The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2014, Rebecca Cremona, Malta, 101 min. With Lotfi Abdelli, Jimi Busuttil.
"A beautifully-shot dark drama…with a gut-wrenching twist." — Steve Pond, The Wrap
A real-life tragedy involving the shipwreck of a family fishing boat became the impetus for this drama set against the background of a refugee crisis. Director Cremona portrays the dimensions of the human rights dilemma as scores of African migrants adrift in the Mediterranean between Italy and Malta are refused entry to either nation. The lives of a doctor reluctantly drawn into aid work, a fisherman and his little boy, and a Malian immigrant laborer intersect fatefully. SIMSHAR was Malta’s first-ever submission for Academy Awards consideration in 2015. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kukumajsa Productions. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
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