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Vicenta B

  Carlos Lechuga

  Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway     77 minutes

Synopsis

Vicenta is a Cuban santera who possesses the gifts of being able to see into the future and communicate with spirits. She lives harmoniously with her only son, and has loyal customers who come to her for spiritual guidance. When Vicenta’s son decides to leave the country in search of opportunity, she suddenly finds herself deep in a crisis of her own belief—the spirits are no longer speaking to her. Vicenta embarks on a journey to hear the spirits once more, confronted by her solitude in a country where it seems that everyone is losing their faith. Carlos Lechuga (Melaza, Santa & Andrés) returns to the Festival with this lyrical and meditative study of faith, tradition, and human connection.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 6:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Claudia Calviño, Samuel Chauvin, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Consuelo Castillo, Dag Hoel, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Fabián Suárez, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Joanna Montero
  •   Alexis Álvarez Armas
  •   Denise Guerra
  •   Linnett Hernández Valdés, Pedro Martínez, Mireya Chapman, Ana Flavia Ramos, Eduardo Martínez, Aimee Despaigne
  •   Velia Diaz de Villalvilla, Daniel "Gato" Garcés Najar
  •   Santiago Barbosa Cañon
  •   Claudia Calviño
  •   Cacha Films, Promenades Films, Motto Pictures, DAG HOEL FILMPRODUKSJON, Romeo

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The Visitors Návštěvníci

  Veronika Lišková

  Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia     85 minutes

Synopsis

After a young Czech anthropologist, Zdenka, moves with her family to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to study how life is changing for this unique polar community, she quickly falls in love with her new home. But all is not sweeping Arctic beauty and quiet serenity in one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas. Besides the threat of melting glaciers and thinning permafrost, Zdenka soon discovers a central tenant of Svalbard’s social policy—which allows citizens from all over the world to work there without a visa—is fueling deep-seated tensions in the area. With a mixture of beautiful Nordic vistas and icy psychological conflict, The Visitors is a remarkably prescient and humanistic story illuminating how the climate crisis, economics, and immigration are inextricably intertwined.

 Czech, English, Norwegian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Veronika Lišková
*Subject to change

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 1:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Veronika Lišková
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Kristýna Michálek Květová, Martina Netíková
  •   Veronika Lišková
  •   Marek Šulík
  •   Vojtěch Vančura
  •   Zdenka Sokolíčková, Jakub Žárský, Josef Žárský, Vratislav Žárský, Adam Žárský
  •   Jakub Jurásek, Jan Richtr
  •   Jana Winderen, Jonatán Pastirčák
  •   Cinémotif Films, Ten Thousand Images, Peter Kerekes

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A Human Position

  Anders Emblem

  Norway     79 minutes

Synopsis

Working as a journalist in a sleepy, seaside town, Asta has grown tired of covering the uneventful goings-on—recovering from an unnamed trauma, she is looking for meaning in her life and work. When a story about the deportation of a local asylum seeker comes across her desk, Asta is inspired to uncover the truth. The more she learns, the more the case begins to alter every facet of her personal and professional life. Effortlessly loose and appealingly low-key, A Human Position recalls the work of Jim Jarmusch as it finds profound meaning in everyday objects and situations. Careful, stunning compositions and detailed design perfectly echo Asta’s internal struggle.

 Norwegian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 4:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Anders Emblem
*Subject to change

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Anders Emblem
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Anders Emblem, Stian Skjelstad
  •   Anders Emblem
  •   Anders Emblem
  •   Brynhild Dagslott
  •   Michael Mark Lanham
  •   Amalie Ibsen Jensen, Maria Agwumaro
  •   Eirik Slinning Korsnes
  •   Vesterhavet

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The Kings of the World Los reyes del mundo

  Laura Mora

  Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France     103 minutes

Synopsis

Streetwise teen Rá receives a long-awaited letter from the government certifying his rightful inheritance of family land snatched away decades earlier by paramilitary groups. Intoxicated by the prospect of a place to finally call home, he gathers his found family of brothers—five boys scavenging on the streets of Medellin—and together they embark on a journey across a landscape whose lush forests and inveigling mists conceal a pandemic of pervasive violence. Along the way, they encounter others inhabiting the margins of a society in turmoil, who alternatively offer lessons in courage and kindness, brutality and greed. Swinging between unbridled delirium and bitter reality, Roger Ebert Award-winning director Laura Mora’s (Killing Jesus) kaleidoscopic road movie follows an at-once surreal and perilous odyssey into the legacies of violence in contemporary Colombia.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Cristina Gallego, Mirlanda Torres Zapata
  •   Laura Mora, María Camila Arias
  •   Sebastián Hernández, Gustavo Vasco
  •   Daniel Rincón
  •   David Gallego A.D.F.C.
  •   Carlos Andrés Castañeda, Davidson Andrés Flores, Brahian Stiven Acevedo, Cristian Camilo David Mora, Cristian David Campaña, Laura Mora
  •   Carlos E. García
  •   Leo Heiblum, Alexis Ruiz
  •   Ciudad Lunar, La Selva Cine, Iris Productions, Tu Vas Voir, Talipot Studio, Mer Films, Caracol TV

‘Til Kingdom Come

  Maya Zinshtein

  Israel, UK, Norway 76 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Maya Zinshtein, producer Abie Troen, and Yael Eckstein, President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Synopsis

Emmy-winning Israeli filmmaker Maya Zinshtein (Forever Pure) returns to the Festival with this riveting exposé that investigates the unlikely connection between Jews and evangelical Christians in the U.S. and Israel, and the startling hypocrisy at its core. From conversations with a devout pastor and his congregation in rural Kentucky to meetings with religious leaders in Washington D.C. and Israel, Zinshtein closely follows Chicago native Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the influential advocacy group the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, in her fundraising and coalition-building efforts. What she uncovers is a shocking alliance rooted in apocalyptic prophecy and driven in unprecedented ways by Donald Trump’s White House.

 Arabic, English, Hebrew with subtitles 

Media

Sponsors

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