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Director Spotlight: Franziska Stünkel on THE LAST EXECUTION

Published: October 18, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

German filmmaker and photo artist Franziska Stünkel’s film The Last Execution (Nahschuss) is a historical drama telling the story of Werner Teske, a scientist-turned Stasi spy who became the last person executed in East Germany. Stünkel is in Chicago for the international premiere of her gripping film — don’t miss the next screening on Thursday Oct. 21 at 5:15pm, with a special Q&A following the film.

We’re thrilled to host Stünkel in Chicago, and we sat down with her to ask her some questions about being back in the theatre and her favorite filmmakers.[…]

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Director Spotlight: Isidore Bethel on ACTS OF LOVE

Published: October 18, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

Filmmaker magazine named Isidore Bethel one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” last year. We’re honored to host him in Chicago this week for a special screening of his new film Acts of Love, a docu-fiction hybrid story about make sexuality he co-directed with Francis Leplay. The Hollywood Reporter called Acts of Love, which was shot in Chicago, an “exciting, genre-bending film” that “stands out in its exploration of attraction, desire, sex and intimacy.”

Get your tickets now to see this innovative film, as well as a live Q&A with Bethel and actor Ed Sanderson following the screening, on Tuesday Oct.[…]

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48 Hour Fest Guide: How to Kickoff the 57th #ChiFilmFest Right

Published: October 9, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

With just a couple days to go until the 57th Chicago International Film Festival begins, we’re here to help you kick-off the Festival right with a custom itinerary that showcases all #ChiFilmFest and Chicago have to offer.

Wednesday, October 13

10pm: An After Hours Opening Night

Our official Opening Night screening of The French Dispatch may be sold out, but you can still kick off the festival right, in an albeit scarier format, at a sneak peek, late-night screening of HALLOWEEN KILLS at the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview.[…]

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The French Dispatch to Open the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

Published: September 14, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the Opening Night film, its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and other highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; and presents exclusive drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen; with special neighborhood pop-up screening events to be announced in the coming weeks. Virtual screenings, presented via the Festival’s streaming platform, are accessible across Illinois as well as to viewers in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.[…]

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