauty, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book: sex appeal.
BIG TITS ZOMBIE
Japan | Director: Takao Nakano
A raucous crowd-pleaser that is definitely not for the whole family, this 3-D spectacle pits brassy strippers against a mob of the undead, which the ladies unwittingly revive by reading aloud from an ancient tome.Japanese with subtitles.
BROTHER & SISTER
Argentina | Director: Daniel Burman
Acclaimed director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) helms this graceful portrait of two idiosyncratic siblings who, after their elderly mother’s death, find themselves forced to confront the fissures in their relationship, with amusing and touching results. Spanish with subtitles.
Italy | Director: Silvio Soldini
By turns sexy and thought provoking, this realistic exploration of infidelity follows two people who fall into an extramarital affair almost by accident, at great risk to their own inner peace. Italian with subtitles.
GO FOR IT!
USA | Director: Carmen Marron
In this coming-of-age tale from Chicago filmmakers, feisty teen Carmen faces the prospect of leaving her urban community when a teacher challenges her to use her talent and passion for dancing as a ticket to a brighter future.
South Korea | Director: Im Sang-soo
Im Sang-soo reimagines a classic of Korean cinema with this erotic thriller centering on the illicit affair between a wealthy, married pianist and his housekeeper. The resulting pregnancy ignites a powder keg of scheming and intrigue. Korean with subtitles.
THE LAST REPORT ON ANNA
Hungary | Director: Márta Mészáros
Behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary, the secret police task a critic-turned-informant with convincing Anna Kéthly, a fiery exiled politician, to return to her homeland to face her accusers. From venerable, award-winning auteur Márta Mészáros. Hungarian with subtitles.
Mexico | Director: Michael Rowe
Laura leads a meager life in her dingy apartment, doing little more than searching for the latest in a string of emotionless one night stands. Her routine changes when grim, intense Arturo enters her life. Spanish with subtitles.
LOUDER THAN A BOMB
USA | Director: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
Who ever said poetry was boring? In this award-winning documentary, four supremely talented Chicago high school poetry teams harness the ecstatic power of words as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth poetry slam.
USA | Director: Qasim Basir
Pulled between his strict Muslim upbringing and the normal social life he’s never had, Tariq enters college questioning his faith, values, and identity. He searches for answers with the help of friends and mentors, but the sudden cataclysm of 9/11 changes everything.
Ukraine/Germany | Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Russia’s open road is the setting for this striking, noirish directorial debut, in which a truck driver contends with the dangers of trackless back roads and hostile locals during what should be a routine delivery. Russian with subtitles.
THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER
France | Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Chicago favorite Bertrand Tavernier (’Round Midnight) directs this lush, unsentimental take on the historical romance. A young, beautiful noblewoman in 16th-century France inspires passion, violence, and power struggles among the men around her as civil war tears the country apart. French with subtitles.
Germany | Director: Dennis Todorovic
Sasha harbors a crush on his piano teacher Gebhard, but he struggles with coming out to his conservative family. When Gebhard’s impending departure abroad forces Sasha to act, they both face dire consequences.German, Serbian, Croatian with subtitles.
A SCREAMING MAN
Chad/France | Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Civil war rages in Chad, but pool attendant Adam cares only for his job and his son. When he loses his job, Adam finds himself contemplating a shocking act of betrayal in this Cannes Jury Prize–winner. Arabic, French with subtitles.
USA | Director: David Schwimmer
After carefree teenager Anna has her life shattered by an online sexual predator, her parents (Clive Owen, Catherine Keener) must find a way to cope with their own grief and anger while helping Anna to pick up the pieces. Chicago’s own David Schwimmer directs this powerful tale of familial devastation.
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
Thailand | Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Winner of the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this visionary yet playful film is an enchanting blend of heady spiritual imagery and tender human drama that confronts the largest of questions—what happens to us after we die? Thai, French with subtitles.
UK/Brazil | Director: Lucy Walker
One of the most inspiring and award-winning docs of the year follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz deep into the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio as he transforms the lives of its residents through a large-scale art project. English, Portuguese with subtitles.
Highlights of this year’s program include animated shorts A FAMILY PORTRAIT and A LOST AND FOUND BOX OF HUMAN SENSATION (featuring the voice of Joseph Fiennes), as well as multiple-award-winning documentary WHITE LINES AND THE FEVER: THE DEATH OF DJ JUNEBUG.
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Moviegoer and Passport Passes are not valid for Gala Presentations, Opening Night, or Closing Night.,All programs are subject to change. Festival films are not rated and may contain mature content. Audience discretion is advised.