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Action [short film]

  Benoît Monney

  Switzerland     5 minutes

Synopsis

A film director struggles through a day of chaotic, unforeseen problems.

This film screens as part of Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)

 English, French 

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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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Piaffe

  Ann Oren

  Germany     86 minutes

Synopsis

After commercial Foley artist Zara is hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, her introverted sister Eva is thrust into her demanding job and becomes obsessed with creating the perfect sound effects for a spot featuring a horse. As Eva immerses herself more deeply into the craft, her body transforms in fantastical and unexpected ways. Invigorated and empowered by the changes to her physical form, she begins to explore newly awakened desires. Shot on stunningly vivid 16mm and featuring a hypnotic sound design, director Ann Oren describes her fiction debut best: “A love letter to the less recognized magicians of cinema and a playful celebration of otherness, Piaffe is an opportunity for viewers to see with their bodies and touch with their eyes.”

 English, German with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 3:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Kristof Gerega, Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried
  •   Ann Oren, Thais Guisasola
  •   Ann Oren, Haim Tabakman
  •   Ilaria Di Carlo
  •   Carlos Vasquez
  •   Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph
, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau
  •   Danylo Okulov
  •   Munsha, äbvsd, VTSS
  •   Schuldenberg Films

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Return to Seoul Retour à Séoul

  Davy Chou

  South Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, Quatar     115 minutes

Synopsis

After an impulsive travel decision to visit friends, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. Freddie suddenly finds herself embarking on an unexpected journey in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new directions.

 English, French, Korean with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Film Credits

  •   Charlotte Vincent, Katia Khazak
  •   Davy Chou
  •   Dounia Sichov
  •   Thomas Favel
  •   Ji-min Park, Kwang-Rok Oh, Guka Han, Sun-Young Kim, Yoann Zimmer, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Ouk-Sook Hur, Émeline Briffaud, Cheol-Hyun Lim, Seung-Beom Son, Dong-Seok Kim
  •   Vincent Villa
  •   Ha Min-Ho, Davy Chou
  •   Aurora Films
  •   https://www.sonyclassics.com/film/returntoseoul/

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The March on Rome Marcia su Roma

  Mark Cousins

  Italy     98 minutes

Synopsis

For his latest absorbing inquiry into the history and power of the moving image, director Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) delves into Italy’s film archives to expose the machinations and faulty foundations of fascism. His focus is the infamous 1923 propaganda film A Noi, which was produced as the Italian Fascist Party’s official document of its “March on Rome.” Dissecting the film frame by frame and exposing its sleight of hand, Cousins reveals how the film tried to write history, sometimes ominously and often quite clumsily, eventually losing its sway on its intended viewers, as reflected in short fictionalized scenes with an Italian citizen of the time (played by Alba Rohrwacher). With Cousins’ characteristically witty and insightful narration as our guide, March on Rome is both a riveting analysis of the allure of cinema and a timely, provocative account of the politics of manipulation that persist today.

 English, Italian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 2:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 3:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra
  •   Timo Langer
  •   Mark Cousins, Timoty Aliprandi
  •   Alba Rohrwacher
  •   Stefano Di Fiore
  •   Antonio Badalamenti, Andrea Romeo
  •   Palomar SPA