Weeklong Runs & Special Events
- 1952, Orson Welles, Morocco, 93 min.
- With Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir
“This may well be the greatest Shakespeare film...
arguably an even more important film in
Welles’s career than CITIZEN KANE.”
–Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“Welles's OTHELLO is one of the few Shakespeare
films in which the images on the screen generate
enough beauty, variety, and graphic power to stand
comparison with Shakespeare's poetic images.”
-Jack J. Jorgens, Shakespeare on Film
Filmed piecemeal over a period of four years and financed mainly out of the director’s own pocket, OTHELLO marked the beginning of Welles’s career as an independent filmmaker. A model of ingenious low-budget filmmaking, it replaces sets with architecture, making use of stunning locations in Italy and Morocco to provide the frame for some of Welles’s greatest set pieces: the stark, eerie opening funeral; the stormy arrival at Cyprus; the vertiginous murder of Roderigo in a Turkish bath. The cast is dominated by MacLiammóir’s wily, bitter Iago, and the film’s relentless pace matches the momentum of the villain’s opportunistic machinations. This new 2K DCP digital edition is based on the 1992 restoration (supervised by Welles’s daughter Beatrice Welles-Smith) that greatly improved existing versions’ visual quality and audio clarity (the latter with alterations that drew divided responses from film critics and scholars). (MR)
Diane Kurys in person!
- FOR A WOMAN
- (POUR UNE FEMME)
- 2013, Diane Kurys, France, 110 min.
- With Benoît Magimel, Mélanie Thierry
“Beautifully crafted historical melodrama.”
–Boyd von Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
Starting with her early classics PEPPERMINT CANDY and ENTRE NOUS, Diane Kurys has excelled in combining period drama, autobiography, politics, women’s issues, and Jewish themes. FOR A WOMAN (the title refers to a French perfume brand) casts Sylvie Testud as Kurys’s alter-ego--a film director seeking to uncover her parents’ past as the basis of her next screenplay:
After the war, Russian-Jewish émigrés Michel (Magimel) and Léna (Thierry) marry and settle in Lyon, but she seems bored by his tailor business and his staunch Communism. Then Michel’s presumed-dead younger brother (Nicolas Duvauchelle) shows up, an object of suspicion for the French police and an object of attraction for the restless Léna. Special advance screening courtesy of Film Movement. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Diane Kurys will be present for audience discussion.
Presented in collaboration with the Nanovic Institute of
European Studies, University of Notre Dame,
and French Cultural Services.
- 41ST ANNUAL STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS
- Regional Winners
- 2013-2014, Various directors, USA, ca. 180 min.
Celebrate with us tonight as the regional winners in the 41st Student Academy Awards are announced.
These winning films proceed to the national finals in Los Angeles next month, where an elite panel made
up of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will select national winners. Films in
dramatic, documentary, animated, and alternative categories represent the best in student filmmaking at
a college level in the U.S. Complete program notes will be distributed at the door. Various formats. (BS)
Tickets available in person at the box office only.
Kevin Spacey in person!
- NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE
- 2014, Jeremy Whelehan, USA, 93 min.
Two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY) are reunited at the center of this rousing documentary that combines the power of an innovative production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, the thrill of offstage asides, and the colorful sweep of a travelogue. Join Mendes’s Bridge Project, the first transatlantic theater company, for a whirlwind backstage tour that kicks off at London’s fabled Old Vic and ends in New York ten months later, after stops in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. DCP digital. (BS)
Kevin Spacey will be present for audience discussion moderated by Chris Jones, chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune, on Saturday May 3 at 8:00 pm.
Note: TICKETS FOR THE LIVE Q&A IN THEATER 1 ARE NOW SOLD OUT! Tickets for Theater 2 with the Q&A being streamed live are still available. Regular prices apply to Theater 2 with a live feed of Q&A. No free passes or blue tickets will be valid.
May 2 – 8
Fri. at 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm
Sat. at 3:15 pm and 8:00 pm
Sun. at 3:15 pm and 5:15 pm
Mon. – Thu. at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Tickets for all other screenings available for purchase through link at left.
Filmmakers in person!
- Kartemquin Spring Showcase
- 2014/2015, Various directors, USA, 120 min.
Enjoy exclusive previews of four upcoming projects from documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS), and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and at a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into their process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this annual event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Featured films: GENERATION FOOD by Steve James; IN THE GAME by Maria Finitzo; RAISING BERTIE by Margaret Byrne; and HARD EARNED by Maggie Bowman. Various video formats. (BS)
Tickets for the Kartemquin Spring Showcase are now SOLD OUT!
Directors Steve James, Maria Finitzo, Margaret Byrne, and Series Producer Maggie Bowman will be present for audience discussion. A reception for ticket holders follows.
- BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD
- (LES BEAUX JOURS)
- 2013, Marion Vernoux France, 94 min.
- With Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais
"Tender and terrifically cast...with Ardant
showcasing the charms that made
her one of France's most seductive stars."
–Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"Breezy...placing all the chips on the femme
star's undeniable, undimmed glamour."
–Dennis Harvey, Variety
The marvelously youthful Fanny Ardant, long the muse of French masters including François Truffaut and Alain Resnais, is more ingénue than cougar in BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD. Caroline (Ardant), a recently retired married dentist with mischief in her heart, finds the classes at a nearby seniors' club a stultifying bore until Julien (Lafitte), the randy young computer coach, makes the scene. A loopy lunch escalates into a hot affair with physical passion to burn, but has the down side of burning bridges when Caroline's patient husband (Chesnais) finally sees the light. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
- AFTERNOON OF A FAUN:
- TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ
- 2013, Nancy Buirski, USA, 91 min.
"Strangely haunting, and often heartbreaking."
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"A compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance."
–Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
In 1956, New York City Ballet prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq was at the peak of her career. Great, enduring works including "Afternoon of a Faun" and "La Valse" had been created for her. Choreographer Jerome Robbins adored her; George Balanchine married her. Tragedy struck on a world tour when Le Clercq contracted polio. She was never to walk or dance again, but lived to 71, recreating herself as an author and teacher. This memorable chronicle of an extraordinary life includes archival photos and rare performance footage of her major roles, as well as interviews that include her former dance partner Jacques d'Amboise. DCP digital. (BS)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Graduate and Undergraduate
- Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
Encounter the next generation of film, video, and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces. Program details and full schedule will be available at the box office.
Admission is free. Tickets may be obtained only through the Film Center box office during regular box-office hours.
- She looked for herself in the memory of the picture:
- The Films of Shellie Fleming
- 1989-1999, Shellie Fleming, USA, ca. 110 min.
Fiercely intelligent, generous, and caring, filmmaker and artist Shellie Fleming touched hundreds with her life and work. When she passed away this past December, she not only left behind a formidable legacy in films, books, photographs, and installations, but also in generations of young artists who blossomed through her guidance. Organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video,
New Media, and Animation in celebration of Fleming's life and influence, this program gathers together four of her best-known films: LEFT-HANDED MEMORIES (1989), PRIVATE PROPERTY (PUBLIC DOMAIN) (1991), DEVOTIO MODERNA (1993), and the incomparable LIFE/EXPECTANCY (1999), once described by filmmaker and curator Mike Hoolboom as "ravishing...unafraid to
wear its heart and its brains on its sleeve." Much like Fleming herself. 16mm film prints courtesy of SAIC's Flaxman Library. (Amy Beste)
A reception for attendees follows the screening.
Tickets available in person at the box office only.
- THE WIND RISES
- 2013, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 126 min.
"A gentle, supple picture...if this is indeed Miyazaki's
farewell, it's a fine one."
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Hauntingly beautiful...marked by flights of incredible
visual fancy, harrowing images of poverty and destruction,
and touches of swooning romance."
–Scott Foundas, Variety
Studio Ghibli's animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki (PRINCESS MONONOKE, SPIRITED AWAY) has declared THE WIND RISES his final film. This breathtaking historical drama soars on the wings of his imagination as Jiro, a small Japanese boy obsessed with airplanes, grows up to design them, even as they become the machines of war. Miyazaki portrays the tumultuous dreams, love, and cataclysmic events (including the 1923 Kanto earthquake) that mark Jiro's life with searing grandeur and the most startling and inspiring images of flight that his career has yet produced. In English with voices by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Stanley Tucci. Also, in Japanese with English subtitles at selected shows [*]. DCP digital. (BS)
Fri. at 6:00 pm;
Sat. at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm [*];
Mon. at 7:45 pm;
Wed. at 8:00 pm [*];
Thu. at 6:00 pm [*]
Fri. at 7:45 pm [*];
Sat. at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm [*];
Sun. at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm [*];
Mon. at 3:15 pm;
Tue. at 6:00 pm;
Thu. at 8:00 pm [*]
- LE WEEK-END
- 2013, Roger Michell, UK/France, 93 min.
- With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan
"A nuanced romance for grown-ups...
This late adulthood lark is a treat."
–Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Delightful...It's lightly played, often very
funny and shot all over Paris
with energy and wit"
–Dave Calhoun, Time Out London
Nick and Meg, a middle-aged British couple in a rut, take an anniversary jaunt to Paris. Things start off badly when their hotel turns out to be a dump, but disaster breeds recklessness as they max out their credit cards, dine self-indulgently, and get kinky in the bedroom. Will this shake-up give their marriage a shot in the arm, or deliver the final coup de grâce? Mike Leigh veterans Broadbent and Duncan are superb as the couple at a crossroads, but the film is nearly stolen by Jeff Goldblum as a former student whose ostentatious success makes Nick (recently fired from his teaching job) all the more aware of his shortcomings. Written by Hanif Kureishi (MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE), the script is filled with sharp, insightful dialogue, and French cinematographer Nathalie Durand (GIRLS CAN¹T SWIM) makes Paris look lovely in a fresh way. In English. DCP digital. (MR)
- THE LUNCHBOX
- 2013, Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA, 104 min.
- With Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur
"A witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes,
sorrows and regrets of ordinary people."
–Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unexpectedly moving...In its small, satisfying way,
this is a revolutionary film."
–Ty Burr, Boston Globe
A film-festival and art-house crowd-pleaser by a first-time writer-director, THE LUNCHBOX achieves a remarkably assured balance of the romantic, the comic, and the bittersweet. Set in bustling Mumbai, the plot hinges on the local institution of "dabbawallahs"–white-capped deliverymen who bring lunches, stacked high in metal containers, piping hot to the desks of office-workers. A neglected young wife (the radiant Kaur) prepares a succulent repast as a way to her husband's cold heart, but her offering is misdirected to a widowed paper-pusher (Khan of LIFE OF PI). Further food deliveries facilitate a correspondence between two lonely souls who connect without ever having met...but will they take the next step? In Hindi and English with English subtitles.
DCP digital. (MR)
New 35mm print!
- JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME
- 1968, Alain Resnais, France, 91 min.
- With Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot
"A magnificent film...Cinema is a time machine, and
Resnais is its ultimate time traveler."
–Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A monumental achievement, as heady as it is
–Dan Sullivan, The L Magazine
Perhaps Resnais's most underrated film, and one of the most difficult to see, JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME compares fascinatingly with Chris Marker's LA JETÉE as an art-cinema science-fiction film that folds in on itself. A suicidal writer (Rich) volunteers for a high-risk time-travel experiment that will enable him to relive a single minute that occurred exactly one year ago. When the apparatus malfunctions, he is sent tumbling through the labyrinth of his memories. This melancholy, haunting story is the occasion for some of Resnais's most dazzling displays of time-twisting editing. In French with English subtitles. New 35mm print. A Film Desk/Bleeding Light Film Group Release. (MR)
- ILO ILO
- 2013, Anthony Chen, Singapore, 99 min.
- With Koh Jia Ler, Angeli Bayani
"Brimming with love, humor and heartbreak...
a genuinely moving portrait."
–Maggie Lee, Variety
"A delicate comedy-drama...a small gem."
–Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes, the prestigious prize for best first feature, ILO ILO unfolds a bittersweet story with a sly sense of humor. A Singaporean couple clinging precariously to middle class status hires Terry, a Filipina maid, as live-in nanny for their 10-year-old hell-raiser son. Meekly facing down snootiness, duplicity, and bullying within the family's comically askew dynamic, Terry stealthily manages to anchor a place in one naughty boy's heart. In Mandarin, Tagalog, English, and Hokkien with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
New 4K restoration!
- QUEEN MARGOT
- (LA REINE MARGOT)
- 1994, Patrice Chereau, France, 159 min.
- With Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil
"A fast-moving and savagely ironic yarn...
The performances are top-notch,
while the dark, rich photography is
painterly but never lifeless."
–Geoff Andrew, Time Out London
"Not since Eisenstein's imaginative expressionism
has a film ravaged tradition and brought the past into focus
with such devastating energy."
–Angus Wolfe Murray, Eye for Film
The late Patrice Chereau applied the revisionist sensibility of his celebrated stage career to the historical movie epic in this sumptuous production that combines over-the-top operatic gusto with grimy, gory realism. Adjani has a plum role as the sexually voracious Marguerite de Valois (aka Margot), trapped in a passionless marriage of political convenience. Margot¹s romantic escapades are played off the Catholic-Protestant conflicts of 17th-century France, which trigger the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and envelop the court in a poisonous atmosphere of connivance and treachery. Trimmed and altered for its
original American release, QUEEN MARGOT is being shown in a new 4K digital restoration of the director's cut. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
First Chicago run!
Stephen Cone in person!
- BLACK BOX
- 2013, Stephen Cone, USA, 84 min.
- With Josephine Decker, Austin Pendleton
"Writer-director Stephen Cone once again
captures the quietly awkward
moments of floundering young adults."
–Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune
"A hypnotic and deeply felt movie."
–Paul Bower, Tiny Mix Tapes
Returning to coming-of-age territory following his award-winning THE WISE KIDS, Chicago director Cone brings a haunted twist to this drama set in the on- and offstage world of a college theater production. A grad student elects to adapt a young-adult Gothic novel rife with sadism, child abuse, and a harrowing exorcism for her directorial debut. The surprise arrival of the novel's deeply withdrawn author (Pendleton) reshuffles the psychic deck, unwittingly opening a Pandora's Box of sexual temptations, fears, and suppressed memories among the inexperienced cast. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Stephen Cone and selected cast and crew members will be present for audience discussion at all screenings.
- 2013, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/USA, 118 min.
–Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Stunning...the must-see cinematic experience of the year."
–Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Mesmerizing from start to finish, this new documentary from the producers of LEVIATHAN is destined to become an instant cult classic. A cable car swoops and soars through a remote region of Nepal, carrying worshipers and tourists alike to the ancient Hindu shrine of the goddess Manakamana. Part entrancing visual meditation, part ethnographic marvel, the film is a cycle of repeat ten-minute journeys with new passengers, each set of pilgrims adding their humor, awe or silence to the great panorama
of life and landscape spread out beneath them. In Nepali and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
First Chicago run!
- JUST A SIGH
- (LE TEMPS DE L¹AVENTURE)
- 2013, Jerome Bonnell, France, 105 min.
- With Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne
"Beautifully acted...intimate and persuasive...
the chemistry between Ms. Devos
and Mr. Byrne is heated in a sadder-but-wiser,
–Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Emmanuelle Devos--prickly, vulnerable,
maddening and touching--reigns supreme."
–Calum Marsh, Village Voice
Two strangers, one grieving the end of a relationship, the other resisting a new beginning, lock eyes across the aisle of a Paris-bound train. He (Byrne) is a darkly brooding Englishman; she (Devos) is a flat-broke French actress on a day's hiatus from the run of a show. The line between running-from and running-to becomes blurred in the course of a day of missed chances and chance encounters that holds the promise of passion and maybe something more in the anonymity of a hotel room. In French and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)