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Virtual Cinema

Virtual Cinema

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The Chicago International Film Festival is thrilled to partner with distribution partners for new release films available to stream in our virtual cinema. 50% of all proceeds will support the Festival.

House of Hummingbird

Director: Bora Kim

138 min. | South Korea | 2020

WINNER – Best International Narrative Feature – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape by roaming the neighborhood with her best friend, going on adventures, exploring young love and experiencing everything that comes with growing up in a country on the brink of enormous change.

“A delicate portrait of a girl coming into consciousness.” –The New York Times

“Deserves a place alongside the likes of The Virgin Suicides, The Ocean of Helena Lee and Eighth Grade as one of the most knowing cinematic takes from recent years on the pains and occasional pleasures of female adolescence.” – RogerEbert.com

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And The Birds Rained Down

Director: Louise Archambault
127 min. | Canada | 2020

Quebec, Canada. Nowadays.

Three elderly hermits live in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women… A luminous octogenarian unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region’s deadliest forest fire. A story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age.

And the Birds Rained Down will force you to re-examine your relationship with yourself, the world around you, and the people you love.” -Globe and Mail

“Engaging, thought-provoking and ultimately moving.” -The Hollywood Reporter

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A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

Director: Alana DeJoseph
107 min | USA | 2019

Narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Annette Bening

A Towering Task tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization’s mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans – young and old alike – still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now – between COVID-19, a rise in nationalist sentiment, and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets – the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens?

“Enlightening and uplifting. A Towering Task puts a human face on the Peace Corps – and makes sense of its history of idealism, improvisation, politics, and at times its failings.” -Paul Theroux, Travel Writer & Novelist

To support our Chicago neighbors in this difficult time, the Chicago International Film Festival will donate 50% of our proceeds received from rentals of this film to My Block, My Hood, My City which funds repairs to small businesses in response to our current crisis.

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