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TAKE 2: What to See in Theaters and Stream in July 2019

Non-Fiction plays at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting July 12.

Welcome to TAKE 2, our monthly feature where we highlight recent Chicago International Film Festival selections that are now playing in theaters or on streaming platforms in case you missed them at the Festival! Take a look below for the best of #ChiFilmFest to watch this month.


In Theaters

NON-FICTION

Director: Olivier Assayas
Official Selection, International Feature Competition, 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Set in the Parisian publishing world, this sophisticated comedy from the renowned French auteur (Clouds of Sils Maria) follows an assured editor (Guillaume Canet), his successful actress wife (Juliette Binoche), and an established author (Vincent Macaigne), all of whom are grappling with the disruptions of middle-age and the new media landscape. This biting social critique is a brilliantly written and directed study of our digital times.

Screening Details:
Opens July 12, visit website for showtimes
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

AT WAR

Director: Stéphane Brizé
Official Selection, International Feature Competition, 54th Chicago International Film Festival

A factory strike in the South of France becomes the stage for a gripping power play between a boisterous union leader and his duplicitous employers. Rabble-rouser Laurent (Vincent Lindon) is determined to hold the bosses to account over a pending plant closure, but rising tensions quickly spin out of control. News reel footage coupled with dazzling handheld camerawork creates a powerful immediacy—the workers’ fight is our own.

Screening Details:
US Release July 19, visit website for more information

On Streaming

ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Director: Jia Zhangke
Official Selection, International Feature Competition, 54th Chicago International Film Festival

In this gripping crime saga set in modern China from the master filmmaker (A Touch of Sin), Tao Zhao stars as a resolute woman devoted to her mobster lover Bin and loyal to the Jianghu underworld. But after she is arrested and sentenced to five years in prison, she returns to society only to find that Bin has moved on, leaving her to fight for her place in a world she no longer recognizes.

Streaming Details:
Available to stream on iTunes starting July 8

WOMAN AT WAR

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Official Selection, World Cinema Competition, 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Halla is a middle-aged, woolly sweater-wearing Reykjavik choir conductor, but she’s also a secret eco-warrior, fighting to save the Icelandic countryside from industrial pollution. Writer-director Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) makes audacious use of an Icelandic Oompah band and a Ukrainian vocal trio to comment on the action.

Streaming Details:
Available to stream now on Hulu

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