Free Films – Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings

May 22 – Sept 25, 2024

Summer Screenings

Free films all summer long

Summer Screenings is Cinema/Chicago’s annual free film series that casts a spotlight on a different country’s national cinema each week all summer.

Celebrating films from women directors!

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Women in Cinema 60

In celebration of the 60th Chicago International Film Festival, this year’s Summer Screenings draws on our rich history of programming women-directed films by showcasing new or little-seen work from our distinguished roster of Festival alumnae.

Featuring an eclectic mix of films and genres, from an off-beat collection of animated shorts and riveting family dramas to witty social satires and fiery historical musicals, the program is a dynamic exploration of incredible films made by women from around the globe.

Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Free Tickets

All Summer Screenings films are free and open to the public.

Tickets are released every Monday at 10 a.m. for the following week’s film. Seating is general and on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house. Admission is not guaranteed.

If the event is sold out online (rush only), pick up a numbered rush card at the screening. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Open seats will be made available to Rush Card holders at 6:15 p.m. Subject to availability.


All Summer Screenings venues are fully wheelchair accessible and both venues have a limited number of Assistive Listening Devices available.

Wheelchair and companion seating reservations, interpreter requests, and other accommodation requests can be made through our accommodation request form. Learn more and request accommodations…

Screening Venues

Exterior of the Chicago History museum on a sunny summer day

May 22 – July 2, 2024

Screenings will take place at:
Chicago History Museum
McCormick Theater
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
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Exterior of the Chicago Cultural Center

July 10 – Sept 25, 2024

Screenings will take place at:
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E Washington St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
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2024 Summer Screenings Schedule

Wed, Jul 24 @ 6:30pm

South Korea | 2022

Next Sohee Daeum Sohee

Dir. July Jung

Sohee, an overachieving high schooler, is optimistic about her future. After accepting an internship at a call center, she’s thrown into a chaotic world of grueling hours, crippling expectations, and low pay. Under mounting pressure, she takes her own life. Police detective Yoo-Jin begins an all-consuming investigation into Sohee’s tragic death. This ripped-from-the-headlines social procedural is a gripping condemnation of modern working culture.

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Wed, Jul 31 @ 6:30pm

Mexico | 2019

The Chambermaid La camarista

Dir. Lila Aviles

Eve is invisible—as a maid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, it’s her job to stay out of sight. Long hours leave her dreaming of a better life for her family as she attempts to rise above workplace hierarchies. Set entirely within the hermetic confines of the hotel, The Chambermaid is both a deeply moving character study and a frankly observed examination of social class.

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Wed, Aug 7 @ 6:30pm

Japan | 2017

Radiance Hikari

Dir. Naomi Kawase

Misako writes and records film audio descriptions for vision-impaired audiences, passionately translating cinematic experiences through verbal description. While soliciting feedback from a focus group panel, she meets Masaya, a renowned photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. The two form an unlikely connection as she draws inspiration from his photographs and his way of seeing the world.

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Wed, Aug 14 @ 6:30pm

Spain | 2020

Rosa’s Wedding La boda de Rosa

Dir. Icíar Bollaín

Facing her 45th birthday, Rosa has a startling revelation. She is unhappy. Between long work hours and caring for her elderly father, there’s little time left for herself. Drastic measures are in order. The plan? To get married, wedding and all, to herself. Equal parts human, hilarious, and inspirational, Rosa’s Wedding is an affecting story of independence and self-determination.

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Wed, Aug 21 @ 6:30pm

Argentina | 2023

Electrophilia Los Impactados

Dir. Lucía Puenzo

After surviving a lightning strike during a terrifying countryside storm, Ada is reeling. As she recovers physically from the blast, a series of strange visual and auditory hallucinations begin to plague her. Searching for answers, she joins a support group for lighting strike survivors led by a charismatic, controversial doctor. Will his unconventional methods lead to a cure?

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Wed, Aug 28 @ 6:30pm

Taiwan | 2015

Murmer of the Hearts Nian Nian

Dir. Sylvia Chang

This tender and introspective drama connects the lives of three seemingly disparate characters: an unexpectedly pregnant painter, a distracted tour guide, and a talentless boxer. Each at a crossroads in their lives, they’re forced to reflect on their pasts as they prepare for uncertain futures. Intricately weaving together the threads of their lives, the film offers an elegant, surreal portrait of a generation at a crossroads.

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Wed, Sep 4 @ 6:30pm

Australia | 2018-2023

Sights and Sounds: Australian Short Films

Dir. Noora Niasari, Kitty Green, Sari Braithwaite, and Shannon Murphy

This collection of short films, all by Festival alumnae filmmakers, showcases the breadth and depth of Australian filmmaking.

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Wed, Sep 11 @ 6:30pm

United States |

Going Places: Chicago Short Films

Dir. McKenzie Chinn, Linh Tran, Fawzia Mirza, Anam Abbas, Alex Heller, Weijia Ma, and Amrita Singh

These shorts, all featured at past Festivals, display the brilliance and variety of our city’s incredible filmmakers.

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Wed, Sep 18 @ 6:30pm

Hungary | 2015

The Wednesday Child Szerdai gyerek

Dir. Lili Horvát

Headstrong teen mother Maja has lost custody of her toddler. Abandoned as a child herself, she’s determined to avoid her mother’s mistakes and earn back the right to care for her child. When a social program offers small business loans, she jumps at the chance for redemption. Anchored by a raw, natural performance, this moving coming-of-age tale is a testament to the power of second chances.

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Wed, Sep 25 @ 6:30pm

Sweden | 2010-2019

Short Film Showcase: The Wonderfully Weird World of Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Over the past decade sculptor and animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr has utilized stop motion animation to breathe life into anthropomorphised animal puppets. From pigeons singing in a zoo to a pedantic spa manager to the delightful rabbit and fox neighbors to an existential marketplace musical, this showcase of her work conjures hilarious, bizarre, and even profoundly moving worlds where human and animal merge.

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Past 2023 Summer Screenings

Special Thanks 2024

Cinema/Chicago’s Summer Screenings Program would not be possible without the support of the following individuals and organizations:

Allstate Insurance Company
Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago:
Consul General Lucas Andres Gioja; Cultural Attaché Jorge Manghi
Australian Consulate-General in Chicago: Consul-General Chris Elstoft; Policy Officer Jessica Jamaica
British Consulate-General, Chicago: Consul General Alan Gogbashian and Deputy Consul General John Murphy
Consulate General of Canada in Chicago: Senior Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services Officer Colleen Duke
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events: Commissioner Clinée Hedspeth
Chicago Film Office: Deputy Commissioner Jonah Zeiger, Betsey Grais, Tim Olson, Natalia Salazar, Alex Vazquez
Chicago History Museum
Consulate General of Colombia in Chicago: Consul General Diego Alexander Angulo Marínez; Vice Consul Jonnathan Gamboa
Dutch Culture USA / Netherlands Consulates General in Chicago & New York
Goethe-Institut Chicago: Director Leonhard Emmerling; Program Curator Leah Gallant
Consulate General of Hungary in Chicago: Consul General Tamas Kovacs and Cultural Affairs Erzsebet Mate
Illinois Arts Council Agency
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago: Executive Director Anastasio Sanchez and Cultural Program Curator Teresa Hernando
Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago: Consul General Kevin Byrne; Vice Consul Pádraig Manning; Public Diplomacy Officer Sandra Hamilton
Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago: Director Luca Di Vito; Associate Director of Programs Fabiola Tosi
Japan Information Center at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago: Consul-General Jun Yanagi, Rikidai Sako, and Byron Ovalle
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago: Consul General Junghan Kim, Vice Consul Jongyun Ra
Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago: Consul General Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil
Swedish American Museum: Karin Moen Abercrombie
Honorary Consulate of Sweden – Chicago: Karin Moen Abercrombie and Anna Engstrom Patel
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago: Director General Dennis Yen-Feng Lei
Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan): Director Hui-Chun Chang
Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago: Consul General Serhiy Koledov & Deputy Consul General Yevgeniy Drobot
Villa Albertine Chicago & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy: Cultural Attaché Axelle Moleur; Coordinator Laurence Geannopulos

Summer Screenings Sponsors 2024

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Program Sponsor

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Additional Support

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