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Short Film Showcase: The Wonderfully Weird World of Niki Lindroth von Bahr

  Niki Lindroth von Bahr

  Sweden      2010-2019    

Synopsis

Over the past decade sculptor and animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr has utilized stop motion animation to breathe life into anthropomorphised animal puppets. From pigeons singing in a zoo in Something to Remember to a pedantic spa manager in Bath House to the delightful rabbit and fox neighbors Tord and Tord to the existential marketplace musical The Burden, this showcase of her work conjures hilarious, bizarre, and even profoundly moving worlds where human and animal merge.

 Swedish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Wed, Sep 25 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center

Tickets available Monday, September 16.

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Murmur of the Hearts Nian Nian

  Sylvia Chang

  Taiwan      2015    

Synopsis

This tender and introspective drama connects the lives of three seemingly disparate characters: an unexpectedly pregnant painter, a distracted tour guide, and a talentless boxer. Each at a crossroads in their lives, they’re forced to reflect on their pasts as they prepare for uncertain futures. Intricately weaving together the threads of their lives, the film offers an elegant, surreal portrait of a generation at a crossroads.

 Mandarin with subtitles 
  119 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Wed, Aug 28 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center

Tickets available Monday, August 19.

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Zurich

  Sacha Polak

  The Netherlands      2015    

Synopsis

Adrift and searching, Nina wanders Europe in an attempt to flee her painful past. While taking refuge at a rest stop, she befriends Matthias, a German trucker and the two form a bond. As their intimacy intensifies, memories of her former life begin to haunt her. What is she running from? Steeped in mystery, Zurich is a nuanced portrait of trauma, love, and healing.

 Dutch, German with subtitles 
  89 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Wed, Jul 17 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center

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All of a Sudden Auf Einmal

  Asli Özge

  Germany      2016    

Synopsis

In this bracing psychological thriller, the unassuming Karsten finds his life spiraling out of control. After hosting a small but wild party, a mysterious woman is found dead at his apartment. As the last person to see her alive, Karsten is met with immediate suspicion. He insists there was no foul play, but even his closest friends begin to doubt his innocence.

 German with subtitles 
  112 minutes

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Radiance Hikari

  Naomi Kawase

  Japan      2017    

Synopsis

Misako writes and records film audio descriptions for vision-impaired audiences, passionately translating cinematic experiences through verbal description. While soliciting feedback from a focus group panel, she meets Masaya, a renowned photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. The two form an unlikely connection as she draws inspiration from his photographs and his way of seeing the world.

 Japanese with subtitles 
  101 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Wed, Aug 7 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center

Tickets available Monday, July 29.

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