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FIRST-TIME DIRECTORS MAKE WAVES AT THE 47TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Chicago, IL-- Since its founding in 1965, the Chicago International Film Festival has welcomed to Chicago the new visions and generations of filmmakers from around the world. At this 47th Festival, more than 45 feature directorial debuts from 29 countries will screen, some of which will compete across categories for the Festival’s prestigious Gold Hugo award. 

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert USA (Director: Vivian Ducat)-- If there was ever a case for designating a person as a National Treasure, Winfred Rembert is that person. Though he lived through segregation and the civil rights era in the deep South, Rembert didn’t begin his life as an artist until the 1990s. Working on cured leather canvasses that are later painted, Rembert depicts a personalized form of US history that you can’t get in books or anywhere else for that matter. Chicago Premiere. Director Vivian Ducat is scheduled to attend. 

Almanya: Welcome to Germany Germany (Director Yasemin Samdereli)-- A six-year-old in Germany confronts and questions the nature of self-identity after learning of his Turkish grandfather’s journey as a guest worker in the 1960s.The discussion leads the whole family to travel to their original home in Turkey, a trip that will prove surprising in more ways than one. This delightful comedy shows that your identity is not determined by where you live or where your parents come from, but rather what you feel inside. Chicago Premiere. 

Amnesty Albania/Greece (Director: Bujar Alimani)-- An unemployed mother of two with a convict for a husband and a meddlesome father-in-law, Elsa’s life could not get any harder. When a new law coerces her into joyless conjugal visits, she unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in Septim, whose monthly visits to his wife coincide with Elsa’s. Their newfound joy, however, has an expiration date. This unconventional, pathos-filled love story probes the possibility for solace in companionship in the face of adversity and poverty. US Premiere. 

Andrew Bird: Fever Year US (Director: Xan Aranda)-- Classically trained yet utterly unconventional, musician Andrew Bird has been defying classification for 20 albums and countless live shows. And though Fever Year covers the culminating months of the artist’s last tour, it’s as much about the creative process as it is about performance. The film’s sensuous visual style is a match for the musician whose combination of voice, violin, and whistle could charm Hades himself. Chicago Premiere. Director Xan Aranda is scheduled to attend. 

Bullhead Belgium (Director: Michael Roskam)-- Jacky is a cattle farmer tied into the livestock underworld that uses illegal growth hormones to enhance their meat. Following the assassination of a local police officer investigating this illegal trade, a series of events forces Jacky to deal with a brutal incident from his past. What begins as a crime thriller, slowly unravels into an intense character-driven film that holds no punches or surprises. North American Premiere. 

Cairo 678 Egypt (Director: Mohamed Diab)--Three Egyptian women from different social backgrounds join forces to fight against their country’s tolerance toward sexual harassment. Nelly files the first sexual harassment lawsuit in the history of the country, Seba, a victim of a gang rape, teaches self-defense, and Fayza takes these self-defense lessons a step too far. An expertly crafted combination of character study, social critique, and vigilante action, Cairo 678 is one of those rare films that resonates with audiences of both genders and across cultural divides. Chicago Premiere. 

Cinema Komunisto Serbia (Director: Mira Turjalic)-- If the illusion of reality is the currency of cinema, then cinephile and former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito bought and paid for his countries thrilling and heroic (but mostly made up) history. This award-winning documentary chronicles the 40-year history of Avala studio, built by Tito to crank out well-made propaganda films in order to shape and control his country’s image in a post-war world. This veritable compendium of archival footage and clips from over 60 classic Yugoslav films includes remembrances from Tito’s personal projectionist. Chicago Premiere.  

Coriolanus UK (Director: Ralph Fiennes)-- Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’ anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. Chicago Premiere. 

Corpo Celeste Italy (Director: Alice Rohrwacher)-- Mysteries of the flesh collide with questions of the soul when Marta, her mother and younger sister move back to their native Italy. Enrolled in catechism class, Marta finds that the lessons contradict the local priest’s support of a morally ambiguous political candidate. Marta must come to terms with her conflicts over the church’s religious teachings as well as the conflicts occurring within her own changing body. Chicago Premiere. 

Corrode India (Director: Karan Gour)-- Chhaya, a woman of limited means, leads a good, decent life alongside her husband Arvind--until she becomes obsessed with a sculpture of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Chhaya will stop at nothing to bring home this statue, and soon her past weaknesses and disappointments (including a miscarriage) bubble to the surface, consuming and corroding her soul. Corrode is the latest example of an exciting new wave of independent Indian cinema. World Premiere. Director Karan Gour is scheduled to attend. 

The Destiny of Lesser Animals Ghana/USA (Director: Deron Albright)-- Nearly a decade after being deported, Ghanaian Police inspector Boniface Koomsin is still trying to get back to the U.S. But when his counterfeit passport is stolen, he mounts a false investigation into a stolen gun that takes him on a dangerous journey through contemporary Ghana. As the “investigation” continues, he will have to choose between dreams of escape and the realities of life in his homeland. Chicago Premiere. Director Deron Albright is scheduled to attend. 

Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel USA (Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland)-- A true American visionary, Diana Vreeland became the first fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in 1936 and from there proceeded to invent the concept of fashion as we now know it. A talented writer with a larger than life personality, she had an innate ability to discover designers, photographers and new ideas, often to the point of controversy. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s delightfully playful tribute uses archival footage, family photos and an animated conversation with George Plympton. Chicago Premiere. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland is scheduled to attend. 

Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman Japan (Director: Mami Sunada)-- When a recently retired Japanese businessman is diagnosed with incurable cancer, he reacts to the news with the same pragmatic approach that made him a successful salesman. In her directorial debut, Mami Sunada combines non-fiction film form with the growing trend of ―end of life journals among the elderly in Japan. By channeling her thoughts and feelings through her father’s ―ending note, Sunada abstracts the weight of a life and the pain of loss into a surprisingly hopeful and life-affirming message. North American Premiere. 

Fat, Bald, Short Man Colombia (Director: Carlos Osuna)-- With nothing going in the looks department, notary Antonio is something of a Colombian George Costanza: teased by his colleagues, unlucky with the ladies, and the doormat of all who wish to tread, most notably his gambling-addicted brother. But Antonio’s luck seems set to take a turn for the better when he gets involved with a cultish self-help group and an equally unattractive boss takes over the office. A distinctive animation style and an undeniably heart-warming story make Fat, Bald, Short Man a surefire crowd-pleaser. U.S. Premiere. 

Flying Fish Sri Lanka (Director: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara)-- The devastating consequences of civil war are set against breathtaking vistas of Sri Lanka as three separate stories are explored: a father and daughter’s relationship is tested after an encounter with a soldier leaves her pregnant, an impoverished family must find a way to manage their debt to the rebels, and a young boy discovers his widowed mother’s sexual affair. Chicago Premiere. 

George The Hedgehog Poland (irectors: Wojciech Wawszczyk, Jacub Tarkowski, Tomas Lesniak)-- This hilariously profane animated comedy follows George, a skateboarding booze guzzler with a libido to match, as he turns from randy rodent into spiky statesman, by way of some pretty far out genetic manipulation techniques. Both a bold piece of satire and a refreshing break from the animated norm, the film brims with as much irreverent energy as its prickled protagonist. Chicago Premiere. Director Jacub Tarkowski is scheduled to attend. 

Here USA (Director: Braden King)-- Cartography and passion come together in the first American film made in Armenia. Will, a satellite mapping engineer hired to map Armenia, arrives solo but soon meets Gadarine, a photographer and Armenian expatriate returning home for the first time. An unlikely pair, the two are inexplicably connected from their first encounter and together explore new terrain both literally and figuratively. With a striking visual design, this international road-movie romance premiered at this year’s Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Chicago Premiere. Director Braden King is scheduled to attend. 

The Holding UK (Director: Susan Jacobson)-- After Cassie murders her abusive husband, a manipulative neighbor tries to run her off her land. Help seems to come in the form of gruff Scotsman Aden, but Cassie soon regrets letting Aden into her life when his true nature begins to manifest itself.  Stylish direction and taut performances keep adrenaline running high in this accomplished, atmospheric gothic thriller. U.S. Premiere. 

Hotel Swooni Belgium (Director: Kaat Beels)-- What is happiness? How do we grasp it? Six characters fumble desperately as their lives intersect over the course of one day and night in Brussels’ luxurious Hotel Swooni. A couple must face the truth about their marriage, while a mother and daughter seek to repair their fractured relationship and a young African boy urgently searches for his missing father. Emotions run high in this surprising kaleidoscope of hopes and doubts, passion and betrayal, at the hotel in which no one checks out quite the same as they checked in. U.S. Premiere. Director Kaat Beels is scheduled to attend. 

Kinyarwanda USA (Director: Alrick Brown)-- A young Tutsi girl and Hutu boy fall in love, an army captain tries to stay true to her mission while keeping her humanity intact, and a priest grapples with his faith amidst unspeakable betrayals and horrors. This gorgeously shot first feature magnifies the individual lives of those who suffered and endured in this compelling, wholly original take on the Rwandan Massacre of 1994. Chicago Premiere. 

L.A. Raeven: Beyond the Image The Netherlands (Director: Lisa Boerstra)-- Lisbeth and Angelique Raeven are twin sisters who comprise the somewhat notorious video and performance duo L.A. Raeven. Their complex and strained relationship unfolds in front of Lisa Boerstra’s intimate camera while they work and live through the creation of two new performance pieces. Inter-cutting scenes from earlier work and home videos from their childhood, viewers are privy to the daily routines and conversations at the home and studio they share. North American Premiere. Lisa Boerstra is scheduled to attend. 

Land of Oblivion France (Director: Michale Boganim)-- To the citizens of Prypiat, April 26, 1986 began just like any other day. Anya (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace) and Piotr celebrate their marriage while young Valery spends time with his physicist father, oblivious to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that is irrevocably changing their lives. What follows is a lyrical, pathos-filled portrait of the next ten years of those powerless to separate themselves from the town and its defining tragedy. U.S. Premiere. 

Léa France (Director: Bruno Rolland)-- Léa, a young student from Le Havre, dreams of attending the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Sciences and being fully independent. The sole caretaker of her resentful, Alzheimers-suffering grandmother, Léa becomes a stripper in order to pay for her university studies and her grandmother’s nursing home. When things start to spiral out of control Lea discovers that easy answers can come at a hefty price. North American Premiere. Director Bruno Rolland is scheduled to attend. 

Leave it on The Floor USA (Director: Sheldon Larry)-- Sheldon Larry's delightfully energetic, bold and rather cheeky musical about the glamorous world of voguing follows the journey of one young gay African American as he finds his place in the world. After being thrown out of the house by his homophobic mother, Brad stumbles into L.A.'s competitive underground drag ball scene where he discovers a brave new world of friendship, love, and acceptance. Featuring original songs by Beyoncé’s creative director Kim Burse and dynamic choreography by Frank Gatson, Jr. Chicago Premiere. 

A Little Closer USA (Director: Matt Petock)-- This lyrical portrait of life in small town Virginia finds a single mother struggling to keep it together, working as a housekeeper and looking for love. Meanwhile, her two adolescent sons explore their own sexuality in the sweltering, stagnant days of summer. This debut family drama presents an intimate study of the emotional landscape of rural America. North American Premiere. 

Love Always, Carolyn Sweden (Directors: Malin Korkeasalo and Maria Ramström)-- Muse, mother, wife, and lover, Carolyn Cassady was the great woman behind two of the Beat Generations greatest men: Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac. As the model for Kerouac’s Dean Moriarty in On The Road, Neal was a living legend who often left Carolyn and the kids behind for grand adventures in the beatnik universe. This endearing portrait from first-time directors Maria Ramström and Malin Korkeasalo celebrates the wit, beauty, grace, and normalcy of an overlooked figure from one of American literature’s most popular moments. Chicago Premiere. 

Machete Language Mexico (Director: Kyzza Terrazas)-- It’s one thing to talk, or even sing, about revolution. It’s another to take one up. Raised in middle class families, Ray and Ramona are not blind to the corruption and injustice that engulf the less fortunate in their country. Ramona finds an outlet in her music, but Ray struggles to find a cause--until he settles on a course of action that might prove to be downright revolutionary … and lethal. Shot hand-held, Machete possesses a nervous, unsettling energy that perfectly mirrors its characters own near-frenzied search for purpose. North American Premiere. Director Kyzza Terrazas is scheduled to attend. 

Man Without a Cell Phone Israel/Palestine (Director: Sameh Zoabi)-- A young Arab Israeli finds his political voice in this genial comedy about Israel-Palestine tensions. Jawat loves to endlessly call girls on his cell phone, even though his heart belongs to another. His father Saleh is causing a ruckus over a newly constructed cell phone tower near his olive grove, going so far as to attempt its destruction. When Jawat’s calls to the West Bank draw the attention of Israeli authorities, the young slacker finally takes a stand. Chicago Premiere. 

Martha Marcy May Marlene USA (Director: Sean Durkin)-- Elizabeth Olsen stars as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur. Chicago Premiere. 

Mausam (Seasons Of Love) India (Director: Pankaj Kapur)-- Renowned Indian actor Pankaj Kapoor makes his directorial debut with this Bollywood-style love story between Kashmiri refugee Aayat and Punjabi Air Force officer Harry. Spanning a full decade and two continents, we follow their relationship through four distinct seasons, each representing a different stage in their lives. A passionate and sweeping romantic epic full of exuberant musical numbers, Mausam brings to life an unforgettable journey of sacrifice, separation, and love. US Premiere 

Michael Belgium (Director: Markus Schleinzer)-- While troubling to use subtle and pedophilia in the same sentence, there’s no better way to describe this matter-of-fact story of a man who keeps a young boy locked in his basement. The horrors of unseen sexual abuse merge with the banal cues of modern domestic life as this understated film carefully plots its twists and turns. The film forgoes explicit visuals in exchange for an ending that you won’t forget. Chicago Premiere. 

The Mole Poland (Director: Rafael Lewandowski)-- Pawel and his father Zygmunt make a living importing second hand clothing from France to Poland. When Zygmunt is suddenly and publicly accused of being a past Communist informant, he flees the country leaving the stubbornly apolitical Pawel to pick up the pieces and face the pervading legacy of Poland’s troubled past. With strong performances and sympathetic characters, The Mole candidly explores how the weight of history affects a son’s love for his family and his motherland. U.S. Premiere. Director Rafael Lewandowski is scheduled to attend. 

My Week with Marilyn UK (Director: Simon Curtis)-- In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. The film famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe  (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott). When Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life. Chicago Premiere. Director Simon Curtis is scheduled to attend.  

Natural Selection USA (Director: Robbie Pickering)-- Linda’s devoutly religious husband Abe hasn’t slept with her since he found out she was barren. That was 20 years ago. But when Abe suffers a stroke she finds out that his sexual needs were being taken care of at the local sperm bank, and the discovery of a mullet-headed ex-con son named Raymond is the result. Linda goes to Florida to meet Raymond and the pair embark on a journey of self-discovery in this offbeat, darkly funny road movie that was a big winner at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Chicago Premiere. 

On the Bridge France/USA (Director: Olivier Morel)-- PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, can be a whole new kind of war for our young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The opposite of fighting alongside your brothers and sisters in arms, this battle is often fought alone, against demons the soldier hides from others. The power of the documentary form is strongly felt as On the Bridge not only gives voice to the personal trauma our warriors endure, but also as a means to help them honor their service and move forward as Americans. Chicago Premiere. Director Olivier Morel is scheduled to attend. 

Patang India (Director: Prashant Bhargava)-- Can you ever really go home again? In Chicago-born Prashant Bhargava’s visually stunning feature debut, a successful Delhi businessman returns to his familial home, urban-bred daughter in tow, for a surprise visit during India’s largest kite festival. The excitement of their homecoming soon fades as long-held resentments and distrust surface. Chicago Premiere. 

Rabies Israel (Director: Aharon Keshales)-- Take the classic horror movie formula - hot girls lost in the woods, marauding homicidal maniacs, and gallons of blood and gore. Add some dark humor, sharp, witty dialogue, and unexpected twists and voilá, you get Rabies, Israel’s critically acclaimed first foray into the slasher genre. Sophisticated enough to appeal to a broad audience but with sufficient splatter to satisfy the hardcore genre fan, Rabies is an exhilarating and highly enjoyable viewing experience. Chicago Premiere. 

Romeos Germany (Director: Sabine Bernardi)-- Lukas, a female-to-male transgendered youth undergoing hormone replacement therapy, travels to Cologne for his compulsory civil service. There he meets the attractive Fabio, who embodies all Lukas wants to be after his surgery is completed. But can he open up to Fabio? And what will happen to their relationship if he does? The charisma, sensitivity, and chemistry between the leads makes this unique love story a treasure to watch. Chicago Premiere. 

Sadermania: From Fanship to Friendship USA (Director: Adam Gacka)-- Calling all Hulkamaniacs! When you’re done training, taking your vitamins, and saying your prayers, then you can meet the purest fan of all, Chris Sader, in a story that goes from childhood obsession to an unexpected and touching friendship. In this inspirational tale, Chris and Hulk Hogan relate how they met and developed a bond through mutual struggles and personal loss that each would have faced alone if not for the unlikely bond that develops between them. World Premiere. Director Adam Gacka is scheduled to attend. 

Salaam Dunk USA/Iraq (Director: David Fine)-- When violent images of Iraq are all the Western world is accustomed to, it’s easy to forget that life continues in the war-torn nation. At the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, life does just that, as is extraordinarily personified by the university’s women’s basketball team. In a sports movie for the ages, Salaam Dunk follows the team’s season, chronicling their triumphs and tragedies both on and off the court. North American Premiere. Director David Fine is scheduled to attend. 

Sleeping Beauty Australia (Director: Julia Leigh)-- Forget everything you thought you knew about Sleeping Beauty. In Julia Leigh’s unsettling take on the classic tale, the beauty is Lucy (Emily Browning), a young woman who begins working at a niche job in the sex industry in order to pay for her education. Drugged and placed in a “sleeping beauty chamber”, Lucy becomes the plaything of paying customers, where almost anything is permissible. With so much beyond her control, will Lucy ever wake up to the world around her? Chicago Premiere. 

The Slut Israel (Director: Hagar Ben Asher)-- Winner of the Best Director prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Hagar Ben Asher’s alternative, almost anti-cautionary tale presents Tamar, a beautiful, young single mother with a seemingly insatiable sexual appetite. While running a chicken farm with her two daughters, she finds servicing the village’s lackluster men gets her through the inconveniences of everyday life. That is until a hunky veterinarian comes to town. U.S. Premiere. Director Hagar Ben Asher is scheduled to attend. 

Snowtown Australia (Director: Justin Kurzel)-- Based on true events, this skillfully crafted psychological thriller centers on 16-year-old Jamie, who lives in a squalid, crime-ridden slum on the outskirts of Adelaide. When John Bunting, a charismatic older man, enters his life, he offers friendship and escape from his deadbeat existence. But as Bunting’s behavior becomes increasingly sinister, Jamie finds himself caught up in horrors he could never have imagined as he realizes his new father figure is actually a cold-blooded serial killer. Chicago Premiere. 

Southwest Brazil (Director: Eduardo Nunes)-- In a small fishing village in Brazil, Clarice experiences her entire life, beginning at birth, in the space of a day. The villagers remain oblivious to Clarice’s unique situation, living life just like us, one day at a time. In an attempt to understand her reality, Clarice tries to change her destiny as well as the destiny of those around her in this haunting and thought-provoking film. North American Premiere. 

The Student Argentina (Director: Santiago Mitre)-- Roque goes from young Lothario to activist and general rabble-rouser in this cleverly plotted parable revealing the underbelly of Argentinean politics. Set at the University of Buenos Aires, the heady mix of sex, intellectualism and shady ploys that would make Richard Nixon smile, soon become all too real and Roque finds that he’s in way over his head. With nuanced performances and dynamic pacing, Santiago Mitre’s debut feature has earned comparisons to Truffaut, Godard and Alexander Payne. Chicago Premiere. 

Take Me Home USA (Director: Sam Jaeger)-- Thom (Sam Jaeger) just can’t win. After losing a job offer and getting evicted, he decides to buckle up as an illegal New York City cab driver. When he picks up Claire (Amber Jaeger), they embark on a trip neither one anticipated. This comedy finds solace in the back seat of a cab, the landscape of the USA, and even in a complete stranger. Director Sam Jaeger’s (from NBC’S Parenthood) Take Me Home, shows how a little cross-country drive can often lead you to take a different exit. 

Top Floor, Left Wing France (Director: Angelo Cianci)-- It was supposed to be just a routine day in the field for respected bailiff Francois Echeverria. But when he arrives at an apartment in the Parisian projects to collect unpaid rent, he is unexpectedly taken hostage by an edgy teenage son and his reluctant Algerian father. Word of terrorist activity spreads quickly, and with trigger-happy cops waiting outside and the media closing in, they have to decide what to do about their hostage, five kilos of cocaine, and closely guarded secrets in this smart, politically minded comedy. US Premiere. 

Turn Me On, Dammit! Norway (Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen)-- Fifteen-year-old Alma feels trapped in her small Norwegian town. To curb her restlessness and active imagination and to satiate her sexual appetite, Alma regularly calls a phone sex hotline. After an awkward sexual encounter with a crush turns her into a social pariah, Alma decides to run away to Oslo. Funny, quirky and endearing, Turn Me On, Dammit! charmingly captures the ups and downs of teenage sexuality. Chicago Premiere. 

Tyrannosaur UK (Director: Paddy Considine)-- Actor/Director Paddy Considine (In America) delivers a gritty tale of self-destruction and redemption in his feature-length directorial debut. Expanded from his award-winning short film, Dog Altogether, Tyrannosaur follows the unlikely friendship between rage-filled Joseph (Peter Mullan) and Christian Goodwill store worker, Hannah (Olivia Colman). Mullan’s electrifying performance finds a perfect counterpoint in Colman’s measured portrayal. Chicago Premiere. 

Volcano Iceland/Denmark (Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson)-- An unconventional coming-of-age tale wrapped in a tender love story, this debut feature presents a portrait of compassionate devotion and an unflinching look at aging. When Hannes retires at age 67, it seems that life--well, meaningful life--has come to an end. Estranged from family and friends, Hannes' most intimate relationship is with his boat, until a series of drastic events causes him to take stock of his life. U.S. Premiere. 

Ways of the Sea Philippines (Director: Sheron R. Dayoc)-- Solidarity, hope, and fear beget friendship in this tale of a perilous journey across the South China Sea. A motley group of individuals--from children hoping to be reunited with absent mothers and would-be prostitutes to human traffickers preying on the locals’ desperation--cross paths while waiting to be smuggled by boat, destination Malaysia. The possibilities for a bright future seem increasingly distant as they near the shore in this slow-burning, suspense-filled verité drama. Chicago Premiere. 

Wetlands Canada (Director: Guy Édoin)-- Saddled with a guilt no teenager should have to bear, 17-year-old brooding Simon feels starkly out of place on his parents’ struggling dairy farm. Life on the farm is demanding, but no matter how hard Simon tries, he cannot live up to his father’s expectations.  Resentments simmer, so when a tragic accident hits close to home, the question of blame haunts the family and possibilities for forgiveness seem ever remote in this captivating family drama. U.S. Premiere. Director Guy Édoin is scheduled to attend.

The Whisperer in Darkness USA (Director: Sean Branney)-- Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness is an eerily deft recreation of classic 1930’s studio horror fare. Professor Albert Wilmart, a smug skeptic, is forced to question his views by a series of increasingly bizarre encounters with the supernatural. Genuinely terrifying and highly entertaining, Whisperer is a fitting homage for Lovecraft aficionados and, for newcomers, a perfect introduction to one of the great horror masterminds of the 20th century. Chicago Premiere. Director Sean Branney is scheduled to attend. 

Wild Bill UK (Dir. Dexter Fletcher)-- Not everyone is pleased when wild Bill Hayward rolls into town after serving eight years in jail on drug charges. His two sons, Dean and Jimmy, have been living alone ever since their mother abandoned them, and his old cohorts want Bill back in the-- saddle again. Bill and his sons begin to bond, but trouble strikes when Jimmy gets mixed up with his father’s old crew, causing Bill to realize that the town ain’t big enough for the both of them in this contemporary Western influenced gangster vehicle set in London’s East End. North American Premiere. Director Dexter Fletcher is scheduled to attend.

 

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