As the 47th Chicago
International Film Festival comes to a close, Chicagoans will be given one more
chance to experience the Festival’s most celebrated films, with this year’s
award-winning and most popular films being screened one more time for the
general public. The Best of the Fest screenings, presented by DePaul University
School of Cinema and Interactive Media, will be held Wednesday October 19 at
the AMC River East 21 Theater (
The evening will also feature the final event of our Chicago Connections program, an interview with independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg; a special presentation of Butter starring Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman; and our much-anticipated Surprise Screening.
Best of the Fest
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Winner Gold Hugo: Best Film
Humanity and deadpan
wit triumph in Aki Kauriskmäki’s magical tale of an aging Bohemian shoeshine
and a young African refugee. When fate lands Idrissa at Marcel Marx’s
doorstep in the French port city of
THE GOOD SON
Director: Zaida Bergroth
Winner Gold Hugo: New Directors Competition
Seventeen-year-old Ilmari has spent most of his young life looking after his mother, Leila, a renowned actress who loves to be the center of attention, and his younger brother. After a recent scandal, Leila takes all three of them to a distant island for a quiet weekend but soon grows bored and invites all of her friends over for a party. There, she falls for scriptwriter Aimo, and soon Ilmari’s resentment explodes in this tragic portrait of a dysfunctional family.
Director: Mira Turjalic
Winner Gold Hugo: Docufest
If the illusion of reality is the currency of cinema, then cinephile and former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito bought and paid for his countries thrilling and heroic (but mostly made up) history. This award-winning documentary chronicles the 40-year history of Avala studio, built by Tito to crank out well-made propaganda films in order to shape and control his country’s image in a post-war world. This veritable compendium of archival footage and clips from over 60 classic Yugoslav films includes remembrances from Tito’s personal projectionist.
SHORTS 2: PEN AND PAPER
The program includes the Gold Hugo-winning short THE EAGLEMAN STAG, the Silver Hugo winner for Best Animated Short BIRDBOY and the Gold Plaque for Best Student Short (Animated) BELLY
An accident changes Little Dinki’s life forever in the
gorgeous BIRDBOY (
ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
Director: Xan Aranda
Back by Popular Demand
Classically trained yet utterly unconventional, musician Andrew Bird has been defying classification for 20 albums and countless live shows. And though Fever Year covers the culminating months of the artist’s last tour, it’s as much about the creative process as it is about performance. From the handcrafted gramophone-like amplifiers to Bird’s uniquely creative looping techniques, the film’s sensuous visual style is a match for the musician whose combination of voice, violin, and whistle could charm Hades himself.
BEST OF INTERCOM
International Communications Media competition recognizes the incredible
creativity found in corporate, branded, educational, and interactive multimedia
films. This year’s program of winning INTERCOM clips is headlined by the
30-minute They Were There, a truly
remarkable tribute to IBM directed by Errol Morris and scored by Phillip Glass.
This exhilarating film gives audiences a look inside one of the world’s most
Director: Kaat Beels
Back by Popular Demand
What is happiness? How do we grasp it? Six characters fumble desperately as their lives intersect over the course of one day and night in
SADERMANIA: FROM FANSHIP TO FRIENDSHIP
Director: Adam Gacka
Calling all Hulkamaniacs! When you’re done training, taking your vitamins, and saying your prayers, then you can meet the purest fan of all, Chris Sader, in a story that goes from childhood obsession to an unexpected and touching friendship. In this inspirational tale, Chris and Hulk Hogan relate how they met and developed a bond through mutual struggles and personal loss that each would have faced alone if not for the unlikely bond that develops between them.
Back By Popular Demand
Daikichi spies a young girl standing apart from the family at his grandfather’s funeral. She turns out to be the old man’s love child and nobody wants anything to do with her. Feeling sorry and curious, Daikichi volunteers to take her in, without really understanding the demands of being a parent. As the two get to know each other and establish a routine, Daikichi must also figure out how to balance his life, work and childcare in this charming film about parenthood.
Director: David Verbeek
First rule of Club Zeus: women feel what they want to feel. This
Director: Hagar Ben Asher
Back by Popular Demand
Winner of the Best Director prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Hagar Ben Asher’s alternative, almost anti-cautionary tale presents Tamar, a beautiful, young single mother with a seemingly insatiable sexual appetite. While running a chicken farm with her two daughters, she finds servicing the village’s lackluster men gets her through the inconveniences of everyday life. That is until a hunky veterinarian comes to town.
JUAN OF THE DEAD
Director: Alejandro Brugues
Back by Popular Demand
Juan is a lovable loser content to loaf around the streets of Havana wisecracking, womanizing, and wiling away the days with a motley crew of fellow drifters. But when what seems at first to be dissident rumblings in the city turns into a full-on flesh-eating zombie onslaught, Juan and his gang go into business as “Juan of the Dead -- a crack team of slayers specializing in the undead. This wild romp through the streets of the Cuban capital is a perfectly pitched blend of horror and laughs.
WHAT LOVE MAY BRING
Director: Claude Lelouch
The 43rd film from Academy Award®-winning director and French New Wave maverick Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman) elicits a vision that is as potent as ever. Driven by a spirited will, the turbulent life of Ilva Lemoine, from her delight-filled childhood through the Great War, the French Resistance, liberation, and memories of soldiers loved and lost, is recounted in this spectacular epic drama.
But Wait…There Is Still More
New film movements always undergo the torture of critical labeling and mislabeling but whatever you want to call it, DIY, Mumblecore, Slackavettes, Chicago’s Joe Swanberg is at its forefront. With such notable independent films of recent years as Kissing On The Mouth, LOL and Hannah Takes The Stairs, Swanberg, a former staff member of The Chicago International Film Festival, has made a career of portraying life and relationships in a way that audiences can relate to. Join us for an open discussion about the ins and outs of indie film production in
Director: Jim Field Smith
A tale of competition
at its most cutthroat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of
Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell),
Every year, we love
to surprise our audience with a top-secret film that will keep them talking for
days. What will that film be this year? Will it be the first
are at the AMC River East 21,
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners -- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners -- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners -- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners -- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
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