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The Chicago International Film Festival honors the work of incomparable film artists from across genres and disciplines.


Sunday, October 18 @ 5:00pm
This program is free and open to the public.

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Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her resumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Winslet’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history.

At the age of seventeen, Winslet made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, quickly followed in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. Winslet received her first Academy Award® nomination for this performance—she’s been nominated for a total of seven Oscars, winning the best actress statuette for her role as Hannah Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 drama The Reader. She’s been equally lauded for her work on the small screen, winning Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and SAG Awards as Best Actress in 2010 for her performance in the title role in HBO’s five-part miniseries Mildred Pierce.

She’s also delivered memorable performances in such films as Jude, Hamlet, Titanic, Hideous Kinky, Holy Smoke, Iris, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Contagion, and Steve Jobs, among many others.

Her latest feature, the striking historical romance Ammonite, sees Winslet take on the role of fossil hunter Mary Anning who finds an unlikely soulmate in the wife of a wealthy aristocrat (Saorise Ronan), which screens as a special presentation at the Festival this year. We are honored to pay tribute to Winslet’s singular body of work and extraordinary career.


Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:00pm

Rachel Brosnahan is the Emmy® Award-winning actress and producer best known for her leading role in the critically acclaimed Amazon Studios series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. With her starring turn in filmmaker Julia Hart’s feminist-minded thriller I’m Your Woman—screening as part of the Festival’s International Competition—she’s poised for further cinematic success, breaking new ground as a 1970s suburban housewife who finds herself on a perilous journey through the criminal underworld. On stage, Brosnahan made her Broadway debut in 2013 in The Big Knife opposite Bobby Cannavale, and she starred as Desdemona in Sam Gold’s off-Broadway production of Othello opposite Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.

Join us for a special, in-depth conversation with this versatile performer (and Highland Park native) as we look back at the earliest days of her career: from her Emmy®-nominated breakout role as Rachel Posner in Netflix’s House of Cards, to her latest projects and the work she does behind-the-camera to bring dynamic, women-centric stories to the screen.

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Artistic Achievement Award GIANFRANCO ROSI

Saturday, October 24 @ 2pm
In conversation with filmmaker Robert Greene (Bisbee ’17)

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Nominated for an Oscar® for his 2017 documentary Fire at Sea, a compelling and elegiac snapshot of the global refugee crisis that played at the Festival in 2017, Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi has been creating unique works of nonfiction art for more than two decades. The only filmmaker to win top awards at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals with a documentary, Rosi’s image-making sublimely bridges reality and poetry. From his debut feature Below Sea Level, set in the deserts of California, to his recent masterpiece Notturno, filmed across Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and Lebanon and screening at this year’s Festival, Rosi creates a profoundly political cinema intensified by the lyricism and intimacy of his cinematography. His work brings us closer to those too often forgotten—the people who have been left behind in the wake of the world’s strife.

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