Forced to join a convent against her will at 16, Suzanne describes, in a series of letters written in secret, her yearnings for freedom and her persecution and mistreatment at the hands of her fellow nuns - including Isabelle Huppert in an electrifying performance as her Mother Superior. Her tragic life of suffering and her confrontations with hypocritical church authorities are chronicled with raw, powerful emotion in this moving adaptation of Denis Diderot’s treasured novel.
French with English Subtitles 114
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
Love-struck college students who meet on a working summer holiday in the idyllic Spanish countryside, Michal and Karina’s blissful moment of first love is cut short when Michal has a fateful - and shocking - encounter with a stranger. When Michal reveals his secret to Karina, their lives are thrown into chaos. With gorgeous, award-winning cinematography, the film sensitively explores the devastating fallout of Michal’s actions as their relationship is put to the test and the future grows increasingly unpredictable.
Polish and Spanish with English Subtitles 93
Sasha, a city kid with agrarian ambitions, moved to the country to head up a collective farming project, determined to make the experiment work. A recent local government offer to buy up the farmland seems too good to resist, but Sasha becomes staunch in his decision to stay. Bolstered by the resolution of the local farmworkers, he is pitted against the stakeholders in a decision that may cost him his livelihood - or his life - in this heady social-realist drama.
Russian with English Subtitles 77
When down-on-their-luck buddies Craig and Vince are propositioned by insouciant wealthy couple Colin and Violet to perform increasingly risky dares, the cash strapped duo agrees. Craig and Vince soon find themselves in the strangers’ living room, progressively degrading and debasing themselves and each other as the stakes get higher and higher. This twisted, darkly funny game of cat and mouse was the winner of the 2013 SXSW Audience Choice Award.
Agnès Jaoui (Look At Me) returns with a witty, charming modern-day mélange of familiar fairy tales. Jaoui populates her film with delightful variations on well-worn tropes - shoes lost at midnight, big bad wolves, evil stepmothers, fairy godmothers - in telling the story of Laura, who must choose between two Prince Charmings as they, and their families, deal with the tragicomic complications of romance.
French with English subtitles 112
Spurred on by the Arab Spring, nine courageous women’s rights advocates gather to discuss gender inequality and a long history of oppression. Provided a platform by filmmaker and human rights lawyer Paula Kweskin, these women speak from personal experience about the hardships women endure in Muslim-majority societies. This inspiring documentary gives voice to these women as they recount their efforts to effect change in their own communities and in the larger world.
Mateusz is an intelligent, romantic young man tragically trapped inside his own body, suffering from severe cerebral palsy that makes speech and controlled movement nearly impossible. Born into a loving family, Mateusz’s protected world is shattered when circumstances place him in an institution where he is misunderstood and mistreated. Featuring an astonishing, virtuoso lead performance, Life Feels Good beautifully recounts the true story of one man’s extraordinary efforts to endure in the face of impossible odds.
Polish with English Subtitles 107
In May 2009, Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano was shot and killed near his home. Shortly beforehand, he had recorded a video to be released in the event of his death, accusing President Álvaro Colom Caballeros of orchestrating an assassination, a charge all too plausible in a country very familiar with violence and corruption. Director Justin Webster brings the story of Marzano's work and the subsequent investigation to life in this gripping, edge-of-your seat documentary.
Spanish with English Subtitles 85
Old friends, all onetime members of Brazil's radical resistance, come together around Ana, the charismatic, fearless heart of their circle, now on her deathbed. As they think back on their choices and the paths they have tread, Ana’s spirit is a constant presence, reminding them of their failed utopia and their shared, mythologized past. This Brazilian Big Chill passionately reflects on revolution and terrorism, love and sex, and the compromises that time exacts.
Portuguese with English Subtitles 95
A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother in Girl With Child. Fatal Vittles is a dark, whimsical cautionary tale about 26 things to never, ever eat. The failure of a relationship is told from two sides in How To Abandon Ship. On a dark night, an injured couple is stuck on a remote road in the dead of winter, but the help on its way is not quite what they expected in AB-. A young girl’s feelings about her parents’ breakup come to the surface when she gets her ears pierced in Needle. A man undergoes diagnosis and treatment in a strange hospital in KOFN. Fox The Gambler is a tale of bowling and battling your inner demons. And in a dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will The Painter survive?
When you’re stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter ... who will come to save you?Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A dark, whimsical cautionary tale about 26 things to never, ever eat.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A story about bowling and battling your inner demons.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A lonely teenage girl in Ecuador travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
The failure of a relationship is told from two sides.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A man undergoes diagnosis and treatment in a strange hospital.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A young girl’s feelings about her parent’s break up come to the surface when she gets her ears pierced.Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
A boy, barely 12 years old, lives in a world where violence surrounds him and his sole means of survival is to escape through his art. In this dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will the painter survive?Part of: Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes
With only one week left until she leaves for the Army, teenager Brianna spends her final days at her home in the Chicago suburbs packing and saying goodbye to friends. But in her quiet moments and the seemingly mundane interactions with family members, Brianna’s anxiety about her decision is palpable. Eschewing melodrama, the film imbues this simple story with a deft style and effortlessly natural performances, creating an assured portrait of a young woman in transition.
Want to be part of the development process? Attend a table reading of the new screenplay Midterm Breaks by Ron Falzone and directed by Jack C. Newell, featuring a cast of well-known local actors. Your opinions will help to develop this script as it moves toward production here in Chicago.This is a FREE event! No ticket required.Event Location:Columbia College ChicagoMedia Production Center, 1600 S. State
American teenager Daisy (Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan) is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she slowly warms to her charming surroundings, falling madly in love with a boy. But an escalating political conflict is about to turn into a third world war. When the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state Daisy must fight bitterly for survival, trying to escape and reunite with the boy she loves in this gripping dystopian romance.
Newly released from a psychiatric hospital after a bout of severe depression brought on by the death of his pet fox, truck driver Mahmood Kiyani Falavarjani returns to his family, work, and favorite hobby - filmmaking. Having previously won awards for his short films starring his beloved, lamented fox, he sets out to film his most ambitious project yet: a love story between two donkeys. Arash Lahooti's sympathetic documentary captures Mahmood's fascinating life as family man, eccentric animal lover, and artist.
Farsi with English Subtitles 78
August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play was the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. August: Osage County features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Abigail Breslin.
In the dead of a snowy Russian winter, police major Sobolev, rushing recklessly to the hospital for the birth of his child, causes a fatal accident. Panicked and under great pressure from his colleagues, he participates in the cover up of his crime. But that decision will have disastrous consequences, compounded at each step by the increasingly elaborate scheme and its violent results. The tension builds to an electric climax as the guilt-wracked Sobolev goes on the lam in this thrilling crime drama.
Russian with English Subtitles 99
A remarkable story inspired by true events, Wolfschildren follows 14-year-old Hans and his younger brother Fritz, orphaned after WWII, on the long and difficult journey to Lithuania where family friends might take them in. Almost immediately, the brothers are separated, and Hans must make his way alone through treacherous territory, fighting off disease and hunger while outrunning the Soviet army, praying that he and his brother will find each other again in this beautifully shot, true-life thriller.
German with English Subtitles 90
This tautly written drama follows Irene - nicknamed “Miele” (Italian for “Honey”) - as she treads legal and moral boundaries performing assisted suicides on elderly hospital patients. Progressively de-humanized and alienated, Irene finds what’s left of her morals challenged when she is approached by a depressed, fatalistic, yet physically healthy architect who has lost his will to live. A thought-provoking, humanistic character study featuring sharp, sensitive performances, Miele represents a mature and capable directorial debut from celebrated actress Valeria Golino (Respiro).
Italian with English Subtitles 96
When 16-year-old Malak discovers that she’s pregnant, she quickly finds herself alone in a community that marginalizes and mistreats single mothers. Abandoned by the baby’s father, shunned by her family, and in dire need of cash, Malak is forced to take desperate measures. An elegantly-photographed portrait of a young woman’s struggles, Malak garnered major awards at Morocco’s National Film Festival, including the Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its young star Chaimae Ben Acha.
Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles 97
In this gripping, white-knuckle thriller, the Norwegian government has enlisted an American diving company to guide their efforts to tap into the North Sea’s immense oil deposits. Petter and a Norwegian team of divers take on the extremely perilous task of guiding the pipeline 500 meters below the surface. When a sudden accident leads to disaster, Petter must come to terms with the tragedy while attempting to uncover where responsibility lies, quickly running afoul of a sinister conspiracy.
Norwegian with English Subtitles 106
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