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Lies We Tell

  Lisa Mulcahy

  Ireland      2023    


Ireland, 1864. Newly orphaned heiress Maud becomes the ward of her distant Uncle Silas. She welcomes Silas and his children into her isolated manor but discovers that his intentions are far from benign as his chilling past comes into present focus. Up against escalating danger, Maud is determined to fight for her birthright to the bitter end in this white-knuckle, atmospheric thriller.

  90 minutes

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Friday Night Frights

  Australia, China, Ireland, Philippines, United States     5 shorts | 60 minutes


An array of frights await in this assortment of horror films. These shorts from around the world tap into our most primal fears and darkest secrets in unique, uncanny, and inventive ways.

Please note: Films in this program contain themes, images, and language that may not be suitable for all ages.


Claymation title card shows the words 'Artist on the go' on a painter's palette.

Artist on the Go! (DS Advanced Unreleased Gameplay)

Nathan William Frost | Montgomery, Illinois | Age 17

A surreal, nightmarish game in which the player (or the viewer) is confronted with abstract and frightening tasks to complete.

A stark black and white photo of a person's knees are shown from behind.

The Body

Justine Borlagdan | Philippines | Age 20

An abstract tone poem, which uses the human body as a landscape for a variety of sensations and processes.

A young Irish boy is holding a dead rat against a lush green environment in Ireland

Rat King

Róisín Leavy-Sahin | Ireland | Age 18

A young boy’s affinity for a dead rat brings dire consequences to himself and his local community.

A young religious woman places her hand on her heart.

The Veiling of a Heart

Jess Nipperess | Australia | Age 18

Devout Catholic Miriam is forced to choose between forbidden romance and religious obligation.

A silhouette of a person posing to the left of a blood stain and to the right of a drum set


Charlie Li | China | Age 23

An obsessive workaholic pits his wits against a loud drummer in a battle for peace and quiet.

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Odd, Very Odd

  Ireland, United Kingdom, United States     5 shorts | 45 minutes


Expect the unexpected in these colorful, wildly offbeat shorts. In this utterly unique showcase, a cast of eccentric characters (both on camera and behind it) will dash every expectation of tone, performance, and good taste– and you’ll be all the better for it.

Please note: Films in this program contain themes, images, and language that may not be suitable for all ages.


A young man and an older woman sit on the shore of a river beside a picnic basket.

Picnic in the Clouds

Malik Clyde Terrab | New Hampshire | Ages 20

After decades of marriage, Connie is ready to be rid of her husband George. She plans a special anniversary picnic accordingly.

A bearded man in a gray suit stands ominously behind a couch.

The Pilot

Max Hendrickson & Gerry Sweeney | Ireland | Age 18

A man enters a vaguely familiar sitcom apartment… with extremely unfamiliar results.

A man in old-timey clothes stands with a cardboard box in his hands under the awning of a house.

A Little Strange

Joanna Song | California | Age 20

Increasingly unsettling changes disrupt Ernest’s idyllic, repetitive life.

Old pictures and a ballet trophy sit on the shelf of a dance studio.


| United Kingdom | Age 20

A disgraced dancer returns to her former academy to set the record straight…and settle a score.

A young woman watches an opulently-dressed elderly woman from afar in the reflection of a mirror.

The Hive Wedding

Sam Kerns | Chicago | Age 22

Socialite Mizzy summons a host of eccentric friends and strangers to her family’s dilapidated nightclub for her wedding.

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A pale woman in a yellow dress looks over her shoulder, her black hair cascading down her back. A man stands behind her.

Poor Things

  Yorgos Lanthimos

  United States, United Kingdom, Ireland     141 minutes


From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

headshot: Holly WaddingtonTribute to Holly Waddington

This screening includes an in-person tribute to costume designer Holly Waddington and presentation of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Tour de Force Award.

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Film Credits

  •   Ed Guiney p.g.a., Andrew Lowe p.g.a., Yorgos Lanthimos p.g.a., Emma Stone p.g.a.
  •   Tony McNamara
  •   Yorgos Mavropsaridis, ACE
  •   Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC
  •   Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbot, Suzy Bemba, Jerrod Charmichael, Kathryn Hunter, Vicki Pepperdine, Margaret Qualley, Hanna Schygulla
  •   Jerskin Fendrix
  •   Element Pictures


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Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody

  Aodh Ó Coileáin

  Ireland      2020    


Nestled along Ireland’s Western coast, Galway holds a magnetic attraction for artists of all stripes. Through a series of interviews with writers, musicians, poets, and painters, Cumar ( Irish for “confluence”) crafts a portrait of the metropolis as seen through the eyes of its artists. This visually sumptuous, reflective ode to the city itself explores Galway’s rich history of artistic excellence and its enduring influence on its residents.

 English, Irish with subtitles 
  72 minutes

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