The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
The Paradise Suite
2015, Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands/Sweden, 118 min. With Issaka Sawadogo, Anjela Nedyalkova.
"A critical and raw snapshot of modern-day Europe." — Guglielmo Bettinardi, Cineuropa
"Beautifully shot, with classic direction…a natural lyrical sensibility about how the stories flow together…compelling." — Robert Bell, Exclaim!
In this Dutch submission for Academy Awards consideration, five separate stories converge fatefully in present-day Amsterdam, for a provocative glimpse of Europe’s dark underbelly across economic and class lines. An illegal African immigrant struggles to make an honest living in a rigged system. A naïve Bulgarian teenager is offered a bogus modeling job and ends up a prisoner in an Amsterdam brothel. A Serbian war criminal begins a new life, stalked by a woman whose life he shattered. A bullied child looks for a way out. In French, Bosnian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Media Luna New Films. DCP digital. (BS)
This program is supported by the European Union Center of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
My America Too
- Sat, Feb 20th 12:00pm
"An intriguing mix of theater, film and activism." – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Ten writers were commissioned, by Baltimore’s Center Stage Theatre, to create plays set around the kitchen table, inspired by recent events in communities like Sanford, FL; Cleveland, OH; Ferguson, MO; Staten Island, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Charleston, SC. Six of the plays were filmed as pieces of street theater, guerrilla-style, at pivotal locations across the country bringing into searing focus topics that face Chicago today. Playwrights include Chicago’s Lydia R. Diamond as well as Larissa FastHorse, Neil LaBute, Kenneth Lin, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Kwame Kwei-Armah and Hana Sharif.