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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Albright, Deron

The Destiny of Lesser Animals The Destiny of Lesser Animals

Nearly a decade after being deported, Ghanaian Police inspector Boniface Koomsin is still trying to get back to the U.S. But when his counterfeit passport is stolen, he mounts a false investigation that takes him on a dangerous journey through contemporary Ghana. As the “investigation” continues, he will have to choose between dreams of escape and the realities of life in his homeland.

Fante, English, Twi, Pidgin, Ga with subtitles, 89 min

Alimani, Bujar

Amnesty Amnesty

An unemployed mother of two with a convict for a husband and a meddlesome father-in-law, Elsa’s life could not get any harder. When a new law coerces her into joyless conjugal visits, she unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in Septim, whose monthly visits to his wife coincide with Elsa’s. Their newfound joy, however, has an expiration date. This unconventional, pathos-filled love story probes the possibility for solace in companionship in the face of adversity and poverty.

Albanian with subtitles, 83 min

Amalric, Mathieu

The Screen Illusion The Screen Illusion

In this contemporary adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s brilliant, eponymous 17th century play, the enigmatic Alcandre is now a hotel concierge who uses the myriad in-house high-tech security cameras to show worried father Pridamant the whereabouts and travails of his son, Clindor. As Pridamant witnesses the conflicting romances involving his estranged son, Corneille’s modernist meta-narrative is transposed to contemporary Paris, underscoring the ambiguous nature of love, wealth and desire in an age of consumerism.

French with subtitles, 77 min

Amemiya, Chihiro

Grandpa’s Wet Dream Grandpa’s Wet Dream

A 75-year-old Japanese man has a dirty secret - he has been acting in adult videos for 15 years without telling his family. Featuring some priceless behind the scenes footage and insights from friends, business associates and of course Grandpa himself, this is an insightful look at the Japanese porn industry and one man's personal quest to leave something behind.

Japanese, with subtitles, 16 min

Anderson, Paul W.S.

Three Musketeers Three Musketeers

They are known as Porthos, Athos, and Aramis - three elite warriors who serve the King of France as his best Musketeers. After discovering an evil conspiracy to overthrow the King, the Musketeers come across a young, aspiring hero - D'Artagnan - and take him under their wing. Together, the four embark on a dangerous mission to foil the plot that not only threatens the Crown, but the future of Europe itself in this big-screen action adventure update of the Alexandre Dumas' novel shot in state-of-the-art 3D.

100 min

Now showing rows 1 - 5 of 10