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The Art of the Director: Multimedia (Steve McQueen & Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Digging Deeper: The Art of the Director series (April – June)

Our Digging Deeper Spring sessions form a three-part series called “The Art of the Director,” exploring different ways to consider the work that goes into directing a film, especially for our most accomplished and adventurous artists. Audiences will gain new vantage points on some filmmakers they know and also bring new questions and contexts to lots of different movies we watch as the year unfolds.

The Art of the Director: Multimedia

Most filmmakers derive inspiration from a wide range of arts. Some even maintain important careers in other mediums, alongside or overlapping with their movies. In this session, we will highlight two famous cases of such versatility, linking their museum work in to their cinematic styles and narratives: Oscar winner Steve McQueen, who made his name in gallery art well before he began directing films; and the SAIC-trained Cannes champ Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose features work as standalone experiences but often take shape in tandem with his touring exhibitions.

Recommended viewing: for McQueen, Hunger (2008), a Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo winner; for Weerasethakul, his peculiar Palme d’Or recipient Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010).

Please note: The discussion ticket does not include a ticket to screen the films.


The “Digging Deeper into Movies with Nick Davis” series is made possible with the support of the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation.

Event Information

Saturday, June 15, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm

Alliance Française de Chicago
810 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610


Doors open at 10:30am. Please use the Dearborn St entrance for admission.


Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or ramp access and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms. For accommodation requests, please email us at access@chicagofilmfestival.com, call us at 312-683-0121, x108, or complete our Accommodation Request Form.

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