56 Films for 56 Years
Given the current recommendation to stay home and practice social distancing, we at the Chicago International Film Festival are looking at ways to continue to highlight important, high quality films while audiences remain unable to visit the movie theater. Our 56 Films for 56 Years blog highlights past selections from each year of the Festival that you can stream now from home. Stream our past selections as we look forward to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival this October 14-25, 2020.
Today’s #56Films entry comes recommended by Chicago International Film Festival Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman.
Director: Gregory Dixon
In this charming Chicago-made debut feature, local actress McKenzie Chinn, who also wrote the screenplay, delivers a dazzling breakout performance as the conflicted Olympia Welles—an almost 30-something artist who must decide between starting a new career and life in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, or staying, and making another go of it at home. Featuring quirky hand-drawn animation and an authentic depiction of Chicago life, Olympia is a heartfelt story for anyone who’s ever felt adrift on the rough seas of adulthood. – Anthony Kaufman, Senior Programmer