First Look at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

First Look at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

We’re excited to announce the Chicago International Film Festival will return to theatrical, outdoor, and virtual screens for its 57th edition from October 13 – 24, 2021!

This year the 57th Chicago International Film Festival expands throughout Chicago with presentations at venues across the city, including at AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; the Gene Siskel Film Center; and special drive-in presentations at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen; as well as offering virtual screenings via the Festival’s streaming platform. Additional neighborhood pop-up screening events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full film lineup for the Festival will be announced on Monday, September 20. For now, preview our first announced titles below!

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An old 4-story European building in a city with a sign on top that reads "The French Dispatch"

Opening Night

The French Dispatch

Dir. Wes Anderson | United States

On the occasion of the death of their beloved editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., staffers of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convene to write his obituary. Memories of the Kansas-born Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,” about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers; “Revisions to a Manifesto,” a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,” a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining. Featuring an all-star cast (Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson), The French Dispatch is yet another wondrous and inspired tale from the visionary mind of award-winning filmmaker Wes Anderson.

A father reads to a child in bed


C’mon C’mon

Dir. Mike Mills | United States

Joaquin Phoenix, in a remarkably warm, sympathetic performance, plays Johnny, a restless radio documentary producer who flies across the country to visit his sister (Gaby Hoffmann) in hopes of reconnecting with his family. When an emergency forces his young nephew (Woody Norman) into his care, the two begin to form a tenuous but transformational relationship. From writer-director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) comes a deeply moving story about the connections between generations, understanding the past, and facing the future.

Special Presentation


Dir. Kenneth Branagh
United Kingdom

Special Presentation


Dir. Rebecca Hall
United States

Special Presentation

The Velvet Underground

Dir. Todd Haynes
United States

Official Selection

Citizen Ashe

Dirs. Rex Miller & Sam Pollard
United States

World Premiere

Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Dir. Joe Winston
United States



Dir. Michael Pearce
United States, United Kingdom

Special Presentation

The Harder They Fall

Dir. Jeymes Samuel
United States

World Premiere

Mayor Pete

Dir. Jesse Moss
United States

Special Presentation

The Power of the Dog

Dir. Jane Campion
United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand

Health and Safety Protocols

Full vaccination or negative Covid-19 PCR test result is required to attend the Chicago International Film Festival. Full vaccination means you have received a second dose of an authorized two-dose vaccine, or a single-dose vaccine, approved for full or emergency use from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), at least 14 days prior to the date of the event. As an alternative to proof of vaccination, you may gain entry by presenting a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event.

Vaccination policies and testing protocols will also extend to Festival staff, volunteers, and filmmakers.

Learn more about our safety protocols…