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Friday – Oct 11, 2013

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3:30pm – It's All So Quiet

It's All So Quiet

Stifled by his ailing father’s oppressive presence, Helmer moves him to the second floor of their isolated rural farmhouse. Free from his father’s judgmental gaze, Helmer finds himself developing increasingly warm relationships with the milk truck driver and an attractive young farmhand who moves into the house. Helmer quietly develops a newfound self-confidence and openness towards his own sexuality in this gorgeously acted, intricately plotted film.

Dutch with English Subtitles 93

4:00pm – Melaza


With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures. This funny, heartfelt romantic drama explores the limits of love and trust in the face of hardship.

Spanish with English Subtitles 80

5:30pm – Walesa: Man Of Hope

Walesa: Man Of Hope

Lech Wałęsa, an electrician, husband, and new father, works at the Gdansk shipyard. Arrested at a protest, Walesa discovers that he is a born leader. When he speaks, people respond, and he soon becomes the voice and face of the growing solidarity movement. Aware of the dangers his position entails, he is still determined to fight for his country. Legendary director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds) tells the inspiring story of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader.

Polish and Italian with English Subtitles 127

5:45pm – Illiterate


For fifty years, Ximena has managed to get by without being able to read. When Jackeline, a young unemployed teacher, unexpectedly comes into her life, Ximena’s isolation is disturbed. Jackeline’s efforts to teach Ximena how to read proves almost Herculean as they clash, but it soon becomes evident that the two women need each other in ways they could never predict. Two mesmerizing performances drive this intimate, engrossing chamber drama about learning and acceptance.

Spanish with English Subtitles 73

5:45pm – Wild Duck

Wild Duck

Out of work and deeply in debt, telecommunications expert Dimitris abandons his rural hometown in northern Greece and makes for the capital at the behest of his former boss, who enlists his help in tracking down a shadowy group of phone hackers. But what was supposed to be a straightforward job soon grows exponentially more complicated when Dimitris happens upon some dark secrets his employer is hiding in this slow-burning, suspenseful exploration of life in Athens.

Greek with English Subtitles 88

6:00pm – In The Name Of…

In The Name Of…

Catholic priest Adam works at a home for troubled boys in the isolated Polish countryside. Deeply committed to the Church, Adam’s convictions are thrown into turmoil when his close bond with a young teen named Łukasz forces his repressed homosexuality to the surface. Desperate to keep his secret but increasingly confronted by his desires, Adam must face who he is and who he has chosen to be in this humane, non-judgmental portrait of an earnest priest in conflict.

Polish with English Subtitles 102

6:15pm – Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when her returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.


6:15pm – Bluebird


The quiet lives in a small logging town in northern Maine are irrevocably changed when a seemingly minor oversight leads to tragedy in the dead of winter. Lesley (Steppenwolf’s Amy Morton), a school bus driver, is overwhelmed with remorse, while her husband (Mad Men’s John Slattery) offers little solace. Another family grieves its own immeasurable loss and must deal with questions of culpability. Gorgeously shot in a severe, unforgiving landscape, Bluebird presents a moving meditation on family, responsibility, and redemption.


6:15pm – Comrade President

Comrade President

An inspiring portrait of Mozambique’s founding president, Comrade President traces the life and legacy of revolutionary leader Samora Moisés Machel. At the forefront of a popular uprising, Machel helped establish a fledgling government and continued fighting for justice until his suspicious death in 1986. With candid interviews from those who knew Machel best - including his opponents - this documentary examines the indelible legacy of a revolutionary hero.

Portuguese with English Subtitles 90

6:30pm – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.


6:30pm – George Tillman, Jr. Tribute

George Tillman, Jr. Tribute

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, George Tillman, Jr. shot his first feature, Scenes For The Soul (1994), in Chicago. He then wrote and directed the critical and audience favorite Soul Food (1997), followed by Men Of Honor (2000), Notorious (2009), and Faster (2010). His credits as a producer include Barbershop (2002) and Beauty Shop (2005).

Alongside a screening of his new film, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, the Festival will honor Tillman with a Career Achievement Award, with Q&A to follow.

After-Party will take place at the W Hotel on Lake Shore (Ticket to the Film + After-Party = $50)

8:00pm – Suzanne


Suzanne, (beautifully played by the enthralling Sara Forestier), grows up an inquisitive, strong-minded girl in a loving but unstable home with her sister and much absent truck-driving father. When, as a teen, she falls in love with a local tough guy and becomes pregnant, her life takes a plunging trajectory as she continues to choose love above all else. This poignant family portrait explores the ties and limits of family bonds through one young woman’s heartrending journey.

French with English Subtitles 90

8:00pm – Tough Bond

Tough Bond

On the streets of Kenya's cities, Tough Bond-brand glue is the drug of choice for kids living on their own, numbing themselves to hunger while surviving off scraps. This incredibly moving documentary provides an intimate look at four of these kids - who call themselves “Survivors” - following them over the course of three years and taking the viewer deep into their lives. Filmmakers Peck and Vandenberg employ their impressive technical virtuosity in capturing the world of these embattled but resilient children.

English, Swahili, Turkana with English Subtitles 84

8:15pm – Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

For dutiful son Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Columbia University is Mecca - a portal to art, intellect, culture, and freedom - everything hometown Patterson, New Jersey is not. When Allen is accepted into Columbia, his father Louis (David Cross), a working-class poet, urges him to leave his emotionally ill mother Naomi (Jennifer Jason Leigh) behind and head to New York to go pursue his own creative dreams.


8:30pm – American Vagabond

American Vagabond

Growing up gay in a family and a community that refuse to accept him for who he is, James leaves his hometown for San Francisco. Moving with his boyfriend Tyler, James imagines easily finding a home in the world’s gay Mecca, but without jobs they end up living among the city's sizable community of homeless queer youth. Both stylized and deeply personal, this moving documentary provides an intimate portrait of its subjects' joys and struggles.


8:30pm – The Blinding Sunlight

The Blinding Sunlight

Three generations of men live together in a poor Beijing neighborhood: father Li drives an illegal motorcycle taxi; son Kai is trying to graduate before getting expelled; and Li’s father collects recyclables for petty cash. They do whatever it takes to get by, negotiating the systems of authority that rule their daily lives. With a raw visual style, this stark neo-realist drama presents a penetrating look at working-class life and the corruption and graft pervading every level of society.

Chinese with English Subtitles 85

8:30pm – Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs

The latest film from Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-Liang (The Wayward Cloud) tells the story of a father and his two children who live on the margins in Taipei. Squatting in an abandoned building, they get by on handouts and the father’s meager salary as a human billboard. Mysterious and affecting, the story of the father’s unwinding is told with the sublime, rapturous beauty that has come to be associated with Tsai’s work in one of his most emotionally powerful films.

Mandarin with English subtitles 138

9:00pm – Monsoon Shootout

Monsoon Shootout

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment, raises his gun in the face of a criminal and is suddenly faced with the most vital decision of his life: to shoot or not to shoot? Monsoon Shootout presents three alternate scenarios, each sending Adi on a on a spiraling journey downward that pits him against fate and a system mired in moral ambiguity.

Hindi with English subtitles 88

10:15pm – Contracted


When gorgeous lesbian Samantha has a drunken one night stand with a strange man, she contracts what she thinks is a sexually-transmitted disease. But the truth is far more disturbing. As her horrific condition worsens, her friends begin to fear for her… and themselves. A gory body-horror film in the vein of David Cronenberg, Contracted provides truly gut-wrenching, visceral terror.


10:30pm – Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves

When the seemingly meek schoolteacher Dror is arrested - and then released due to a police blunder - as the lead suspect in a brutal child murder, renegade detective Miki and enraged grieving father Gidi take the law into their own hands in search of information and bloody justice. Their violent rage quickly spins out of control in this fantastically intense, darkly funny revenge thriller from the pioneers of Israeli horror cinema.

Hebrew with English Subtitles 110