Film Venues Archives: AMC River East 21

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Before, Now & Then Nana

  Kamila Andini

  Indonesia     103 minutes

Synopsis

In 1960s Indonesia, middle-aged Nana finds herself in an untenable situation. Wrestling with trauma over having lost her family to war in West Java, she has embarked on a new chapter with a wealthy second husband, but their unsatisfying union has left her feeling alone and adrift. She ultimately finds connection in the most unexpected of places, developing a close bond with her husband’s mistress. Together, the pair set out to discover a new sort of freedom and intimacy beyond the confines of a smothering patriarchal society. Star Happy Salma is a revelation as Nana, a dignified woman concealing her pain and frustration behind a mask of calm serenity. With a memorable score, distinctive camerawork, and expressive color palette Kamila Andini’s film has earned comparisons to Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, but the feminist period drama has a dreamy, rapturous quality all its own.

 Indonesian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

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

  •   Suma Adiwinata, Gita Fara, Ifa Isfansyah
  •   Kamila Andini
  •   Ahmad Fesdi Anggoro
  •   Batara Goempar
  •   Happy Salma, Laura Basuki
  •   Fourcoulours Films, Titimangsa Foundation
  •   https://filmmovement.com/before-now-then

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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The Big Payback

  Erika Alexander & Whitney Dow

  United States     92 minutes

Synopsis

In 2021, Evanston, Illinois became the first city in the United States to approve a reparations program for some of its Black residents. How did it get there? Captivating and urgent, The Big Payback follows the dramatic journey of rookie Alderman Robin Rue Simmons as she fights to redress the wrongs of “redlining” and the legacy of slavery. Filmmakers Erika Alexander (John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jaspar) chart Simmons’ emotional and political path from the onset of the pandemic through the racial protests of 2020, as she faces detractors who criticize her legislation for doing too little and supporters who herald the bill as an important first step into the future. An inspiring story of the early signals of seismic change, one citizen and then one city at a time.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 1:00pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum

Special Guests*: Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons
*Subject to change

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons
*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

  •   Ben Arnon, Xan Parker, Erika Alexander, Whitney Dow
  •   Melissa Neidich, Chistopher Nizza
  •   Margaret Byrne, Kevin Shaw, Brett Wiley, Keith Walker
  •   Tom Efinger
  •   Adrian Younge
  •   Katy Barksdale, Joy Ann Reid, Jason Reid, Marco Williams, Adrienne Becker, Jedd Canty, Dara Canty, Spring Point Partners
  •   Color Farm Media, Feral Films, Reversal Pictures

Sponsors

Film Sponsor

Logo: CMP 273x75

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

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The Blue Caftan

  Maryam Touzani

  France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark     122 minutes

Synopsis

Sensual, arresting, and graceful, The Blue Caftan tells the story of Halim, a master tailor, who spends his days in the back of his shop making beautiful, hand-embroidered caftans. Dedicated to keeping a dying tradition alive, he labors over every stitch to meet his own high standards of perfection, while his wife Mina deals with the customers and the store’s day-to-day business. Their quiet life of routine is thrown off-kilter when Halim reluctantly takes on the earnest if inexperienced Youssef as an apprentice to keep up with orders. The two work together intimately and begin to form a tentative bond that extends beyond that of student and mentor, ever fearful that their mutual attraction will be found out. Director Maryam Touzani captures each tender touch and subtle glance in this visually breathtaking, intensely sympathetic reflection on adoration, love, and longing.

Winner

58th Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo: Best Director. Learn more…

 Arabic with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Accessibility options for this screening:
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Media

Film Credits

  •   Nabil Ayouch
  •   Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
  •   Nicolas Rumpl
  •   Virginie Surdej
  •   Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
  •   Nassim El Mounabbih
  •   Les films du nouveau monde, Ali n’ Productions, Velvet Films, Snowglobe

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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Broker

  Hirokazu Kore-eda

  South Korea     129 minutes

Synopsis

Under the dark cover of a stormy night, young mother So-young hesitantly places an infant in a “baby box,” a safe and anonymous place to leave children whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them. But adoption is big business, and so is baby trafficking.

Saddled with substantial debt, laundry shop owner Sang-hyun enlists the help of Dong-soo, who works in the baby box facility, to abduct the newborn. When a regretful So-young returns the next day to reclaim her child, she realizes what they are up to. Instead of going to the police, she joins the men, and the three set out, with baby in tow, to find the perfect (and well-paying) parents. Meanwhile, the police are onto their racket, as two female detectives tail close behind. Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, The Shoplifters) returns to the Festival with this ever-perceptive, unassuming inquiry into the nature of a “found family”—an unusual odyssey that brims with heartbreak, empathy, and ultimately hope.

 Korean with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Eugene Lee
  •   Hirokazu Kore-eda
  •   Hirokazu Kore-eda
  •   Mok Won Lee
  •   Kyung Pyo Hong
  •   Kang Ho Song, Dong Won Gang, Doona Bae, Ji Eun Lee, Joo Young Lee
  •   Tae Young Choi
  •   Jae II Jung
  •   Miky Lee, Ho Sung Kang
  •   ZIP CINEMA, CJ ENM

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Burning Days Kurak Günler

  Emin Alper

  Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia     130 minutes

Synopsis

After arriving in the drought-plagued rural outpost of Balkaya, by-the-book prosecutor Emre slowly begins to realize that he has been sent into a viper’s nest of corruption and scandal. Although he is hesitant to accept an invitation to dinner at the mayor’s residence, Emre eventually allows himself to be persuaded to attend, lest he offend the chummy official. But after waking up in the morning with little recollection of the events of the previous evening, he learns, to his horror, that a young Romany woman was assaulted on the premises. Emre embarks on an investigation that tests his own moral character as it threatens to reveal a secret of his own. Handsomely photographed, this crackling, politically-minded thriller also serves as a powerful cautionary tale of ascendant homophobia and populist attitudes gaining ground throughout the world.

 Turkish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 5:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay
  •   Emin Alper
  •   Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker
  •   Ceyda Yüceer
  •   Christos Karamanis (GSC)
  •   Selahatti̇n Paşali, Eki̇n Koç, Erol Babaoğlu, Erdem Şenocak, Seli̇n Yeni̇nci̇
  •   Krešimir Rodic
  •   Stefan Will
  •   Ay Yapim, Liman Film

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation