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Director Spotlight: Sinead O’Shea on Pray For Our Sinners

Published: September 30, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

We are delighted to host Irish filmmaker and journalist Sinead O’Shea along with her film Pray For Our Sinners. The documentary mixes personal storytelling with political exposé, where O’Shea returns to her small hometown to confront historical abuse and neglect in the Catholic Church. More specifically, she delves into the harm caused to women and children in “mother and baby” homes (where unwed mothers were sent to deliver their newborns) and the corresponding resistance against it.  

The documentary covers a fairly intense subject, was creating it an emotional process for you given how close it is to your home and history?[…]

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Inferno 1911: Italy’s First Feature Film and Other Early Literary Interpretations

Published: September 30, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

Preceding the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, which begins on October 12th, Cinema/Chicago is hosting a CineConcert screening of L’Inferno to celebrate the centenary. The 1911 Italian silent film was directed by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, and Giuseppe De Liguoro. More information about the screening can be found here

L’Inferno was the very first feature-length film produced in Italy at 68 minutes. The film interprets Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy, a fourteenth-century epic poem by Dante Alighieri depicting the journey Dante takes through Hell, as he strays from righteousness and discovers sin.[…]

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Special Guests Announced for 58th Chicago International Film Festival

Published: September 28, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

Today, the Chicago International Film Festival announced new guests and details for its 58th edition, running October 12 – 23, 2022. Film screenings and programs will take place at theaters and venues across the city including AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Austin Town Hall, the Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Englewood, and the Chicago History Museum.

Sarah Polley and Luc Montpellier to receive Visionary Award

Actor-turned-director Sarah Polley and cinematographer Luc Montpellier will receive the Festival’s Visionary Award for Women Talking, to be presented Thursday October 20.[…]

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58th Chicago International Film Festival Announces Full Slate and Programs

Published: September 22, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the full lineup of films and programs included in this year’s 58th edition of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, running October 12 – 23, 2022. This year’s Festival unspools films across the city, with screenings at AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, and pop-up screenings at Austin Town Hall and the Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, as well as virtually via the Festival’s streaming platform.[…]

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58th Chicago International Film Festival Sneak Peek: Opening Night, Centerpiece & Special Presentations

Published: September 14, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

The Chicago International Film Festival today offered a preview of select highlights to be featured in this year’s 58th edition of North America’s longest-running competitive international film festival, running October 12 – 23, 2022. Films will be screened across the city at venues including AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, and pop-up screenings in Chicago’s Austin and Englewood neighborhoods, as well as offered virtually via the Festival’s streaming platform.

The Opening Night film of the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, presented at the Music Box Theatre, is renowned Chicago filmmaker Steve James’ A Compassionate Spy, a tale of espionage, romance, and profound moral implications.[…]

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