Decision to Leave Heojil Kyolshim
Following the grisly death of her husband, Seo-rae (Tang-Wei) fails to show the typical signs of grief, prompting crackerjack investigator Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) to consider her a suspect in the man’s murder. Over the course of a series of stakeouts and interrogations, Hae-joon is increasingly drawn to his magnetic, mysterious target. Is the ace detective falling in love, or into a trap? At once a masterfully-crafted police procedural and an incisive meditation on the nature of love and identity, Decision to Leave is a tour-de-force of neo-noir filmmaking. Hitchcockian to its core, the film’s gleefully twisting plot keeps audiences (and its characters) guessing as it spirals toward an epic conclusion. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, veteran auteur Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) expertly weaves together each intriguing thread as he spins this haunting tapestry of murder, madness, and deceit.
Screenings & Events
Fri, Oct 14 @ 8:00pm CDT
at AMC River East, Screen 7
Mon, Oct 17 @ 8:15pm CDT
at AMC River East, Screen 7
- Park Chan-wook, Ko Dae-seok
- Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook
- Kim Sang-bum
- Kim Ji-yong
- Tang Wei, Park Hae-il
- Cho Young-wuk
- Moho Films
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.
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Shorts 2: Disconnect the Dots (Animation)
Surreal visions, distant memories, and fantastic underworlds teem with life in this program of animated films from around the world. A wide variety of styles gives voice to the depth and wonder of memory, character and landscape. Featuring works by Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten, Frédéric Schuld, Alberto Vázquez, Josephine Lohoar Self, Weija Ma, Alexandra Ramires, and Renee Zhan.
Pilar (The Netherlands/Belgium) is a stunning hand-painted animation about a woman fascinated with the wilderness beyond the walls of her post-apocalyptic village. A British chimney sweeper describes his exploitive everyday routine forcing children to become workers in the beautifully hand-drawn The Chimney Swift (Germany). Homeless Home (Spain) employs expressive, detailed animation to depict characters adrift and alone in a dark fantasy world. Michael, a gay mouse in his twenties, sees an old jacket and begins to sorrowfully reminisce in the stop-motion The Fabric of You (UK). Step into the River (China) is a sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s onechild policy. In Tie (Portugal/France), two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape. A wild blend of animation styles and techniques depict a young woman afraid of losing everything in the cosmic ode, O Black Hole! (UK)