CHICAGO (October 1, 2012) - Dystopian futures. Idyllic love stories. Rites of passage. Sweeping epics. The 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s Cinema of the Americas Program will once again celebrate the fresh and vibrant work of emerging and established filmmakers from South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean through fifteen films that are as diverse in style as the countries they represent.
The program will feature five North American Premieres (Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Mexico’s pick to compete in the foreign-language category for the Oscar ® After Lucia, The Cleaner, The Bella Vista, Germania, and La Playa DC) and four U.S. Premieres (Everybody’s Got Somebody…Not Me, Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica, Post Tenebras Lux, and A Secret World). Other highlights of the program include Raul Ruiz’s (Mysteries of Lisbon) final film Night Across the City; Drought, Everardo González’s documentary about life in the arid plains of northern Mexico; and Xingu, Cao Hamburger’s (The Day My Parents Went on Vacation) sweeping epic about the ongoing conflicts between modern civilization and Latin America’s indigenous people. Most screenings will feature special appearances by the filmmakers.
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012.
Cinema of the
After Lucia Mexico/France (Director: Michel Franco) - Teenager Alé (short for “Alejandra”) is mourning her mother and lonely in a new school. When a video emerges of her drunkenly having sex in a bathroom, she immediately becomes a target for the school’s popular kids. Their torments grow in intensity and cruelty, wearing down the weary Alé’s resistance. After Lucia’s intense, shocking exploration of the violent effects of bullying earned it the prestigious Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. North American Premiere
The Bella Vista Uruguay/Germany (Director:
Alicia Cano) - The Bella Vista tells the story of a onetime soccer
team’s clubhouse in
The Delay Uruguay/Mexico (Director:
Rodrigo Plá) - Agustin, plagued by the physical and mental ailments of age,
lives with his daughter Maria, a single mother who must now care for her father
in addition to her three children. When Maria, overworked and overwhelmed,
fails in her attempts to find another home for Agustin, she rashly acts out of
desperation and must immediately face the consequences. Directed with flair and
exquisitely photographed, La Demora is an intimate, touching family
Drought Mexico (Director:
Everardo González) - In the arid plains of northeastern Mexico, a group of
communal ranchers confronts the annual drought, eking out survival as conditions
force them to search far and wide for any signs of water. Following the residents
of the community throughout their daily lives, the filmmakers create an inspiring
portrait of human perseverance in the face of a natural environment that defies
domestication in this much-praised, award-winning documentary.
Everybody’s Got Somebody…Not
Night Across the
Chile/France (Director: Raúl Ruiz) - The final completed film from Raúl Ruiz (Time
Regained), one of world cinema’s most inventive, iconoclastic filmmakers, Night Across the Street follows the
ruminations of Don Celso, an elderly office worker, as he relives memories - both real and imagined - from his life. Stories hide within stories and the
thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a
marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama.
Once Upon a Time Was
Brazil (Director: Marcelo Gomes) - Just out of medical school, Veronica takes a
challenging position at a local public hospital. Full of doubts and insecurity
and reluctant to give up her sense of freedom, she finds herself questioning
her career, personal, and romantic choices. When her beloved father is
diagnosed with a life threatening illness, she must face her adult responsibilities
Post Tenebras Lux Mexico (Director:
Carlos Reygadas) - An astonishing visual tour de force from Mexican filmmaker
Reygadas (whose previous film, 2007’s Silent Light, won the Gold Hugo), this
enigmatic, elusive film presents the occurrences around a family of four. Mundane
domestic events are punctuated with tableaux of overwhelming beauty, while some
sinister force lurks outside. Filled with arresting images from one of world
cinema’s most innovative visual masters, Post Tenebras Lux is a truly sui
A Secret World Mexico (Director:
Gabriel Mariño) - A poetic, tender road movie, A Secret World follows
tormented teenager Maria as she makes her way through Mexico seeking her place
in life. The film focuses on the pleasant beauty of the landscape and the eccentric,
endearing personality of Maria as she comes into her own. Gorgeously filmed, this
lyrical coming-of-age story doubles as a wistful hymn to a young woman’s self-discovery.
Festival Ticket and Theater Info
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Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theatres, 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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