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LIVE [short film]

  Mara Tamkovich

  Poland     13 minutes


Two women journalists attempting to broadcast from protest-filled Mink are targeted by a drone.

This film screens as part of Shorts 5: Moments (Drama)

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Collection of four tense film stills representing Shorts Program 5

Shorts 5: Moments (Drama)


  Croatia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, United States     85 minutes


These five shorts spanning five countries are bursting with precarious circumstances and unexpected happenings. Featuring works by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Mara Tamkovich, Tara Westwood, Lana Baric, and Pedro Cabeleira.

Lynn leaves her family behind to pursue her luck in the city as a country singer in The Headhunters Daughter (Philippines). In LIVE (Poland), two women journalists attempting to broadcast from protest-filled Mink are targeted by a drone. In Triggered (US) a US Senator faces her greatest challenge when a home invasion takes a shocking turn. An unexpected visit shakes up forty-year-old Željka’s quiet, isolated routine and transports her back into the past in Snow White (Croatia). Marcia, a young single mother, pursues her dream date in By Flavio (Portugal).

Screenings & Events


Sat, Oct 22 @ 4:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Live director Mara Tamkovich
*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 to stream anywhere in the United States.

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  Jerzy Skolimowski

  Poland, United Kingom, Italy     88 minutes


In this loving homage to Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar, the world is seen through the eyes of Eo, a sweet, sentient donkey. When the circus at which he performs shutters for good, Eo’s future is suddenly uncertain. Told through vignettes, the film chronicles the equine’s post-performing life as he journeys between ever-changing sets of new owners and unfamiliar circumstances, bearing witness to the best and worst of humankind. A superb, inventive visual style imagines Eo’s rich interior world and creates a powerfully sympathetic character from the animal’s silent, unknowable gaze. An elegant ode to the beauty of the natural world and mournful lament for humankind’s role in its slow destruction.

 English, French, Italian, Polish with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains scenes of animal violence.

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Screenings & Events


Wed, Oct 19 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7


Film Credits

  •   Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski, Eileen Tasca
  •   Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski
  •   Agnieszka Glińska
  •   Mirosław Koncewicz
  •   Michał Dymek
  •   Sandra Drzymalska, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Isabelle Huppert
  •   Radosław Ochnio
  •   Paweł Mykietyn
  •   Jeremy Thomas
  •   Skopia Film

Shorts: Best of the Fest


  Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States 94 minutes


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.

In “The End of Suffering (a proposal)” (Greece), a young  woman’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe. A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown in “Gramercy” (United States), where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in “We Have One Heart” (Poland). An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame in “How To Disappear” (Austria). “Tie” (Portgual, France) finds two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape. And “Step Into The River” (China, France) presents a sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

 Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish with subtitles 


Documentary Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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  Magnus von Horn

  Poland, Sweden 105 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

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

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Magnus von Horn


This insightful drama about loneliness and insecurity in the digital age chronicles three days in the candy-colored life of social media celebrity Sylwia Zajac. The beloved fitness instructor preaches positivity and acceptance to her 600,000 followers as she documents her every move, thought, and feeling. To the dismay of her sponsors, she holds back nothing from her fans—from her desire for a boyfriend to her family squabbles—and a video of her breaking down in tears goes viral. Will the sudden appearance of a stalker prompt Sylwia to reconsider her choices? Stage actress Magdalena Kolésnik delivers a mesmerizing turn as the self-obsessed internet star, exposing what it means to live a life online.

“There’s an inherent sensuality to Sylwia’s breathless assemblage of planks and pushups, but the balletic display buries the essence of the person beneath the surface.” –IndieWire

 Polish with subtitles