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“-Ship: A Visual Poem” [Short Film]

Terrance Daye  |  United States
English  

A young boy wrestles with his sense of self on the day of his cousin’s funeral.

40 Years a Prisoner

Tommy Oliver  |   United States
Documentary, Family Affairs, Political, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

A bracing examination of the U.S.’s longstanding racially and politically biased justice system, this powerful documentary bears witness to the lifelong efforts of Michael Africa, Jr. to secure the freedom of his parents, members of 1970s Black Liberation group MOVE, who were incarcerated for four decades.

Ammonite

Francis Lee  |   United Kingdom
Drama, Historical, LGBTQ, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of [...]

And Tomorrow the Entire World Und morgen die ganze Welt

Julia von Heinz  |   Germany
Drama, Political
German  
Streaming SOLD OUT

After idealistic law student Luisa is convinced by her best friend to move into an Antifa commune in Berlin, she falls under the sway of charismatic radical Alfa and is soon surprised by the changing nature of her own convictions. This urgent drama details the many faces of activism and dissects the nature of justice in the face of extremism.

Any Crybabies Around? Naku Ko wa Ineega

Sato Takuma  |   Japan
Coming of Age, Drama
Japanese  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In this sensitive, assured drama, rising star Taiga Nakano plays young parent Tasuku, who flees to Tokyo in shame after being caught drunk and naked on national TV during a local festival. After years of rock-bottom city living, he returns home, ready to embrace adulthood. But will the town and his family have him back?

Apples Mila

Christos Nikou  |  Greece, Poland, Slovenia
Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Greek  
Streaming SOLD OUT

As an amnesia-inducing pandemic rages across the globe, solitary Aris finds himself in a rehabilitation program for the afflicted. His treatment: performing tasks mimicking life’s milestones and capturing these new memories on Polaroid. Through images deadpan, strange, and surreal, the film posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss.

Bad Hair

Justin Simien  |   United States
Comedy, Horror
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
In this hilarious horror satire set in 1989, an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television, but her flourishing career comes at a cost when she realizes that her new hairstyle might have a mind of its own. As he did with his auspicious debut [...]

Becoming Mona Kom hier dat ik u kus

Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Dutch  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Life is what happens when you stop living for others and start living for yourself. This poignant tragicomic journey of courage follows Mona from early childhood, when she is inculcated to be a quiet, obedient presence in the world. She blossoms into a talented young artist, but years of repressing her feelings have impaired her [...]

“Bella” [Short Film]

Thelyia Petraki  |  Greece
Greek  

A striking and emotional blend of fiction and documentary that chronicles a woman and world in flux at the end of the Cold War.

Belushi

R. J. Cutler  |   United States
Biopic, Comedy, Documentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Drive-in SOLD OUT

By age 30, John Belusihi conquered Hollywood as one of the founding cast members of Saturday Night Live and the star of The Blues Brothers. But as his fame grew, so did his struggles with substance abuse, leading to an untimely demise that shocked fans around the world. Through previously unheard audiotapes featuring the voices of collaborators, friends, and family, this fitting tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent captures the complicated essence of an American icon.

“Blocks” [Short Film]

Bridget Moloney  |  United States
English  

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

“Buzzkill” [Short Film]

Kathy E. Mitrani  |  United States
English  

Buzzkill follows an adolescent girl as she desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers.

Careless Crime Jenayat-e bi deghat

Shahram Mokri  |   Iran
Crime, Drama, Political
Persian  
Streaming SOLD OUT
A group of four men in modern-day Iran plot to burn down a movie theater, an act that replicates a historical tragedy that occurred 40 years prior, as society was teetering on revolution. The cinema in their crosshairs is premiering a film about an unexploded missile—a crowd gathers outside the theater in anticipation. Past and [...]

Charlatan

Agnieszka Holland  |  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Political
Czech  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In this richly drawn portrait of real-life Czech faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who cured hundreds with natural remedies only to later be prosecuted for charlatanism, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland shines a light on a singular, extraordinary figure and reveals the complexity of—and human susceptibility to—the political machinations of one’s times.

“The Chimney Swift” [Short Film] Der Schornsteinsegler

Frédéric Schuld  |  Germany
English  

A British chimney sweeper describes his exploitive everyday routine forcing children to become workers in this beautifully hand-drawn animation.

City So Real

Steve James  |   United States
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
English, Punjabi, Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

This epic docuseries from Hoop Dreams director Steve James captures Chicago at a crossroads, still reeling from the shooting of Laquan McDonald and in the midst of the contentious 2019 mayoral election. From protests to penthouses, James chronicles the divisions that separate and the issues that unite our city.

The Columnist De Kuthoer

Ivo van Aart  |   The Netherlands
Action, Comedy, Horror, Social Commentary
Dutch  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Silver Audience Award for Best European Feature, Fantasia International Film Festival Femke is over it! The constant critique, the gaslighting for speaking her truth, the trolls’ anonymous, sexist insults. A columnist for a revered publication in The Netherlands, the divorced, city-dwelling single mother faces a daily barrage of negativity on social media. Sure, she shouldn’t [...]

The Comeback Revansch

Patrik Eklund  |   Sweden
Comedy, Family Affairs, Sports
Swedish  
Streaming SOLD OUT
A promising badminton player in her youth, Annbritt lost the Swedish championship finals in 1983, and, three decades later, she still hasn’t recovered from the defeat. Convinced that the loss was the result of the umpire’s missed call, she has since spiraled downward, a bottle of alcohol her constant companion. Buoyed by the unflagging enthusiasm [...]

“Comrades” [Short Film] Sau Zuk

Kanas Liu  |  Hong Kong
Cantonese  

Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity.

The Dark and the Wicked

Bryan Bertino  |   United States
Family Affairs, Horror, Thriller
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT

After adult siblings Louise and Michael return to their family farm to say goodbye to their dying father and comfort their distressed mother, they’re overwhelmed by an unstoppable evil that threatens to consume them all. The Dark and the Wicked taps into deep anxieties about our responsibilities to our loved ones—even as it plunges us ever further into a harrowing waking nightmare.

“David” [Short Film]

Zach Woods  |  United States
English  

In dire straits and thinking of ending it all, David turns to his therapist, played by Will Ferrell, for help.

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Spike Lee  |   United States
Documentary, Music, Political
Drive-in SOLD OUT
In this one-of-a-kind concert film, Oscar-winning director Spike Lee brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed Broadway show to vivid life. Recorded during its recent run in New York City, the production sees Byrne joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe—including Chicago bassist Bobby Wooten III and Milwaukee [...]

Days Rizi

Tsai Ming-Liang  |   Taiwan
Drama, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
No Dialogue  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Special Mention, Berlin Film Festival Isolated and lonely, Kang drifts through an urban landscape searching for relief from an unknown ailment. Shut off from the outside world, Non lives in a sparse apartment, meticulously going through the motions of his daily routine. The two meet in an anonymous hotel room with hopes of finding consolation [...]

Dear Comrades! Dorogie Tovarischi!

Andrei Konchalovsky  |   Russia
Drama, Historical, Political, Social Commentary
Russian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In 1962, when a strike at a local factory catches ardent Communist Party official Lyudmila and her colleagues off guard, Moscow steps in. Left searching for her missing daughter, who joined the strike, Lyudmilla’s eyes are opened to the human toll of state-sanctioned violence. Filmed in arresting black and white, this historic tale bristles with immediacy.

“The Doe” [Short Film] La Biche

Jennifer Lumbroso  |  France
French  

After an accident in the French countryside, a woman feverishly escapes to the woods in order to survive. She becomes The Doe.

“The End of Suffering (a proposal)” [Short Film]

Jacqueline Lentzou  |  Greece
Greek  

Sofia’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe.

“The Ephemeral Orphanage” [Short Film]

Lisa Barcy  |  United States
English  

A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and explore the hidden lives of their caregivers.

“Ethereality” [Short Film]

Kantarama Gahigiri  |  Switzerland/Rwanda
English  

A blend of fiction and documentary creates a moving reflection about migration, home, and belonging.

“The Fabric of You” [Short Film]

Josephine Lohoar Self  |  United Kingdom
English  

Michael, a gay mouse in his twenties, sees an old jacket and begins to sorrowfully reminisce.

Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi  |   United States
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

After 17 years apart, Walter’s wife Esther and daughter Sylvia arrive in New York from Angola; time apart has rendered them virtual strangers, and the three must find a way to reconnect. This beautifully conceived film captures the immigrant experience with complexity and nuance.

Finding Yingying

Jiayan "Jenny" Shi  |   United States
Documentary, Mystery, Political, Social Commentary
English, Mandarin  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In 2017, Chinese student Yingying Zhang went missing just weeks after arriving at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi investigates the mystery surrounding Yingying’s disappearance and its devastating impact on her family and her community.

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds

Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer  |  United Kingdom, United States
Documentary, Environmental, Historical, Science Fiction
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

The legendary German filmmaker and his volcanologist collaborator take viewers on a globe-trotting journey to discover the deep impact that meteorites—from the tiniest micrometeoroids to massive shooting stars—have had on our planet, both physical and psychic.

“Flick” [Short Film]

Ariel Zengotita  |  United States
English  

A reclusive college student is driven insane after picking a booger he can’t get rid of.

For Madmen Only

Heather Ross  |   United States
Biopic, Comedy, Documentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Through inspired re-enactments, archival clips, and interviews with famous fans, this poignant look at the life of improv impresario Del Close tracks the comedy trailblazer from “human torch” sideshow act to his influential rise at The Second City, where he mentored such greats as Bill Murray, John Candy, and Tina Fey.

Gaza Mon Amour

Tarzan & Arab Nasser  |  Palestine, France, Germany, Portugal, Qatar
Comedy, Romance, Social Commentary
Arabic  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Sixty-year-old Palestinian fisherman and lifelong bachelor Issa (Salim Daw) holds a secret torch for Siham (Hiam Abbas), a dressmaker at the market. Just as he is getting up the courage to propose to her, Issa nets an ancient statue of a well-endowed, larger-than-life-sized Apollo. When the Hamas authorities get wind of the existence of this [...]

“Gramercy” [Short Film]

Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood  |  United States
English  

A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown, where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle.

“Grizzlies” [Short Film]

Alex Heller  |  United States
English  

A hilariously overprotective mother does her best to defend her daughter.

“Heaven Reaches Down to Earth” [Short Film] Legodimo Le Kopana Le Lefatshe

Tebogo Malebogo  |  South Africa
English, Zulu  

Tau and Tumelo journey across the South African landscape. When Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions.

“Homeless Home” [Short Film]

Alberto Vázquez  |  Spain, France
Spanish  

Expressive, detailed animation depicts characters adrift and alone in a dark fantasy world.

“How to Disappear” [Short Film]

Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf  |  Austria
English  

An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame.

“Huntsville Station” [Short Film]

Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone  |  United States
English  

An obesrvation on the comings and goings of a Greyhound station near Huntsville State Penitentiary—the first stop for inmates released on parole.

I Am Greta

Nathan Grossman  |   Sweden
Documentary, Environmental, Political
English, Swedish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

An intimate and candid portrait of a savvy, indefatigable teen, this captivating documentary tracks climate activist Greta Thunberg for 13 momentous months from her initial school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament to her astonishing wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. A Hulu Original Documentary.

I’m Your Woman

Julia Hart  |   United States
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Suburban housewife Jean (Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) lives a seemingly easy life, supported by husband Eddie’s (Bill Heck) career as a thief. But when Eddie betrays his partners, Jean and her baby are forced to go on the run, and Eddie’s old friend Cal (Arinzé Kene) is tasked with the job of keeping [...]

Kubrick by Kubrick Kubrick par Kubrick

Gregory Monro  |  France, Poland
Documentary
English, French, Italian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

A trove of never-before-heard audio recordings forms the spine of this cinematic essay on the methods and madness of master director Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining), teasing out some of the notoriously reclusive filmmaker’s inspirations—from Jungian philosophy to anti-authoritarian politics—while celebrating the mysteries inherent in his work.

“The Last Day of Autumn” [Short Film] Le dernier jour d'automne

Marjolaine Perreten  |  Switzerland, Belgium, France
No Dialogue  

All of the animals of the forest gathering together for a great bicycle race as winter slowly approaches.

“Laura Hasn’t Slept” [Short Film]

Parker Finn  |  United States
English  

An insomniac solicits the help of her therapist in a desperate attempt to escape her nightmares.

“Listening In” [Short Film] HaMa'azin

Omer Sterenberg  |  Israel
Arabic, Hebrew  

A solider surveilling a gay Palestinian couple begins to question everything.

Little Girl Petite Fille

Sébastien Lifshitz  |   France
Documentary, Family Affairs, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
French  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In this beautifully crafted gem of a film about the joys and pain of living your truth, seven-year-old Sasha works to realize her lifelong dream of being accepted as a girl by her peers, by her parents and by her extended family.

“Look Then Below” [Short Film]

Ben Rivers  |  United States
English  

Look Then Below conjures futuristic beings and smoke-filled landscapes as it documents fantastic new worlds beyond the realms of time and space.

Mama Gloria

Luchina Fisher  |   United States
Biopic, Documentary, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Meet Mama Gloria. Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen emerged from the South Side’s drag ball culture in the 1960s to trailblaze a path for transgender youth to follow. With positivity and polish, she overcame prejudice and traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community.

“Melting Heart Cake” [Short Film] Cœur Fondant

Benoît Chieux  |  France
French  

Excited to share a sweet treat with a friend, Anna must first pass through a spooky forest supposedly haunted by a bearded giant.

Memory House Casa de Antiguidades

João Paulo Miranda Maria  |  Brazil, France
Drama, Mystery, Social Commentary
German, Portuguese  
Streaming SOLD OUT
In southern Brazil—in a strange Austrian colony of sorts lost in time—indigenous-Black man Cristovam has arrived from the north to take a job at a milk factory. In the face of unrelenting xenophobia and racism, he finds refuge in an abandoned house filled with art objects and folkloric memorabilia that connect him back to his [...]

MLK/FBI

Sam Pollard  |   United States
Biopic, Documentary, Historical, Literary Adaptation, Political, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
It should come as no surprise that the FBI mounted a relentless campaign of surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but this astonishing documentary reveals both the shocking details of the operation and the complexity of the iconic man in its crosshairs. Using newly declassified files, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard (Chicago International [...]

“My Exercise” [Short Film] マイエクササイズ

Atsushi Wada  |  Japan
No Dialogue  

A man and his dog show off their hilarious exercise routine.

“A Mystery to Me” [Short Film]

Ben Strang  |  United States
English  

An inspiring portrait of a woman named Vanetta and her determined battle against a rare neuromuscular disease.

New Order Nuevo orden

Michel Franco  |  Mexico, France
Crime, Drama, Political, Thriller
Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival Imagine the French Revolution transposed on contemporary Mexico City in the hands of provocative Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (Daniel and Ana, After Lucia, Chronic). The result: a riveting and prescient dystopian drama that serves as a disquieting cautionary tale for a society marked by extreme class divisions. Just beyond the [...]

Night of the Kings La nuit des rois

Philippe Lacôte  |  Côte d'Ivoire, France, Canada, Senegal
Drama, Mystery, Political, Thriller
Dioula, French, Nouchi  
Streaming SOLD OUT
A young man is sent to "La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits [...]

“Nightingale” [Short Film]

Jasper de Bruin  |  The Netherlands
Dutch  

Pondering a hospital’s eerie hallways, a nurse makes her rounds on the night shift.

Nomadland

Chloé Zhao  |   United States
Drama, Literary Adaptation
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors [...]

Notturno

Gianfranco Rosi  |  Italy, France, Germany
Documentary, Political, Religion
Arabic, Kurdish  
Streaming SOLD OUT
From the Oscar-nominated director of Fire at Sea, this lyrical tour-de-force captures the peoples and places ravaged along the borders between Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and Lebanon. The mournful dirges of mothers, plaintive patients enacting a play in a psychiatric hospital, the grace of female Peshmerga warriors, a lone boatman navigating waters against the backdrop of [...]

“O Black Hole!” [Short Film]

Renee Zhan  |  United Kingdom
English  

A wild blend of animation styles and techniques depict a young woman afraid of losing everything in this cosmic ode.

Of Fish and Men Von Fischen und Menschen

Stefanie Klemm  |   Switzerland
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Swiss-German  
Streaming SOLD OUT

In this taut thriller set in the idyllic Swiss countryside, a single mom is raising her young daughter and running the family fish farm with the help of a farmhand-turned-friend. When his brother unexpectedly appears in search of debts owed, the specter of impending disaster looms large.

One Night in Miami

Regina King  |   United States
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Drive-in SOLD OUT

Adapted from the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami is a fictional account of the incredible night in 1964 when underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall—Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

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

Gil Alkabetz  |   Germany
No Dialogue  
A fire burning in the hearth falls in love with a lightning bolt and goes on an adventure to find it.

Padrenostro

Claudio Noce  |   Italy
Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Family Affairs
Italian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

1976 Rome. After 10-year-old Valerio witnesses the attempted assassination of his father, he and his famility are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. When Christian, a slightly older and bolder rebellious boy appears seemingly out of nowhere and befriends Valerio, his outlook starts to shift. Loosely based on his own childhood experience, director Claudio Noce deploys magical realist elements to both wondrous and nightmarish effect.

“Patois” [Short Film]

Andre Muir, Danielle Alston  |  United States
English  

A tender character study of a young Jamaican girl desperate to fit in.

“Pegasus” [Short Film]

Orlando Leroi  |  United States
English  

A brutal interaction with the Chicago police finds a young black father searching for freedom beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

“Pilar” [Short Film]

Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
No Dialogue  

A stunning hand-painted animation about a woman fascinated with the wilderness beyond the walls of her post-apocalyptic village.

“Play Schengen” [Short Film]

Gunhild Enger  |  Norway
Norwegian  

The story of a gaming company’s hilariously fraught effort to educate children about the European Union.

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre

Lili Horvát  |   Hungary
Drama, Romance
English, Hungarian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

After building a successful career in the U.S., gifted neurosurgeon Márta impulsively returns home to Hungary in pursuit of the man of her dreams, but when she tracks him down in Budapest, he claims they’ve never met. Is he spinning an elaborate deception or has her obsession trapped her in a world of illusions?

“The Price of Cheap Rent” [Short Film]

Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka  |  United States
English  

An aspiring artist discusses the challenges of finding affordable housing in a new city and the compromises she has to make with her spooky new roommates.

The Prophet and the Space Aliens

Yoav Shamir  |  Israel, Austria
Documentary, Religion
English, French, Japanese, Jula  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Founded in the 1970s by Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, the International Raëlian Movement is a quasi-religious cult built on the idea that aliens created the human race. In this funny and fascinating documentary, director Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint) chronicles the order’s colorful way of life, examining the complexities of belief and devotion in ways both unexpected and enlightening.

“Radia” [Short Film]

Erica Beebe  |  Morocco, United Kingdom
Darija  

Radia is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination.

The Reason I Jump

Jerry Rothwell  |  United States, United Kingdom
Documentary, Literary Adaptation
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival Based on the groundbreaking memoir by 13-year-old author Naoki Higashida, this fascinating documentary uses an immersive, impressionistic approach to chronicle the rich inner lives of non-speaking autistic people from India, Britain, the U.S., and Sierra Leone. Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell draws empathic portraits of his subjects and their families, and then, in [...]

“Regret” [Short Film]

Santiago Menghini  |  Canada
English  

A man in the throes of regret must survive the night when the physical manifestation of his inner demons begins to stalk him.

“The Reversal” [Short Film]

Jennifer Boles  |  United States
No Dialogue  

The Reversal arranges and animates thousands of stunning glass-plate photographs to ponder the reversal and transformation of the Chicago River.

The Road Up

Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel  |   United States
Documentary, Drama
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Drive-in SOLD OUT

From the award-winning team behind the Chicago International Film Festival hit documentary Louder than a Bomb comes this inspiring and emotional film following Jesse Teverbaugh, a charismatic leader at the job-training program Cara, as he mentors four Chicagoans during their precarious journey from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to stable employment.

“Sacred Brick Technology” [Short Film]

Ian Bertorelli  |  United States
English  

An incisive contemplation over the history and legacy of brickwork in Chicago.

Schoolgirls Las Niñas

Pilar Palomero  |   Spain
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT
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, [...]

Shorts 1: What We’re Made Of (City and State)

Various  |   United States
English, No Dialogue  
Streaming SOLD OUT

These innovative shorts showcase the very best in Chicago and Illinois filmmaking across a wide variety of genres and forms. Featuring works by Andre Muir and Danielle Alston, Jennifer Boles, Hannah Welever, Orlando Leroi, Lisa Barcy, Ian Bertorelli, Alex Heller, and Ben Strang.

Shorts 2: Disconnect the Dots (Animation)

Various  |   France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
Chinese, English, Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Surreal visions, distant memories, and fantastic underworlds teem with life in this program of animated films from around the world. A wide variety of styles gives voice to the depth and wonder of memory, character and landscape. Featuring works by Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten, Frédéric Schuld, Alberto Vázquez, Josephine Lohoar Self, Weija Ma, Alexandra Ramires, and Renee Zhan.

Shorts 3: A Creeping Chill (After Dark)

Various  |   Canada, France, The Netherlands, United States
Dutch, English, French  
Streaming SOLD OUT

From bodily fluids to walking nightmares, grave peril abounds in this program of audacious late-night fare. Triumphs of mood and tone, these films give voice to persistent feelings of dread and unease. Featuring works by Santiago Menghini, Ariel Zengotita, Jennifer Lumbroso, Parker Finn, Jasper De Bruin, and Ariane Boukerche.

Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

Various  |   Austria, Hong Kong, Morocco, Poland, United Kingdom, United States
Cantonese, Darija, English, Polish  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Personal, political, philosophical, and emotional, this collection of films showcases the very best in documentary form—from essayistic meditations to vérité assemblages and deeply-felt human portraits. Featuring works by Kanas Liu, Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, Katarzyna Warzecha, Carmine Grimaldi, Erica Beebe, and Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf.

Shorts 5: The Life of the Mind (Drama)

Various  |   Greece, Iran, Israel, Laos, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam
Arabic, English, Greek, Persian, Vietnamese  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Deeply-felt characters and stirring performances are featured in this program of films that reckon with humanity, history, and time. An eclectic mix of styles and subjects is united by their expertly-rendered observations about lives past and present. Featuring works by Baran Sarmad, Omer Sterenberg, Kathy Esquenazi Mitrani, Phạm Ngọc Lân, Nawaf Al Janahi, and Thelyia Petraki.

Shorts 6: It Hurts to Laugh (Comedy)

Various  |   Canada, Estonia, Macedonia, Norway, United States
Comedy
English, Estonian, Macedonian, Norwegian  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Pitch-black comedies, absurd deadpan oddities, and farcical send-ups are featured in this program of films that revel in the hilarity of life’s stresses and contradictions. Featuring works by Bridget Moloney, Gunhild Enger, Georgi M. Unkovski, Zach Woods, Kerli Kirch Schneider, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson.

Shorts 7: Evidence of Things Unseen (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, United States
English, Zulu  
Streaming SOLD OUT

This program showcases the talents of Black filmmakers from across the diaspora, painting a sweeping image of Black life in the United States and abroad. A collection of varied genres and styles, these films are reflective, observant, and sometimes hilarious. Featuring works by Terrance Day, Nico Opper and Shannon St. Aubin, Kantarama Gahigiri, Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka, Tebogo Malebogo, and Pat Heywood and Jamil McGinnis.

Shorts 8: Realms Unknown (Experimental)

Various  |   Belgium, Greece, Russia, United States
English, Greek, Russian  
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This collection of aesthetically bold works envisions new worlds both personal and cosmic. Masterfully crafted and elegantly composed, these experiments in science fiction embark on an odyssey toward the outer reaches of human experience and cinema. Featuring works by Jacqueline Lentzou, Dorian Jespers, and Ben Rivers.

Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)

Various  |   Belgium, Brazil, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United States
English, French  
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Outrageous animals, sentimental memories, and mysterious creatures are featured in this program of animated films. From stop-motion wonders to handdrawn oddities, this collection is hilarious, sentimental, and sweet. Featuring works by Taylor Meacham, Benoit Chieux, Gil Alkabetz, Helena Hilario and Mario Pece, Atsushi Wada, Cristina Vilches Estella and Paloma Canonica, Marjolaine Perreten, and Aline Höchli.

Shorts: Best of the Fest

Various  |   Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States
Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish  
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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.

Sleep Schlaf

Michael Venus  |   Germany
Family Affairs, Horror
German  
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After a woman’s recurring nightmares send her on a search for answers, both she and her daughter find themselves drawn to a hotel where they become trapped in a web of unsettling visions as dreams and reality collide. A horror-tinged thriller that channels Grimms’ Fairy Tales by way of David Lynch.

“Somewhere in Time” [Short Film] مكان في الزمن

Nawaf Al Janahi  |  United Arab Emirates
No Dialogue  

An abandoned old man is adrift in his apartment as he battles death with a beautiful memory.

“Souvenir” [Short Film]

Vilches Estella, Paloma Canonica  |  Spain
No Dialogue  

Souvenir uses beautiful stop-motion animation to tell the story of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary journey through their memories.

The Special Especial

Ignacio Márquez  |  Venezuela, United States
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
Spanish  
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In this deftly told and uplifting debut, a profoundly charming young man must navigate the challenges of early adulthood with Down Syndrome as he seeks to build a life of independence from his troubled father. Long separated by an ocean of silence and shame, will the two men be able to assemble a common future?

“Spotted Yellow” [Short Film] Zarde khaldar

Baran Sarmad  |  Iran
Persian  

A young girl with a yellow spot on her face begins to understand what it means to be a giraffe.

Spring Blossom 16 Printemps

Suzanne Lindon  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
French  
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Writer-director Suzanne Lindon delivers an astonishingly assured turn as a restless Parisian teen bored by her peers and confronting her burgeoning sexuality. She embarks on a love affair with an actor 20 years her senior—only to wonder if the more innocent pleasures of youth are passing her by.

“Step Into the River” [Short Film] He An

Weijia Ma  |  China, France
Chinese  

A sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

“Sticker” [Short Film]

Georgi M. Unkovski  |  Macedonia
Macedonian  

After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination.

Striding into the Wind Ye Ma Fen Zong

Wei Shujun  |   China
Coming of Age, Drama
Mandarin  
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Fed up with his final year at film school, skilled sound recordist Kun takes up with a student production and embarks on a journey of self-discovery across China’s lush, varied landscape. Featuring winning performances and directed with a wry emotional clarity, Striding into the Wind is a keenly-observed meditation on movies, modern China, and the meandering restlessness of youth.

“Stump the Guesser” [Short Film]

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson  |  Canada
English  

A vaudevillian showman embarks on an absurd quest to disprove the theory of heredity.

Summer of ’85 Été 85

François Ozon  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
French  
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After capsizing in a storm, teenage Alexis is rescued by the charismatic David, then seduced by his irresistible charm. But what begins as a carefree romance for Alex becomes something more sinister as demons from David’s past emerge. Inimitable French filmmaker François Ozon’s mesmerizing tale slowly builds and then races toward an inexorable conclusion.

“Sun Dog” [Short Film]

Dorian Jespers  |  Belgium, Russia
Russian  

Sun Dog follows the wanderings of a young locksmith living in a frozen city in the Russian Arctic. His surreal dreams corrode his relationship to reality and create a phantasmagoric universe.

Sweat

Magnus von Horn  |  Poland, Sweden
Drama, Sports
Polish  
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Loneliness and insecurity in the digital age are on full display in this candy-colored chronicle of three days in the life of social media celebrity Sylwia Zajac, a fitness instructor who documents her every move for her 600,000 followers. Will the sudden appearance of a stalker prompt Sylwia to reconsider her life lived fully online?

“Swipe Up, Vivian!” [Short Film]

Hannah Welever  |  United States
English  

A futuristic dating app becomes a lifeline for an agoraphobic woman.

Sylvie’s Love

Eugene Ashe  |   United States
Drama, Historical, Romance, Social Commentary
English  
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In Sylvie’s Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. When Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), the daughter of a record-shop owner (Lance Reddick), meets Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist who gets a part-time job at the shop, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion [...]

There Is No Evil Sheytan vojud nadarad

Mohammad Rasoulof  |  Germany, Czech Republic, Iran
Drama, Social Commentary
Farsi  
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Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival Four thematically connected, meticulously constructed stories follow characters whose decisions to carry out executions (or not) have life- and soul-altering consequences. Devoted family man Heshmat cares for his aging mother, wife, and daughter—but where does he go every morning before dawn? Young soldier Pouya, who has been assigned to the [...]

“They Salivate” [Short Film] Ils salivent

Ariane Boukerche  |  France
French  

A couple’s kiss becomes an unforgettable, hypnotic study of human relationships.

Things We Dare Not Do Cosas que no hacemos

Bruno Santamaria  |   Mexico
Documentary, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
Spanish  
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In the small town of El Roblito, 16-year-old Ñoño has a secret that runs counter to the local culture defined by machismo; he loves to dress in women’s clothes. This gorgeously photographed snapshot of rural Mexico tells the exquisite story of an individual who bravely defies the gender norms of their society.

“Tie” [Short Film] Elo

Alexandra Ramires  |  Portugal, France
No Dialogue  

Two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape.

The Ties

Daniele Luchetti  |  France, Italy
Drama, Family Affairs, Literary Adaptation
Italian  
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In early 1980s Naples, husband Aldo (Luigi Lo Cascio) confesses to wife Vanda (Alba Rohrwacher) that he’s been unfaithful, causing a rupture in their once-happy union. Their two young children, stuck firmly in the middle, bear the emotional fallout. But the ties that bind can be inescapable, even without love. Now, 30 years later, Aldo [...]

‘Til Kingdom Come

Maya Zinshtein  |  Israel, UK, Norway
Documentary, Political, Religion
Arabic, English, Hebrew  
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This riveting exposé investigates the unlikely connection between Jews and evangelical Christians in the U.S. and Israel, uncovering a shocking alliance rooted in apocalyptic prophecy and driven in unprecedented ways by Donald Trump’s White House.

“To: Gerard” [Short Film]

Taylor Meacham  |  United States
English  

A heartfelt story about the art of illusion and the magic of inspiring someone to follow their dreams.

Transoceánicas

Meritxell Colell & Lucia Vassallo  |  Spain, Argentina
Documentary
Spanish  
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A years-long correspondence between two filmmakers, this poetic, intimate work finds two friends separated by geography yet bound by their strong emotional connection and the art of the moving image. Meritxell Colell (Facing the Wind), who lives in Barcelona, and Buenos Aires-based Lucía Vassallo (Línea 137), share moments from their lives both beautiful and banal [...]

True Mothers Asa ga Kuru

Kawase Naomi  |   Japan
Drama, Family Affairs, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  
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After a long and painful struggle with infertility, Satoko and her husband Kiyokazu stumble across Baby Baton, a non-profit organization that matches couples who can't conceive with mothers who are unable to raise their children. Realizing that adoption could make their family whole, the couple soon brings home a son, little Asato. But six years [...]

Twilight’s Kiss Suk Suk

Ray Yeung  |   Hong Kong
Drama, LGBTQ, Romance
Cantonese  
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After a taxi driver and a retired single father meet, their budding, if hesitant, friendship unleashes a torrent of feelings that they’ve taken great pains to repress. As each casts back over his personal history, the promise of a loving future together takes hold.

“Umbrella” [Short Film]

Helena Hilario and Mario Pece  |  Brazil
English  

Inspired by true events, Umbrella tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella.

Under the Open Sky Subarashiki Sekai

Nishikawa Miwa  |   Japan
Crime, Drama, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  
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Hirokazu Kore-eda protégée Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor) returns to the Festival with her compassionate yet pointed chronicle of an ex-con’s rough re-entry into society. Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins, Shall We Dance?) delivers a nuanced lead performance as former Yakuza Mikami, who struggles to secure both employment and a new sense of self after years of incarceration.

Undine

Christian Petzold  |  Germany, France
Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
German  
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When the man she loves leaves her, Berlin city historian Undine (Paula Beer, Transit, Frantz) is confronted by the myth of the water nymph whose name she bears—is she truly fated to take the life of the one who betrayed her or can she reclaim her own destiny?

“The Unseen River” [Short Film] Giòng Sông Không Nhìn Thay

Phạm Ngọc Lân  |  Vietnam/Laos
Vietnamese  

An old woman visits an ex-lover while a sleepless young boy seeks the advice of a monk — a dreamy document of the rhythms of the Mekong.

“Virago” [Short Film]

Kerli Kirch Schneider  |  Estonia
Estonian  

The people of the village Virago brace themselves for an unusually perilous 40th birthday celebration.

“We Have One Heart” [Short Film]

Katarzyna Warzecha  |  Poland
Polish  

Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret.

“When I Write It” [Short Film]

Nico Opper, Shannon St. Aubin  |  United States
English  

A warm-hearted portrait of teenage summer days, When I Write It follows two young Oakland artists as they come to grips with the change all around them.

“When Two or Three” [Short Film]

Carmine Grimaldi  |  United States
English  

Profiling a pastor, his wife, and a dwindling congregation, When Two or Three is a picture of faith and the search for God in small-town Arizona.

“Why Slugs Have No Legs” [Short Film]

Aline Höchli  |  Switzerland
No Dialogue  

Slugs are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of the city insects. When the stock market hits rock bottom, the bees see only one solution.

The Woman Who Ran Domangchin yeoja

Hong Sangsoo  |   South Korea
Comedy, Family Affairs
Korean  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival Apart from her husband for the first time in years, Gamhee (played by inimitable Kim Minhee) has a series of encounters with friends both planned and by chance. Over the course of their conversations, details about her life and relationship with her spouse begin to emerge. Is she trying to [...]