The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2014, Pedro Costa, Portugal, 104 min. With Ventura, Vitalina Varela.
"A visual album of souls, lost and found" – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream." – Matt Zoeller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"The puzzle-box narrative only grows more hypnotic with repeat viewings. The movie insists on having the audience, like Ventura, pass through madness to reach catharsis." – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
Ventura, the gaunt, grizzled Cape Verdean immigrant who has served as director Pedro Costa’s muse and central character in films including COLOSSAL YOUTH, returns in an even more commanding role in HORSE MONEY. Mysteriously at death’s door, Ventura takes an eerie journey through dark episodes in his own life as they coalesce with Portugal’s troubling colonial past. Former lovers, friends, and work mates may be illusions as the powerful puzzle comes together in bewitching chiaroscuro imagery. In Cape Verdean, Creole, and Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, 56 min.
"Every Chicagoan should see this documentary." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
THE SUNDAY JANUARY 31 SCREENING IS SOLD OUT!
The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit by bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short VOICES OF CABRINI, spent fifteen years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction. DCP digital. (MR)
ALSO PLAYING: Bezalel’s acclaimed 1999 film VOICES OF CABRINI (33 min.)