After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Also starring Stacy Keach, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk.
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
English, 21 min
As a first time director, do you feel a duty to address the political context in which you are working? Or do you prefer to focus on telling more personal stories? Do filmmakers working in politically volatile environments get pressured or pigeon holed into making political work, and what ethical dilemmas can this produce? Join a group of festival filmmakers who will consider and debate these issues in relation to their own practice.Panelists:Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Director, Of Good ReportAbdeslam Kelai, Director, MalakBernard Attal, Director, The Invisible CollectionDiego Quemada-Díez, Director, La Jaula de OroRoberto Flores Prieto, Director, Chasing FirefliesJohn Rangel, Director, Girls on Liberty StreetModerator: Dan Rybicky, Columbia College ChicagoThis is a FREE event! No ticket required. Event takes place at Columbia College Chicago: 1104 S. Wabash, 502.
In this brooding, sharply written drama, long estranged brothers Marten and Volker reunite at their abandoned childhood home. Hoping to convince his still angry younger brother to reconcile with their imprisoned mother, Marten finds his efforts to reunite the family thwarted by Volker’s deep-rooted resentments. Steadily paced and saturated with intriguing twists, Nordstrand tracks the troubled history and painful present of a family torn apart.
German with English Subtitles, 89 min
A gritty gangster film set in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Northwest follows small-time thief Casper. Still only 18, Casper’s self-serving ambition leads him to abandon the neighborhood boss, Jamal, for his rival Björn, who promises him more - more money and more responsibility. Tensions are high between the two gangs, however, and Casper soon finds himself and his family at the center of a conflict that threatens to destroy them.
Danish with English Subtitles, 91 min
Austria / France / Germany / Hungary
This atmospheric WWII thriller follows twin boys sent to the Hungarian countryside to wait out the war’s violent barrage with their embittered, cruel grandmother. Only 13 but grimly determined to survive, the brothers decide that the only way to endure the horrors of war is to by extinguishing their own humanity. A chilling portrait of young psyches warped by inconceivable trauma, this critical and audience favorite took the top prize at the prestigious Karlovy Vary film festival.
Hungarian with English Subtitles, 110 min
One day, young Tore - a member of the “Jesus Freaks” Christian punk movement - meets Benno by the side of the road. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in Benno’s garden, gradually becoming part of his family. But Benno can’t resist playing cruel games designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence becomes more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits in this disturbing, nihilistic drama. Warning: This film contains extreme violence and animal cruelty.
German with English Subtitles, 110 min
Belgium / France / Germany
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 min
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