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The 48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces the Selection of “Cloud Atlas" As Their Centerpiece Film

CHICAGO, IL (September 11, 2012) - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the selection of “Cloud Atlas,” the much anticipated new film from writer/directors and native Chicagoans Lana and Andy Wachowski (“The Matrix” Trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), as the Festival’s Centerpiece Film. “Cloud Atlas” will screen on October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). The Wachowskis return to their hometown along with Tykwer to walk the red carpet at the Chicago Premiere.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lana and Andy Wachowski back to their beloved hometown,” said Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “‘Cloud Atlas’ promises to be one of the most imaginative and dazzling movies of the year.” 

Based on David Mitchell’s celebrated, best-selling novel, the powerful epic drama “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. 

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) lead a stellar international cast that includes Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David and David Gyasi, with Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) and Hugh Grant. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time. 

Opening nationwide on Friday, October 26th the film is written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski. The Wachowskis previously teamed as writers/directors of the groundbreaking “Matrix” trilogy, which earned more than $1.6 billion, combined, at the worldwide box office.  Tom Tykwer won an Independent Spirit Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination as the director/writer of “Run Lola Run,” and more recently directed the award-winning thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.”

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012. The full schedule will be announced on September 20.

Festival Passes and Theater Info
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. Passses must be picked up and redeemed in person at a Festival box office.
Festival screenings will be at the AMC River East 21 Theater (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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