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WHAT:   The 47th Chicago International Film Festival announces the addition of two highly anticipated movies to their Special Presentations program: The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s first film in seven years since the Academy Award®-winning Sideways, and Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith (She’s Out of My League) starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman.

The Descendants USA (Director: Alexander Payne)-- Set in Hawaii and starring George Clooney, The Descendant follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads. Matt King, a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters--10 year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley)--while wrestling with a decision to sell his family’s land. When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. Chicago Premiere.

Butter USA (Director: Jim Field Smith)-- A tale of competition at its most cutthroat, Butter surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage --and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator--then so be it. Chicago Premiere.

WHERE:            AMC River East 21 Theatre (322 East Illinois Street 

WHEN:             The Descendants:         Tuesday, October 18th, 8:45 p.m.

Butter:                          Wednesday, October 19th, 8:00 p.m., as part of the Best of the Festival program, presented by DePaul University’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media


Tickets for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. Opening Night tickets and festival passes may be purchased on the Festival website. All individual tickets must be purchased by phone 312-332-FILM (3456), in person by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), or through Ticketmaster. 


Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners-- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners-- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners-- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners-- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Louise, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.  


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program. 

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