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EO

  Jerzy Skolimowski

  Poland, United Kingom, Italy     88 minutes

Synopsis

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

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

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

  Various

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

Synopsis

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 

Sponsors

Documentary Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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Sweat

  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

Synopsis

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 

Media

Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

  Various

  Austria, Hong Kong, Morocco, Poland, United Kingdom, United States 93 minutes

Synopsis

Personal, political, philosophical, and emotional, this collection of films showcases the very best in documentary form—from essayistic meditations to vérité assemblages and deeply-felt human portraits. Featuring works by Kanas Liu, Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, Katarzyna Warzecha, Carmine Grimaldi, Erica Beebe, and Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf.

Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades (Hong Kong) is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity. Huntsville Station (U.S.) observes the comings and goings of a Greyhound station near Huntsville State Penitentiary—the first stop for inmates released on parole. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in the emotional animated We Have One Heart (Poland). Profiling a pastor, his wife, and a dwindling congregation, When Two or Three (U.S.) is a picture of faith and the search for God in small-town Arizona. Radia (UK) is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances  prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination. How to Disappear (Austria) contemplates the act of desertion within the world of a videogame.

 Cantonese, Darija, English, Polish with subtitles 

Sponsors

Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

“We Have One Heart” [Short Film]

  Katarzyna Warzecha

  Poland 11 minutes

Watch Info

This film is available as part of Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

Synopsis

Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret.

 Polish with subtitles 

Sponsors

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Documentary Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)