Weeklong Runs & Special Events

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

Showtimes

Fri, May 1st at 6:00pm
Sun, May 3rd at 4:45pm
Sat, May 9th at 5:30pm
Sat, May 16th at 4:45pm
Thu, May 21st at 6:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 5:30pm
Sat, May 30th at 5:30pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 6:00pm
Average: 4.3 (7 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
  1. (YUME TO KYOKI NO OKOKU)
  2. 2013, Mami Sunada, Japan, 118 min.

“Captures something poetic about art and creativity that could speak to anyone." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“Riveting… the clear-eyed celebration that Ghibli’s artists deserve.” — Simon Abrams, Village Voice

Welcome to the chaotic hidden world of Studio Ghibli, as legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) draws storyboards for THE WIND RISES, said to be his final film. A white cat roams freely in this inner sanctum, employees perform calisthenics to a radio show, and their eccentric master dispenses tough love with a show of humility, alternating grandfatherly solicitude with doom-laden pronouncements. Filmmaker Sunada candidly captures the highs and the lows of the creative process, a plethora of Ghibli contradictions, the prickly rivalry between Miyazaki and Takahata (THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA), and the crucial role of beleaguered producer Toshio Suzuki. Rhapsodic coverage of the completion and debut of THE WIND RISES is a Studio Ghibli fan’s dream. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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I AM BIG BIRD

Showtimes

Fri, May 15th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 16th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 17th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 17th at 4:45pm
Mon, May 18th at 6:00pm
Mon, May 18th at 7:45pm
Tue, May 19th at 7:45pm
Wed, May 20th at 6:00pm
Thu, May 21st at 6:00pm
Fri, May 22nd at 6:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 3:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 4:45pm
Mon, May 25th at 3:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 27th at 7:45pm
Thu, May 28th at 6:00pm
Average: 4 (5 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. I AM BIG BIRD:
  2. THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  1. 2014, Dave La Mattina and Chad N. Walker, USA, 90 min.

"Involving and affectionate."
— Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"Speaks to the heart… one of the best films of the year." — Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine

In this heart-warming behind-the-scenes chronicle, Big Bird, one of the most memorable and beloved of all Muppets, is seen as inseparable from puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the man who has worn the yellow suit and shaped the eight-foot-tall bird’s childlike persona for more than forty years. Spinney’s life as Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch), including his long friendship with Jim Henson, is revealed, including through intimate home movies from his personal archive, to complete the moving tale of the evolution of the lovable character that has played a starring role in the lives of generations of children. High points include Big Bird’s triumphal tour of China. DCP digital. (BS)

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GOOD KILL

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Fri, May 22nd at 6:00pm
Fri, May 22nd at 8:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 5:15pm
Sat, May 23rd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 5:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 7:45pm
Mon, May 25th at 3:00pm
Mon, May 25th at 5:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 7:45pm
Wed, May 27th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 27th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 28th at 7:45pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. GOOD KILL
  1. 2014, Andrew Niccol, USA, 102 min.
  2. With Ethan Hawke, January Jones

"Provocatively depicts drone warfare as a real-life sci-fi horror ... The bold, confrontational tone commands one's attention, and the cast is superb."
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

"A tense war drama notable for its tact and intelligence."
— Guy Lodge, Variety

As writer and/or director of GATTACA, S1M0NE, and THE TRUMAN SHOW, Andrew Niccol established himself as a specialist in thought-provoking science fiction, but, despite its futuristic feel, GOOD KILL is anything but science fiction. The first film to deal seriously with America’s escalating use of drone warfare, this potent blend of war film and psychological drama centers on Tom Egan, a one-time fighter pilot who now sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Nevada and uses a video screen to fire missiles at suspected terrorists 7,000 miles away. “War is now a first-person shooter,” as Egan’s C.O. (Bruce Greenwood) says. Hawke delivers a superbly controlled performance as Egan, his Eastwoodesque macho buckling under the pressures of remote-control warfare, which grow worse when the CIA (chillingly voiced by Peter Coyote) starts calling the shots, and euphemisms like “signature strike” and “acceptable risk” narrow the gap between terrorism and those who war against it. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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ANIMALS

Showtimes

Fri, May 22nd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 7:30pm
Tue, May 26th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 28th at 8:30pm
Average: 4.6 (8 votes)

Chicago premiere!
David Dastmalchian in person!

  1. ANIMALS
  1. 2014, Collin Schiffli, USA, 90 min.
  2. With David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard

"A stark, brilliant, uncompromising, beautifully acted piece of work ... feels as authentic as any Chicago I’ve seen on film in recent years." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"Both accessible and intimately unsettling."
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Addiction fuels the fantasy of outlaw romance and drives young and attractive Jude (Dastmalchian) and Bobbie (Shaw) to uncommonly creative heights of con artistry in search of the next fix while living in a car on the streets of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Based on screenwriter/actor Dastmalchian’s own experiences, ANIMALS balances the downward trajectory of the pair of once upwardly mobile millennials with maneuvers steeped in dark humor, including a scam in which the lovers impersonate wedding guests in order to make off with pricey gifts. DCP digital. (BS)


Following Friday's screening, actor David Dastmalchian and director Collin Schiffli will be present for audience discussion, moderated by Ain't It Cool News and Gapers Block film critic Steve Prokopy.

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AN HONEST LIAR

Showtimes

Sat, May 23rd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 3:00pm
Mon, May 25th at 5:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 6:00pm
Average: 4.6 (5 votes)
  1. AN HONEST LIAR
  1. 2014, Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom, USA, 92 min.

"A jaunty, jovial portrait with a surprising sting in its tail."
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Extraordinary, not-to-be-missed documentary... unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving."
— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

James Randi - aka “The Amazing Randi” - is truly amazing, a still dynamic 86-year-old who has devoted a lifetime to both practicing and exposing trickery. After being bitten by the magic bug as a teenager, he ran away to a carnival and launched a successful career as a Houdini-class escape artist. The vintage clips of Randi’s early feats (including a Niagara heels-hanger) are hugely entertaining, but the film develops and deepens as it goes on. After retiring from show business, Randi became a tireless crusader in the cause of scientific skepticism, exposing high-profile charlatans such as psychic Uri Geller and faith healer Peter Popoff. Randi has to tackle his own deceptiveness by taking a 25-year relationship out of the closet, but an unexpected final-act revelation gives the question of deception yet another twist. The talking heads include Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, Alice Cooper (whose guillotine stunt was rigged by Randi), and Randi’s frequent target, Uri Geller. DCP digital. (MR)

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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

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Chicago premiere!

  1. ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
  1. (SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE)
  2. 2013, Pascal Plisson, France/China, 77 min.

"The sort of direct, expressive, and compassionate filmmaking that can be appreciated by anyone ... a movie André Bazin would have loved, down to its absorbing deep-focus cinematography." — Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

"Epically heroic and timeless."
— Chris Packham, Village Voice

Just getting to school creates harrowing adventure and demands heroic stamina of four children living in Kenya, Morocco, Patagonia, and Bengal. Lush photography in breathtaking locales stands in incongruous contrast to the dangers involved in each child’s daily journey, documented over many miles of treacherous terrain, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, or on foot through high mountain passes in Morocco. Director Plisson eschews moralizing, allowing the children’s unflagging desire for education to speak for itself. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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FELIX AND MEIRA

The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, June 3, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Todd Hasak-Lowy, novelist (“Captives”), translator, author of “Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Hebrew Fiction,” and teacher of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 6:00pm
Fri, May 29th at 8:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 31st at 3:00pm
Sun, May 31st at 5:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 8:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!

  1. FELIX AND MEIRA
  1. (FÉLIX ET MEIRA)
  2. 2014, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 105 min.
  3. With Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil

"Distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity."
— Peter Debruge, Variety

“Shows an outstanding hand at observation and subtlety... Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film."
— Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer

A naïve young Hasidic wife and new mother chafes under the severity and ritual embraced by her devout husband and his family, rebelling through secret birth control pills and a love of forbidden soul music. In the depths of a Montreal winter, Meira (Yaron of FILL THE VOID) crosses paths with Felix (Dubreuil), middle-aged, spiritually adrift, and without direction in the wake of his father’s death. Against all odds, each finds a new reason for hope in the other, but director Giroux has a more complex goal than crafting a simplistic romance. Cultural differences take their toll on the would-be lovers, and tentative steps toward joy will exact a hefty price. In French, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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AMOUR FOU

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 3:15pm
Sun, May 31st at 5:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 6:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 8:15pm
Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

First Chicago run!

  1. AMOUR FOU
  1. 2014, Jessica Hausner, Germany/Austria, 96 min.
  2. With Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink

“Disquietingly funny... Imagine a Jane Austen drawing-room comedy as directed by Michael Haneke and you’re halfway there.” — Justin Chang, Variety

"A savage, liberating wit lies beneath the surface; this often plays like a wicked parody of Eric Rohmer's Kleist adaptation, THE MARQUISE OF O."
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Would you care to die with me?” Such is the absurd but wholly sincere proposal employed by the underappreciated, overwrought German Romantic writer Heinrich von Kleist (“The Marquise of O”) as he seeks a soul mate to join him in a suicide pact. After repeated rejections, he finally strikes a chord in Henriette Vogel, a dutiful young wife and mother tempted by an alternative to the suffocating strictures of Prussian society. Filmmaker Hausner (LOVELY RITA, LOURDES) treats this bizarre but true 1811 incident with Kubrickian irony, locking her characters into exquisitely detailed, painterly tableaux and viewing their absurdities with a mixture of sympathy and sardonic humor, as her two unlikely lovers bumble their way toward immortality. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either AMOUR FOU or THE MARQUISE OF O..., and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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THE MARQUISE OF O

Showtimes

Sat, May 30th at 5:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 6:15pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. THE MARQUISE OF O...
  1. (DIE MARQUISE VON O…)
  2. 1976, Eric Rohmer, Germany/France, 102 min.
  3. With Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz

"A dazzling testament... witty, joyous and so beautiful to look at." — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

THE MARQUISE OF O... marked a departure in Rohmer’s career, and it remains one of his most intriguing and provocative films. It was his first period film, his first film after the completion of the Six Moral Tales series, his first (and only) film not in French, and his first literary adaptation. The source is German author Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella. During the Napoleonic Wars, a virtuous German widow (Clever) is rescued from rape by a dashing Russian officer (Ganz). Nevertheless, she finds herself mysteriously pregnant, and her protestations of innocence do not spare her from family ostracism and social disgrace. Though he renders Kleist’s text with almost word-for-word fidelity, Rohmer distances its patently outdated attitudes through a comic tone, a theatrical acting style, and painterly tableaux exquisitely photographed by Nestor Almendros. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either AMOUR FOU or THE MARQUISE OF O..., and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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'71

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 8:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 31st at 3:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 6:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 8:30pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. '71
  1. 2014, Yann Demange, UK, 99 min.
  2. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris

★★★★
"Swift and exciting, with no taste for the usual war movie heroics." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Set in bloody Belfast in 1971, this sensational directing debut by Yann Demange is an ultra-gritty war movie whose white-knuckle intensity pushes it far into thriller territory and even, at times, toward the borders of the horror film. Jack O’Connell delivers a riveting performance as Pvt. Hook, a green British soldier shipped to Belfast, where his unit is almost immediately caught in the middle of a riot. In the ensuing confusion, Hook is cut off from his comrades and must make his way back alone through enemy territory with a long night coming on. He finds himself in a treacherous maze not only of deserted streets and twisting alleys, but of opposing political factions and factions within factions, all of them riddled with spies, and most of them wanting him dead. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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BLIND

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 5th at 8:15pm
Sat, Jun 6th at 3:00pm
Sun, Jun 7th at 5:15pm
Mon, Jun 8th at 8:15pm
Tue, Jun 9th at 6:00pm
Wed, Jun 10th at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 11th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 11th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

First Chicago run!

  1. BLIND
  1. 2014, Eskil Vogt, Norway, 96 min.
  2. With Ellen Dorrit Peterson, Henrik Rafaelson

“A sparkling directorial debut… ingeniously cinematic.”
— Scott Foundas, Variety

“Brilliantly blurs the line between perception and voyeurism."
— Patrick Peters, Empire

The newly sightless world of Ingrid (Peterson) – lithe, beautiful, and married to an up-and-coming architect – is peopled by a host of busy characters and unexpected relationships. There’s the scruffy porn-addicted neighbor with a letch for the single mother across the way. There’s her husband, who plays stalker and courts an online love interest. The line between the concrete world and the imagination starts to get fuzzy. Visualization takes on new meaning in a plot that becomes an intriguing hall of mirrors in this first feature directed by acclaimed screenwriter Vogt (OSLO, AUGUST 31; LOUDER THAN BOMBS), winner of the screenwriting prize at Sundance. Note: Contains explicit sexual content. In Norwegian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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WOMAN IN GOLD

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Fri, Jun 5th at 6:00pm
Sat, Jun 6th at 5:00pm
Sun, Jun 7th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jun 8th at 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 9th at 10:00am
Tue, Jun 9th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jun 10th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 11th at 1:00pm
Thu, Jun 11th at 7:45pm
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  1. WOMAN IN GOLD
  1. 2015, Simon Curtis, USA/UK, 110 min.
  2. With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

“A fascinating story, beautifully photographed and greatly elevated by a brilliant performance from the invaluable Helen Mirren." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“What WOMAN IN GOLD has over nonfiction portrayals is emotion... Mirren and Reynolds have great chemistry.”
— Serena Donadoni, Village Voice

A stirring true-life story serves as the showcase for yet another masterful performance by the ageless Helen Mirren. She plays the tart and principled Maria Altmann, an Austrian-Jewish émigré operating a dress shop in Los Angeles. With the help of an inexperienced lawyer (Reynolds), she takes on virtually the entire Austrian nation by seeking restitution of Gustav Klimt’s gilded tour de force “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” a painting of Maria’s beloved aunt that was stolen from her family by the Nazis and is now valued at over $100 million. Maria’s motives have less to do with money than with memories, and those memories, both precious and painful, are evoked in vivid flashbacks, featuring Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) as the younger Maria in a vivacious performance that almost steals the show from the incomparable Mirren. In English and German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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HARD TO BE A GOD

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 5th at 6:30pm
Sat, Jun 6th at 7:00pm
Mon, Jun 8th at 6:30pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. HARD TO BE A GOD
  1. (TRUDNO BYT BOGOM)
  2. 2013, Aleksey German, Russia, 170 min.
  3. With Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov

“The most important Russian film of the 21st century so far." — Anton Dolin, Film Comment

“Probably one of the capital-G Great Films… it makes almost any other film you would care to put next to it seem puny."
— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

Based on the novel by Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, this plunge into a fetid world of medieval horror on a distant planet 800 years into the future is not for the faint of heart. An earthling scientist sent to observe the backward alien civilization becomes worshipped as a god, as a brutally depraved society driven by animal impulses revels heartily in the copious mud and excrement of its own ignorance. Years in the making, and effectively the last will and testament of dissident cult director German (MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN; KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR!), HARD TO BE A GOD is a big screen experience of gargantuan vision and challenging yet awe-inspiring scope. In Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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REBELS OF THE NEON GOD

Showtimes

Sat, Jun 6th at 7:45pm
Sun, Jun 7th at 3:00pm
Tue, Jun 9th at 6:00pm
Wed, Jun 10th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

New digital restoration!
Archival 35mm print!

  1. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD
  1. (CHING SHAO NIEN NUO ZHA)
  2. 1992, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 109 min.
  3. With Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung

"The creation of a wildly original artist coming into his own... feels anything but dated."
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“About as close as contemporary filmmaking gets to the essence of poetry... one of the most assured and accomplished debuts of the 1990s."
— Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader

Taipei by night, with an array of cheap hotels, electronic game parlors, clubs, and horrifyingly dank basement apartments, is as much a character in REBELS OF THE NEON GOD as its four belligerently alienating protagonists. A seemingly model student (Lee) becomes involved--at first accidentally, then obsessively--with two young thieves who rip off video arcades. Director Tsai (THE HOLE), in his first feature, indicates the direction of a new generation of filmmakers--life in a city that is simultaneously hellish and beckoning, a place where childhood is a non-existent state. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (BS)


Note: An imported 35mm archival print, courtesy of the Taiwan Film Institute, will be shown on Sunday. All other screenings will be in the newly restored DCP digital version.

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MADAME BOVARY

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 12th at 6:00pm
Sat, Jun 13th at 7:45pm
Sun, Jun 14th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jun 15th at 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 16th at 8:15pm
Wed, Jun 17th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 18th at 8:15pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!

  1. MADAME BOVARY
  1. 2014, Sophie Barthes, UK/Belgium, 118 min.
  2. With Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans

“A visual delight… breathes life into a classic story, with a delicate hand and a careful eye.”
— Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine

“Measured and absorbing… reveals a sly intelligence at the helm.” — Justin Chang, Variety

In this first adaptation of Flaubert’s classic directed by a woman, the story of Emma Bovary’s unsatisfying marriage to an unambitious country doctor is collapsed into a few months. Wasikowska (MAPS TO THE STARS, JANE EYRE) brings psychological nuance to her subtle characterization of the girlishly naïve yet haughty Emma, as passion for the unattainable takes hold of her life in the form of a bottomless lust for fine furnishings and silken gowns and increasingly desperate dalliances with other men. Director Barthes (COLD SOULS) cannily contrasts the expansive beauty of the French countryside with Emma’s dark plight in a trap of her own making. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 12th at 8:15pm
Sat, Jun 13th at 3:00pm
Sun, Jun 14th at 5:15pm
Mon, Jun 15th at 8:15pm
Tue, Jun 16th at 6:00pm
Wed, Jun 17th at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 18th at 6:00pm
No votes yet
  1. THE SALT OF THE EARTH
  1. 2014, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders, France/Brazil/Italy, 110 min.

“Compelling… a moving account of one man’s global exploration." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“An odyssey of a tragic observer… shows a master at work." — Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

This visually arresting, Oscar-nominated documentary follows Brazilian photographer Sebastão Salgado, known for human rights and environmental work in books including “Genesis.” “Africa,” and “Exodus,” on current assignment and revisits sites of past work. The heart of the film is Salgado’s illuminating and often shocking narration of the stories behind his most famous photos, revealing the artist as a man transformed by the horrors he witnessed while covering cataclysmic events, including the Ethiopian famine and Rwandan genocide. In French, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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LITTLE ENGLAND

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 12th at 7:45pm
Sat, Jun 13th at 5:15pm
Wed, Jun 17th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 18th at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. LITTLE ENGLAND
  1. (MIKRA ANGLIA)
  2. 2013, Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece, 132 min.
  3. With Pinelopi Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali

“Unquestionably made for the big screen… monumental and expansive." — Vrasidas Karalis, Film Icon

“Handsomely mounted and impeccably acted… the trio of female protagonists is never less than mesmerizing.”
— Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Greek auteur Voulgaris (BRIDES, produced by Martin Scorsese) centers this story on the tumultuous relationship of an unbending mother with her two daughters over two decades, as the sisters become rivals in love for the same man. Set on the starkly beautiful island of Andros beginning in 1930, LITTLE ENGLAND is based on the popular novel by Ioanna Karystiani (published in English as “The Jasmine Island”). Voulgaris masterfully evokes the passions of seafaring society where women can wait a lifetime for men who may never return. Rebellious Orsa (Tsilika) is given to a prosperous captain in an arranged marriage, only to see her flighty sister Moscha (Kokkali) promised to Orsa’s secret love. Winner of nine Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival, and Greece’s 2015 submission for Oscar consideration. In Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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EVERY LAST CHILD

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 12th at 6:00pm
Mon, Jun 15th at 6:15pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!

  1. EVERY LAST CHILD
  1. 2014, Tom Roberts, UAE/Pakistan, 83 min.

"Provocative and hard-hitting."
— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Anti-vaxxers in Pakistan come in the form of Taliban extremists who have gunned down more than sixty health care workers, mostly women engaged in inoculating children against polio. This gripping documentary has all the characteristics of a high-stakes drama, as health officials in the last nation on earth where polio rages brainstorm a campaign that will counter the ignorance that causes parents to fall prey to the deadly lies concerning the claimed dire effects of the vaccine. In Urdu, English, Pashto, and Hindko with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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JAUJA

Showtimes

Sat, Jun 13th at 7:45pm
Sun, Jun 14th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jun 15th at 8:15pm
Tue, Jun 16th at 6:00pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. JAUJA
  1. 2014, Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/Denmark, 109 min.
  2. With Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby

"Splendid, quietly passionate dream-Western… captivating."
— Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

“Hallucinatory head-trip Western… Alonso saves his most dazzling trick for last: a sudden plunge down a Lynchian rabbit hole." — Scott Foundas, Variety

Avant-garde director Alonso (LOS MUERTOS, LIVERPOOL) brings the power of the vast Patagonian landscape to bear on this eerie pampas-and-desert-bound journey set in 1882, as the Danish officer Captain Dinesen (Mortensen, also the film’s producer and composer) and his daughter and a small military contingent travel by horseback. The stark mystery of the land fatefully alters the captain’s mission to locate the Europeans’ dream of a golden Eldorado, as the girl disappears in the company of a young soldier, and a wiry wild dog leads him into a time warp. In Spanish and Danish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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THE FACE OF AN ANGEL

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 19th at 8:00pm
Sat, Jun 20th at 5:00pm
Sun, Jun 21st at 5:30pm
Mon, Jun 22nd at 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 23rd at 6:00pm
Wed, Jun 24th at 8:00pm
Thu, Jun 25th at 8:15pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!

  1. THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
  1. 2014, Michael Winterbottom, UK, 100 min.
  2. With Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale

“Layered, enquiring... Winterbottom conjures up a haunting gothic atmosphere in Siena.”
— Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

“There’s much to admire… makes for compelling viewing.”
— Ben Nicholson, CineVue

The notorious Italian murder trial of Amanda Knox is the catalyst for this mirror-image fictional narrative, but director Winterbottom (THE TRIP TO ITALY, THE TRIP) pulls an artful bait-and-switch as he employs his signature talent for evoking the haunting allure of Italian locations. The film focuses on the labyrinthine story of Thomas Lang (Brühl), a filmmaker who disdains the trial’s heated media frenzy to trace the hazy trail of the murder victim. In the manner of Dante, Lang is led into the lower depths of the Tuscan city of Siena by two muses, an elusive journalist (Beckinsale) and a wild-child British student (Cara Delevingne). In English and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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DIOR AND I

Showtimes

Fri, Jun 19th at 6:00pm
Sat, Jun 20th at 7:45pm
Sun, Jun 21st at 3:15pm
Mon, Jun 22nd at 6:00pm
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  1. DIOR AND I
  1. 2014, Frédéric Tcheng, France, 90 min.

“Marvelous… a great fashion movie, but it’s also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field." — Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

“A fashion doc with both a sense of history and a feel for the energy of a work in progress."
— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

The fashion house of Dior turns a new page in the wake of a scandal, and Belgian minimalist Raf Simons prepares to assume the mantle of its legendary founder Christian Dior in this witty and detailed insider’s look at the atelier and its operations. The spirit of the master is present in the form of voiceover interludes from his journal, as a thoroughly intimidated Simons, new to the world of haute couture, races to absorb the culture and the exacting work processes with only eight weeks to create his debut collection. In English, French, Italian, and Flemish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

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  1. CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
  1. 2014, Olivier Assayas
  2. France/Switzerland, 124 min.
  3. With Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

“Complex, wickedly funny and dark… features the best ensemble acting of any film I’ve seen so far this year.”
— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Astounding performances by Binoche and Stewart… two actresses at the top of their game."
— John Anderson, Newsday

A trio of stars strike sparks off one another when director Assayas (SOMETHING IN THE AIR, CARLOS) delves into the rarefied world of stardom through an elusive shape-shifting story rife with emotional violence. Maria (Binoche), an internationally renowned forty-year-old star accustomed to the perks of fame, is forced to uncomfortably confront the ascendancy of youth through a relationship with her new whip-smart personal assistant (César-winner Stewart) as she holes up in an Alpine retreat to prepare for a role opposite a manipulative young beauty (Moretz). In a double-edged method reminiscent of his cult hit IRMA VEP, Assayas plays off the real-life personas and reputations of his three leading actresses. In English, French, German, and Swiss German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO

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New 35mm print!

  1. FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO
  1. (DE MAYERLING À SARAJEVO)
  2. 1940, Max Ophüls, France, 97 min.
  3. With John Lodge, Edwige Feuillère

"One of Ophüls’s most neglected and finest works."
— Robin Wood

“An exemplary political film, the counterpart to Jean Renoir’s THE RULES OF THE GAME."
— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

This long-unseen film by the brilliant cosmopolite Max Ophüls is presented in a new 35mm print. As often, he presents thwarted romance with an elegance and wit that undercuts sentimentality (but not feeling); what’s unusual for Ophüls is the film’s more explicit political dimension. Made at the onset of a world war, the film centers on the personage whose 1914 assassination precipitated the previous one: the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Lodge), whose liberal ideas and whose love for an outspoken Czech nationalist (Feuillère) are both adamantly opposed by his father, the Emperor Franz Joseph. As demonstrated in the scintillating opening scene, Ophüls offers a backstage view of the theater of history, where we see the machinery behind the spectacle and the motives behind the masks. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

A LITTLE CHAOS

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  1. A LITTLE CHAOS
  1. 2014, Alan Rickman, UK, 116 min.
  2. With Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts

"Winslet’s aptly grounded demeanor anchors the film… richly enjoyable." — Simon Kinnear, Total Film

“Romantic and funny and smart and wise and just plain different. This is a historical dramedy about gardening. How cool is that?" — Maryann Johanson, Flick Filosopher

Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (THE READER) is at her most voluptuously provocative in the plum role of Sabine de Barra, an unorthodox gardener to Louis XIV. Tasty court intrigue, unbidden romance, and 17th-century sexism punctuate this tale set in stunning gardens and palatial interiors, where the beautiful widowed commoner with a tragedy in her past wins both friends and enemies in high places. Director/actor Rickman (THE WINTER GUEST) plays the Sun King whose command to landscape designer André Le Notre (Schoenaerts of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD) puts work on the gardens of Versailles into high gear and triggers the unprecedented hiring of Sabine to create the innovative Rockwork Grove. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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MANGLEHORN

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  1. MANGLEHORN
  1. 2014, David Gordon Green, USA, 97 min.
  2. With Al Pacino, Holly Hunter

“The finest performance Pacino has delivered in years."
— Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“A quietly assured performance that not only may be among the most atypical of Pacino’s career, but may also be one of his best." — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Although his over-the-top roles tend to get most of the attention, Pacino’s restrained efforts (e.g., DONNIE BRASCO, CARLITO’S WAY) can be even more impressive, revealing depths of subtlety while losing none of the power. In MANGLEHORN, he delivers a quietly spellbinding performance under the guidance of director Green (GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOE), whose gifts for regional flavor and loose, character-driven narratives elicit one of Pacino’s richest, most complex characterizations. A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) is a widowed locksmith in a small Texas town who keeps people at a distance while living in the past. The heart of the film is a series of one-on-one encounters in which Manglehorn displays a devastating mixture of charisma and insensitivity--with his needy investment-banker son (Chris Messina), with a one-time Little League coachee (a highly amusing Harmony Korine) who now operates a sleazy “tanning parlor,” and, most important, with a sympathetic bank teller (Hunter) who might represent Manglehorn’s last, best chance to break out of his locked-up life. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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