Streaming Films Archive

Shorts: Best of the Fest

  Various

  Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States 94 minutes

Synopsis

Otherworldly. Transcendent. Heartwarming. Insightful. Powerful. These six Hugo Award-winning short films have been selected by our juries as the best of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.

In “The End of Suffering (a proposal)” (Greece), a young  woman’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe. A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown in “Gramercy” (United States), where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in “We Have One Heart” (Poland). An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame in “How To Disappear” (Austria). “Tie” (Portgual, France) finds two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape. And “Step Into The River” (China, France) presents a sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

 Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish with subtitles 

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“One Stormy Night” [Short Film] Eine Stuermische Nacht

  Gil Alkabetz

  Germany 9 minutes

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This film is available as part of Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)

Synopsis

A fire burning in the hearth falls in love with a lightning bolt and goes on an adventure to find it.

 No Dialogue 

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The Road Up

  Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel

  United States 93 minutes

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  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

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Filmmaker Q&A:

Livestream Q&A with directors Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel and subject Jesse Teverbaugh

Synopsis

World premiere

From the award-winning team behind the Chicago International Film Festival hit poetry slam documentary Louder than a Bomb, comes this inspiring and emotional film following Jesse Teverbaugh, a charismatic leader at the job-training program Cara. With tough-love and dedication, Teverbaugh mentors four Chicagoans during their precarious journey from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to stable employment. The Road Up powerfully chronicles not only America’s unforgiving economic and social structures, but also the essential role that community, connection, hope, and love play in overcoming adversity.

 English 

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The Special Especial

  Ignacio Márquez

  Venezuela, United States 91 minutes

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  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

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Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With writer/director Ignacio Márquez and producer José Antonio Varela

Synopsis

World premiere

In this thoughtful and uplifting debut, the profoundly charming Chuo is having to navigate the challenges of early adulthood with Down Syndrome. He feels a growing need for independence from his father José, who struggles to provide and care for his son as he grapples with demons past and the disappointments of dreams deferred. When Chuo lands a job at a small graphic design studio, he begins to find community and discover purpose and a sense of self. Long parted by an ocean of silence and shame, will father and son be able to fulfill the promise of Chuo’s dreams and build a common future?

 Spanish with subtitles 

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Schoolgirls Las Niñas

  Pilar Palomero

  Spain 97 minutes

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  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

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Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Pilar Palomero

Synopsis

Growing up in small-town Spain in the early ’90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist. Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, and soon Celia is swept up in a rebellious clique that breaks all the rules and flaunts authority. Her eyes newly opened to the world, Celia starts to raise questions about her own family background, including her absent father. This astute drama—in which the young character’s coming of age mirrors the post-Franco restless social energy around her—is anchored by salient performances from its young cast, who effortlessly convey the tensions and anxieties of adolescence.

“It’s this clear-eyed dissection of how the times condition the lives of those condemned to live through them that elevates the film above any number of similar coming-of-age dramas.” –Hollywood Reporter

 Spanish with subtitles 

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