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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

Special Guests*: Director Ann Oren
*Subject to change

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 3:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Ann Oren
*Subject to change

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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Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  Antonio Lukich

  Ukraine     106 minutes

Synopsis

In childhood, mischievous twin brothers Kolya and Vasily were inseparable. They lived with the assurance that, whenever they got into hot water, their well-connected petty gangster father would bail them out. As adults, things couldn’t be more different. Straight-laced Vasily is a  police officer, while mercurial Kolya makes ends meet as a bus driver and pot pusher. Their divergent paths merge when they receive an out-of-the-blue phone call notifying them that their father, who abandoned the family long ago, has been found dead in Luxembourg. Inspired by true events from the director’s own life, the film finds warmth and humor in the brothers’ journey as together they must find a way to come to terms with their complicated legacy.

 German, Ukrainian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 6:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Vladimir Yatsenko, Anna Yatsenko
  •   Antonio Lukich
  •   Olexander Chorny, Ivan Bannikov, Olexander Legostaev
  •   Vlad Odudenko
  •   Misha Lubarsky
  •   Amil Nasirov, Ramil Nasirov
  •   Sergiy Stepansky, Oleksandr Verkhovynets
  •   ForeFilms

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The Natural History of Destruction

  Sergei Loznitsa

  Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands     112 minutes

Synopsis

In a quaint peaceful European town, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop along the cobblestone streets, while children enjoy snacks by a Gothic fountain, and an old man plays a folk song on a clarinet. Only later does it become clear that the picturesque scene is one from Nazi Germany—and soon bombs begin raining down, their explosions a flurry of flashes against the night sky. Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s treatise and created entirely from archival footage, The Natural History of Destruction mounts a harrowing critique of the killing of civilian populations during war-time—as seen in the devastation unleashed across both England and Germany during WWII. Ukrainian-raised Cannes-winning filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, Donbass) returns to the Festival after last year’s winner Babi Yar. Context with another brilliantly edited, immaculately restored, and exquisitely sound-designed clarion call, as tragically urgent today as the missiles continue to fall.

 English, German with subtitles 

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This film contains scenes of violence.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Regina Bouchehri, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
  •   Danielius Kokanauskis
  •   Christiaan Verbeek
  •   LOOKSfilm, Studio Uljana Kim, ATOMS & VOID

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Corsage

  Marie Kreutzer

  Austria, France, Germany     113 minutes

Synopsis

Award-winning actress Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) delivers a tour-de-force performance as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known to many as Sissi, in a witty, unconventional costume drama that sees the frustrated royal yearning to break free from both the constraints of her courtly obligations and her reputation as a fashionable beauty. Having turned 40, the Empress begins lacing her corsets ever tighter to maintain her public image even as she grows ever more resentful of her declining political influence. Departing 1877 Vienna, she embarks on a tour of England and Bavaria visiting former lovers, in hopes of reclaiming some of the vitality of her youth and hatching a plan to protect her legacy. A bold departure from earlier films about one of Austria’s most famous figures, Corsage is a timely reflection on a woman’s perceived social worth and struggle for agency and autonomy.

 English, French, German, Hungarian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 2:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz
  •   Marie Kreutzer
  •   Ulrike Kofler
  •   Judith Kaufmann BVK
  •   Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Katharina Lorenz, Jeanne Werner, Alma Hasun, Manuel Rubey, Finnegan Oldfield, Aaron Friesz, Rosa Hajjaj, Lilly Marie Tschörtner, Colin Morgan
  •   Nicolas Leroy, Angelo Dos Santos
  •   Camille
  •   Vicky Krieps
  •   Film AG

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl

  Caroline Link

  Germany      2019    

Synopsis

In this sensitive adaptation of Judith Kerr’s internationally acclaimed autobiographical classic, nine-year-old Anna finds the world shift dramatically around her in 1933 Berlin. When her father, a high-profile Jewish theater critic, abruptly flees to Zurich to escape the Nazis, the family scrambles to follow, leaving everything and everyone behind⁠—from a beloved nanny and friends to cherished toys. A new life filled with challenges and privations, met with persistence and triumphs, lies ahead.

 English, French, German, Swiss-German with subtitles 
  119 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Tue, May 24 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting May 9 or available at the door (subject to availability).

Post-Screening Discussion

Post-screening discussion with Prof. Sara Hall, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Chair of the Minor in Moving Image Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago

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