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A woman stares out a dirty window, the paint on the exterior is old and cracked.

Black Box

  •   Aslı Özge
  •   Germany, Belgium

A Berlin courtyard becomes an unwitting battleground as a xenophobic property owner, the threat of gentrification, and simmering political unrest converge in Azli Özge’s volatile drama Black Box. When an apartment building is put under lockdown by police after an undisclosed event, tensions within the tight-knit community escalate on multiple fronts. Frustrations boil over and conflicts collide as residents unite to take legal action against their landlord, an unemployed mother faces a critical job interview, and the discovery of a corpse in an abandoned unit forces the residents to confront their personal politics and prejudices.

Özge’s deft direction creates a unique crucible where the boundaries of power, fear, and community are tested, raising unsettling questions about the rights and autonomy of those who call this courtyard home. Their preconceived biases deepen the divisions, unearthing long-buried conflicts as residents reveal their true natures, driven by personal agendas in a complex web of capitalism and power.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Aslı Özge and Producer Daniel Mann


International Competition Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Film Supporter

Logo: German Film Office 141x125

Event Information

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

  •   120 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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