Weeklong Runs & Special Events
Lisa Joyce in person!
- A MASTER BUILDER
- (aka FEAR OF FALLING)
- 2013, Jonathan Demme, USA, 127 min.
- With Wallace Shawn, Lisa Joyce
“Terrifically performed…channels rage, joy and delusions.”
–Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Renowned provocateurs André Gregory and Wallace Shawn (MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ, VANYA ON 42ND STREET) join Oscar-winning director Demme (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) for a grippingly fresh interpretation of Ibsen’s most autobiographical work. Runaway ego and monster hubris are embodied in an ailing architect (Shawn) who cruelly bends others to his will, including his dispirited wife (Julie Hagerty), talented but emasculated apprentice, and submissive mistress. The unexpected arrival of Hilda (Chicago’s own Jeff Award and Pulitzer-nominated Lisa Joyce), a pouty-mouthed young tease with a provocative laugh, who may or may not have been molested by the builder ten years earlier, fatefully changes the dynamic. Shawn and Joyce strike sparks off each other in a scintillating, obsessively engaging battle of wits as death looms in the background. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Actor Lisa Joyce will be present for audience discussion on Saturday and Sunday. Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones will moderate the Saturday discussion. Ain't It Cool News film critic Steve Prokopy aka "Capone" will moderate the Sunday discussion.
- 2013, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 80 min.
- With Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska
“**** One of the year’s gems…an intimate chronicle of moral compromises.”
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Shimmers with beauty and detail: it’s breathtakingly great…the kind of ideally realized essential cinema that I want to see again, and soon, and again."
–Ray Pride, NewCity
One of the best reviewed films of the year, IDA is a film of quiet power. Before taking her final vows, docile and devout Anna, a novice nun in Sixties Poland, where memories of WWII are still fresh, is sent to visit her only living relative, the hard-bitten, hard-drinking aunt she never knew. Faith and the past collide as Anna learns the shocking truth about herself and her family, and the two women embark on a road trip into troubling territory. In Polish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
First Chicago run!
- DINOSAUR 13
- 2014, Todd Douglas Miller, USA, 105 min.
“Awe-inspiring and tragic…shifts into a swiftly-paced legal thriller.”
–Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Involving…engaging characters and the persistent appeal of dinosaurs.”
–John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Everyone knows Sue, the majestic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is the pride of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Less known is the bizarre seven-year tale of intrigue, perfidy, double-dealing, and government intervention that resulted in the dinosaur-hunting discoverers, members of South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute, being divested of their find, cheated of recognition, and even sent to prison. Assembly of the gigantic fossil is something of a metaphor for filmmaker Miller’s meticulous reconstruction of a story that includes home movie footage of Sue’s discovery and recovery, her 1992 kidnapping by heavily armed FBI agents, a rip-roaring courtroom drama as her ownership falls into dispute, and her eventual sale at auction for a heart-stopping sum. DCP digital. (BS)
First Chicago run!
- THE GERMAN DOCTOR
- 2013, Lucía Puenzo, Argentina/Spain, 93 min.
- With Àlex Brendemühl, Florencia Bado
“A smart and unsettling atmospheric thriller.”
–Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
“The film is a quiet knockout. So is its young star.”
–Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
It’s 1960, and, deep among the snow-capped mountains of Patagonia, a charismatic doctor (Brendemühl) attaches himself to a newly arrived family in a community filled with fiercely loyal German ex-pats. The story, based on director Puenzo’s novel, is seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Lilith (Bado), who develops a girlish crush after being pronounced “a perfect specimen” by the dapper physician, who, strangely enough, takes a special interest in her mother’s pregnancy with twins. Secrets, experimental therapies, and the imminent arrival of Nazi-hunters suggest that this controlling family friend is not who he seems. In Spanish, German, and Hebrew with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
First Chicago run!
- A SUMMER'S TALE
- (CONTE D'ÉTÉ)
- 1996, Eric Rohmer, France, 113 min.
- With Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet
“The sunniest and funniest of Rohmer’s seasonal tales…wonderfully witty...truly great art.”
–Geoff Andrew, Time Out London
“Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.”
–Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
As several critics have noted, no filmmaker dealt with young people more perceptively than the late Eric Rohmer. Never released theatrically in the U.S., A SUMMER'S TALE is in some ways a youthful variation on Rohmer’s 1970 masterpiece CLAIRE'S KNEE, with an uncommitted hero dallying between three women while on vacation. Gaspard (Poupaud), a naïve math student, arrives in a Brittany seaside town to await the arrival of his girlfriend Lena. In the meantime, he becomes involved with two other women: Margot (an enchanting performance by Amanda Langlet of Rohmer’s PAULINE AT THE BEACH), who becomes his confidante, and Solene, whose appeal is more overtly sensual. As in CLAIRE'S KNEE and many of his other films, Rohmer (abetted by the sunny atmosphere and an attractive young cast in bathing suits) generates enormous erotic tension without resorting to explicitness. In French with English subtitles. (MR)
Note: An imported 35mm archival print of the film, courtesy of the Institut Français, will be shown on Sunday and Monday. All other screenings will be in the newly restored DCP digital version.
First Chicago run!
- A LETTER TO MOMO
- (MOMO E NO TEGAMI)
- 2011, Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan, 120 min.
“A milestone of traditional handmade animation…truly beautiful to watch.”
–Guillem Rosset, Twitch.com
“A beautiful, precisely crafted movie that both children and adults can enjoy.”
–Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic.com
Three mischievous goblins ease a young girl’s transition into a new life after the death of her dad in this poignant and often comic coming-of-age saga seven years in the making. Director Okiura (JIN-ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE) employed the talents of animation director Masashi Ando (SPIRITED AWAY) and art director Hiroshi Ôno (KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE) to create a handcrafted film that tenderly evokes the heartache of loss and the bumpiness of new beginnings. The naughty, fierce-looking spirits who tumble from an Edo-era book that Momo finds in the attic become her rambunctious guardians and links to another world. Presented in English with voices by Amanda Pace and Stephanie Sheh, and in Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
August 29--September 4
Fri. at 6:00 pm (English);
Sat. at 3:00 pm (English) and 7:45 pm (subtitled);
Sun. at 3:00 pm (English) and 5:15 pm (subtitled);
Monday at 3:00 pm (English);
Tue. at 6:00 pm (subtitled);
Wed. at 7:30 pm (English);
Thu. At 7:45 pm (subtitled)
First Chicago run!
Leslie Zemeckis in person!
- BOUND BY FLESH
- 2012, Leslie Zemeckis, USA, 90 min.
“A thought-provoking, heartstring-tugging film.”
–Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
“Remarkable…a gripping roller-coaster tale of showbiz tragedy.”
–Inkoo Kang, Indiewire
A long-forgotten story worth discovering, BOUND BY FLESH chronicles the sensational international saga of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Born to a British unwed mother in 1908, and exploited by a series of ruthless entrepreneurs, the girls sustained careers as world-famous and highly photogenic attractions in sideshows, in vaudeville, and in Tod Browning’s cult film FREAKS. With an astonishing wealth of archival film, audiotape, and photo documentation, director Zemeckis (BEHIND THE BURLY Q) traces their amazing careers from glory days through poignant decline to final obscurity as small-town supermarket cashiers. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Leslie Zemeckis will be present for audience discussion on Friday moderated by Steve Prokopy (aka “Capone”), Chicago editor for Ain’t It Cool News..
First Chicago run!
- (LA JALOUSIE)
- 2013, Philippe Garrel, France, 77 min.
- With Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis
“A rare love story with heart and heartbreak.”
–Trish Ferris, Sound on Sight
“Wickedly ironic…JEALOUSY is a work of rueful, retrospective wisdom, but its rough-edged beauty is very much of the moment.”
–Richard Brody, The New Yorker
The French do have a way with love on the screen. Director Garrel (REGULAR LOVERS) has cornered the market in romantic duplicity over four films starring his heartthrob son to make complicated affairs, cheating, heartbreak and jealousy somehow more humanly lovable à la française. Louis, a struggling young actor (Garrel), juggles relationships with his neurotically possessive new live-in lover Claudia (Mouglalis), his devastated ex-wife Clothilde, and his precocious little daughter Charlotte (quite a scene-stealer). Down in the doldrums, Claudia cheats; Louis flirts with cheating; and Charlotte dispenses her affection liberally. So many gray areas, and all rendered in lovely black-and-white. Voted best undistributed film in Film Comment’s 2013 poll. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
- A TERRIBLE BEAUTY
- (ÁILLE AN UAFÁIS)
- 2014, Keith Farrell, Ireland, 93 min.
- With Hugh O’Conor, Owen McDonnell
Ireland’s bloody 1916 Easter Rising was an early bid for the nation’s independence, but the massive loss of life was a tragedy that still resonates through the Irish diaspora. This meticulously researched docudrama combines archive footage and dramatic reenactments based on first-hand accounts to vividly recreate the ferocious battles of Dublin’s Mount Street and North King Street, as seen from the perspective of the Irish Volunteers, British soldiers, and innocent civilians. The title is taken from W.B. Yeats’s poem Easter 1916. In English and Gaelic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)