Film Venues Archives: Gene Siskel Film Center

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The Killing of a Journalist

  Matt Sarnecki

  Denmark, United States, Czech Republic     100 minutes

Synopsis

In this gripping political conspiracy docu-thriller, Chicago-born, Bucharest-based filmmaker Matt Sarnecki tracks the story of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnirova, who were brutally murdered in Slovakia in 2018. Following the trail of evidence uncovered by Kuciak’s colleagues, the film traces the mob-style hit to a brazen oligarch closely connected to the highest echelons of Slovakia’s ruling government. Drawing comparisons to last year’s Oscar-nominated Collective and this year’s documentary hit Navalny, The Killing of a Journalist offers both a shocking look at the widespread corruption that exists in Eastern Europe and an inspiring tribute to the power of the press and social protest to affect change.

 English, Slovak with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Matt Sarnecki
*Subject to change

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Director Matt Sarnecki
*Subject to change
Accessibility options for this screening:
  • Assistive Listening Devices available
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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

Sponsors

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:
  • Assistive Listening Devices available
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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