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Chicago International Film Festival Takes "Flight" With Closing Night Film

CHICAGO, IL (September 20, 2012) The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the selection of Flight, Chicagoan Robert Zemeckis’ return to live action movies, as the Festival’s Closing Night Film. Flight will screen on October 25 at 7 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). Zemeckis will walk the red carpet at this Chicago Premiere.


“This year’s Festival is particularly robust with the work of talented Chicagoans, and I can think of no better way to conclude this year’s Festival than with Robert Zemeckis’ latest film,” said Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “Mr. Zemeckis is one of American cinema’s master storytellers and in Flight he has assembled an impressive cast led by an Oscar®-worthy performance from Denzel Washington.”


In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award®-winner Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo and John Goodman also star.


ROBERT ZEMECKIS won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of American Award for Best Director for the hugely successful Forrest Gump.  Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed Back to the Future, which was the top-grossing release of 1985, and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay.  He then went on to helm Back to the Future, Parts II and III, completing one of the most successful film franchises ever. He also wrote and directed the box office smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, cleverly blending live action and animation. In 2004, Zemeckis produced and directed the motion capture film The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks, followed by his second motion capture project Beowulf in 2007 and A Christmas Carol in 2009.


The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012.


Festival Passes, Ticket and Theater Info
Film only tickets for Closing Night are $25; for film and reception, $75 and can be purchased at the Festival Store:


A variety of Festival Passes are on sale now. Pass options include:

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.
Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members

Passes can be obtained by visiting
or by calling 312.683.0121. Moviegoer and Passport Passes are not valid for Special Presentations, Gala Presentations, Tributes, Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night. Passes must be picked up and redeemed in person at a Festival box office.


Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale starting September 24th and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).


Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites;

Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano - Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM,, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.


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About Cinema/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 Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.


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