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36 Hours of Festival at Home

Published: October 24, 2020  |  Filed under: Festival News

With only two days to go, we’re here to help you to maximize your viewing experience and strategize so you can make the most of your time before Festival viewing ends this Sunday at 11:59pm CT. With a frigid Saturday and a rainy Sunday in the Chicago forecast, the elements are conspiring to eliminate any outdoor distractions.

Additionally to add to your schedule, we’ve just announced the Ivory Coast’s Night of the Kings, winner of Best Cinematography and Best Sound, will be available for appointment viewing on Sunday, October 25 from 4pm-8pm![…]

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Director Spotlight: Sato Takuma on ANY CRYBABIES AROUND

Published: October 22, 2020  |  Filed under: Festival News

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival is excited to welcome director Sato Takuma to our fair city for the premiere of his film Any Crybabies Around? Young parent Tasuku has spent his life assiduously avoiding any responsibility in his small town in northern Japan. But when he’s caught drunk and naked on live national TV coverage at the local Namahage festival, in which men dress as ogres and scare children into behaving, he flees to Tokyo in shame. After two years of rock-bottom city living, he returns home, ready to embrace adulthood.[…]

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Director Spotlight: Jiayan “Jenny” Shi on FINDING YINGYING

Published: October 19, 2020  |  Filed under: Festival News

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival is excited to welcome director Jiayan “Jenny” Shi to our fair city for the premiere of her film Finding Yingying. In April 2017, idealistic Chinese student Yingying Zhang came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agriculture. Six weeks later, she went missing. In what the Hollywood Reporter has called “a deft portrait of a family on the razor’s edge between hope and dread,” filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi chronicles the circumstances around Yingying’s disappearance and its devastating consequences on her family, friends, and community.[…]

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Director Spotlight: Bruno Santamaria on THINGS WE DARE NOT DO

Published: October 17, 2020  |  Filed under: Festival News

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival is excited to welcome cinematographer-turned-director Bruno Santamaria to our fair city for the premiere of his film Things We Dare Not Do. In the small town of El Robolitio, 16-year-old Ñoño has a secret that runs counter to the local culture defined by machismo; Ñoño loves to dress in women’s clothes. In Things We Dare Not Do, Santamaria reveals repression, violence, and beauty in equal measures as he chronicles the story of an individual who bravely defies the gender norms of their society.[…]

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