Weeklong Runs & Special Events



Fri, Sep 5th at 6:00pm
Sat, Sep 6th at 5:30pm
Sun, Sep 7th at 3:00pm
Mon, Sep 8th at 8:00pm
Tue, Sep 9th at 6:00pm
Wed, Sep 10th at 6:00pm
Thu, Sep 11th at 6:00pm
Thu, Sep 11th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. 2014, Steve James, USA, 115 min.

“A great life makes a great movie,
just as Roger Ebert wanted it.”
–Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times

“A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated,
Falstaffian figure…anyone who
cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing.”
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

This expansive profile of Chicago’s beloved film critic Roger Ebert was already in the works in the final months of Roger’s life, and filmmaker James (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS) doesn’t overlook even this painful chapter as he explores the amazing scope of a life well lived. Based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same title and produced by Martin Scorsese, LIFE ITSELF follows the spunky, socially conscious young college journalist from Urbana, Illinois, to the big city, where he gets a job on a daily newspaper, wins a Pulitzer Prize, raises a little hell, and ultimately connects with people via film criticism in a way that makes him a legend. DCP digital. (BS)

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Fri, Sep 5th at 8:15pm
Sat, Sep 6th at 3:00pm
Sat, Sep 6th at 7:45pm
Sun, Sep 7th at 5:00pm
Mon, Sep 8th at 6:00pm
Tue, Sep 9th at 8:15pm
Wed, Sep 10th at 6:00pm
Wed, Sep 10th at 8:30pm
Thu, Sep 11th at 8:15pm
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First Chicago run!

  1. 2013, Ari Folman, Israel/Germany/Poland, 122 min.
  2. With Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti

“Breathtaking sensory impact…
an original and thoroughly surprising
fusion of sensory overload and liberal philosophy.”
–Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Wonderful, bold and idiosyncratic filmmaking…
things get wild both visually and in terms of storytelling.”
–Jordan Hoffman, Film.com

Leave it to a critically acclaimed director as adventurous as Folman (WALTZ WITH BASHIR) to tackle a part-animated adaptation of the sprawling visionary sci-fi cult novel "The Futurological Congress" by Stanislaw Lem ("Solaris"). Robin Wright plays herself in a daring live-action and animated role as a fading actress offered a future-world Faustian bargain by her sinister manager (Keitel): to remain ever young via digital scanning. The story takes off into a labyrinthine time warp and features a virtuoso barrage of
hallucinatory imagery and down-the-rabbit-hole concepts of time and space, as an aging “Robin” encounters her virtual self in multiple guises and discovers the extent to which she has sold her soul. DCP digital. (BS)

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Fri, Sep 5th at 7:45pm
Sun, Sep 7th at 5:15pm
Wed, Sep 10th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Chicago premiere!
Tracy Droz Tragos via Skype!

  1. 2014, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, USA, 92 min.

“An important film...moody,
mesmerizing and immersive.”
–Katie Walsh, The Playlist

“A marvel of hard-won heartbreak...
the eye-level empathy of SPELLBOUND
–Logan Hill, Rolling Stone

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, RICH HILL is a compassionate and clear-eyed look at post-prosperity small-town America. Cousins/co-directors Tragos (BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY) and Palermo examine the tapped-out Missouri coal-mining town where their grandparents once lived, concentrating on three troubled teenage boys and their families. Andrew is the most stable of the three, but his father’s inability to support the family disrupts their lives with constant moves. Quick-witted, short-tempered Harley’s mother is in prison for attempted murder of her abusive husband. Chain-smoking, skate-boarding Appachey struggles with various disorders and a chaotic home life. Blending Malick-style lyricism with gritty verité, RICH HILL shows its embattled protagonists clinging fiercely to family bonds and the fraying tail-ends of the American Dream. DCP digital. (MR)

Co-director Tracy Droz Tragos will be available for audience discussion via Skype following the Friday screening.

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Sat, Sep 6th at 8:00pm
Mon, Sep 8th at 8:30pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. 2014, Mike Clattenburg, Canada, 95 min.
  2. With John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith

Whoo boy, this goofball stoner comedy is not for everyone. We dare you not to fall under the spell of this hilariously trashy long-running franchise and Canadian phenomenon straight from the redneck underbelly of Nova Scotia, where selling pot appears to be the only means of gainful employment. Ricky, Julian, and dim-witted Bubbles go on the road to claim an inheritance and close a dope deal, pursued by perennial nemesis Cyrus and his bare-chested pot-bellied boy toy. Ricky’s surprise testimony before the parliament in Ottawa is a high point (no pun intended). We regret that you’ll have to leave your bong at home, but our concession stand will be open. DCP digital. (BS)

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Fri, Sep 12th at 8:15pm
Sat, Sep 13th at 3:00pm
Sat, Sep 13th at 5:30pm
Sat, Sep 13th at 7:45pm
Sun, Sep 14th at 3:00pm
Sun, Sep 14th at 5:30pm
Mon, Sep 15th at 6:00pm
Mon, Sep 15th at 8:15pm
Tue, Sep 16th at 6:00pm
Tue, Sep 16th at 8:15pm
Wed, Sep 17th at 8:30pm
Thu, Sep 18th at 6:00pm
Thu, Sep 18th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (6 votes)

Chicago premiere!
Filmmakers in person!

  1. 2014, Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly, USA, 90 min.

Three homeless Chicago teenagers seasoned by rejection and life on the streets defy the odds to create a future, finding sympathy and support in surprising places. The filmmakers follow aspiring actor Roque, poet/painter Kasey, and Anthony, a rapper, poet and entrepreneur, into the haunting underworld of children cast off by broken or unfit families and left alone to navigate the perils of poverty and predation. As the three tenaciously fight for an education and eventual independence, the film powerfully explores surrounding issues of race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. A new production from Chicago’s renowned Kartemquin Films, creators of HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS. DCP digital. (BS)

Filmmakers, subjects, and representatives from Chicago homeless services organizations will be present for multiple shows. More information coming soon.

September 12—18

Friday, September 12 at 8:15 pm
Co-presented by Kartemquin and Spargel Productions

Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 pm
Co-presented by Chicago Hopes

Saturday, September 13 at 5:30 pm

Saturday, September 13 at 7:45 pm
Co-presented by DCFS and UCAN

Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 pm
Co-presented by The Night Ministry

Sunday, September 14 at 5:30 pm
Co-presented by Teen Living Programs

Monday, September 15 at 6:00 pm
Co-presented by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Monday, September 15 at 8:15 pm
Co-presented by Teen Living Programs

Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 pm
Co-presented by The Night Ministry

Tuesday, September 16 at 8:15 pm
Co-presented by National Runaway Safeline

Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 pm
Co-presented by The Night Ministry

Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 pm
Co-presented by Teen Living Programs

Thursday, September 18 at 8:15 pm

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Fri, Sep 12th at 8:00pm
Sat, Sep 13th at 3:15pm
Sat, Sep 13th at 7:45pm
Mon, Sep 15th at 6:00pm
Wed, Sep 17th at 8:30pm
Thu, Sep 18th at 8:15pm
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First Chicago run!

  1. 2013, Catherine Breillat, France, 105 min.
  2. With Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen

“Utterly unique and relentlessly watchable...
ranks as one of the most
important–if not the most important–
projects of Breillat’s career.”
–Christopher Schobert, The Playlist

“Crisp and sparkling, far more assured
than anything Breillat has done
in years...Huppert's performance is marvelous.”
–Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

France’s greatest actress and most provocative woman director team up for a haunting, harrowing drama that gives Breillat’s recurring concerns with the body and power games a uniquely personal twist. Based on events in Breillat’s own life, the film centers on Maud (Huppert), a noted film director who, after suffering a serious stroke, impulsively casts charismatic con man Vilko (French rapper Shen) to star in her next film. They enter into a complex relationship that mingles domination and submission on both sides and leads to Maud’s financial ruin. Breillat (FAT GIRL, THE LAST MISTRESS) reflects on her personal disasters with a mixture of unsparing candor and baffled incomprehension that finds its ideal interpreter in Huppert, the virtuosa of barefaced elusiveness.
In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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Fri, Sep 19th at 8:00pm
Sat, Sep 20th at 3:00pm
Sat, Sep 20th at 7:45pm
Mon, Sep 22nd at 6:00pm
Mon, Sep 22nd at 8:00pm
Tue, Sep 23rd at 8:15pm
Wed, Sep 24th at 8:00pm
Thu, Sep 25th at 8:15pm
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Chicago premiere!
Thomas Allen Harris in person!

  1. 2014, Thomas Allen Harris, USA, 92 min.

“An exhilarating approach to the
history of representation...rigorous,
intellectually challenging, and
astonishingly moving.”
–Bérénice Reynaud, Festival Reports

It has been, as one photographer notes, “a war of images within the American family album.” Covering the history of photography both by and of African Americans, this fascinating documentary traces the nearly 200-year struggle to counter demeaning and stereotyped images with positive and authentic ones. The story begins with slavery and the Civil War, followed by the call for new images by such leaders as Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Pioneer portraitists such as the Goodridge Brothers in Pennsylvania and James Vanderzee in Harlem paved the way for inspirational figures like Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, and Carrie Mae Weems. Linking the broader picture to his own personal and family history, photographer/filmmaker Harris crafts a moving and wide-ranging chronicle through lively interviews and an incredibly rich trove of photographs. DCP digital. (MR)

Director Thomas Allen Harris will be present for audience discussion on Friday and, tentatively, Saturday.

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Fri, Sep 19th at 6:30pm
Sat, Sep 20th at 2:00pm
Sat, Sep 20th at 4:45pm
Sat, Sep 20th at 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 21st at 2:00pm
Sun, Sep 21st at 4:45pm
Mon, Sep 22nd at 5:30pm
Tue, Sep 23rd at 6:00pm
Wed, Sep 24th at 5:30pm
Wed, Sep 24th at 7:45pm
Thu, Sep 25th at 6:00pm
Fri, Sep 26th at 5:45pm
Sat, Sep 27th at 2:30pm
Sat, Sep 27th at 4:45pm
Sat, Sep 27th at 7:30pm
Sun, Sep 28th at 2:30pm
Sun, Sep 28th at 4:45pm
Mon, Sep 29th at 5:30pm
Mon, Sep 29th at 7:45pm
Tue, Sep 30th at 6:00pm
Wed, Oct 1st at 5:30pm
Wed, Oct 1st at 7:45pm
Thu, Oct 2nd at 6:00pm
Thu, Oct 2nd at 8:15pm
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U.S. premiere!
Phil Grabsky and Andrew Patner in person!

  1. 2014, Phil Grabsky, UK, 112 min.
  2. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

“A superb account of a driven artist,
providing an understanding of
the creative impulse and how it is
captured and expressed.”
–John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review

“A directorial coup; inventively filmed, insightful,
engaging and poignant.
–William Dart, New Zealand Herald

In this latest installment of his popular series (IN SEARCH OF MOZART, ...BEETHOVEN, ...HAYDN), Phil Grabsky once again rescues a great composer from the one-dimensional myths about him. IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN is an in-depth portrait of the Polish-born Romantic musician (1810-1849) who revolutionized piano technique and was unsurpassed at conveying deep human emotion.

As in his previous films, Grabsky excels at intertwining the life and the art. He relates the emotional dimension of Chopin’s music to such personal factors as exile, class exclusion, lifelong battle with tuberculosis, death of a beloved sister, and opposites-attract affair with the scandalous George Sand. Especially illuminating is the inside commentary on Chopin’s music by an all-star roster of pianists, including lively, rock-star-ish Hershey Felder (who portrayed Chopin onstage), and Ronald Brautigam, who, after expressing his discomfort with Chopin’s emotionalism, performs a hair-raisingly intense rendition of the Ballade No.1 in G Minor. In English, Polish, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

Director Phil Grabsky will be present for audience discussion at all screenings on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the first week. The 2:00 pm shows on Saturday and Sunday will be moderated by Andrew Patner, Critic-at-Large for 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com and classical music and opera critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Fri, Sep 26th at 8:00pm
Sun, Sep 28th at 3:00pm
Average: 5 (7 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. 2014, Keith Farrell, Ireland, 93 min.
  2. 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)

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Fri, Sep 26th at 7:45pm
Sat, Sep 27th at 7:45pm
Sun, Sep 28th at 5:30pm
Mon, Sep 29th at 6:00pm
Mon, Sep 29th at 7:45pm
Tue, Sep 30th at 8:15pm
Wed, Oct 1st at 6:00pm
Wed, Oct 1st at 7:45pm
Thu, Oct 2nd at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (3 votes)

Chicago premiere!
Signe Baumane in person!

  1. 2014, Signe Baumane, USA, 88 min.

“Fiercely personal…an incredibly
sweet and touching film at heart.”
–Laurence Boyce, Cineuropa

“Enjoyably funny and complex…
telling an adult tale with dark humor.”
–Mark Adams, Screen Daily

Director Baumane has accomplished the seemingly impossible with this warm, humorous, and highly personal chronicle of her family’s history of depression. An animated film for grownups, laced with sardonic reflections, profound pathos, and more than a few guffaw-worthy scenarios, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS is a colorful first-person account of the mental illness that shadows the filmmaker’s female line, going back to her enterprising grandmother in 1920s Latvia. The entertaining and prize-winning memoir is rendered in an entrancing array of methods and techniques, including papier-mâché puppetry and stop-motion and hand-drawn animation. DCP digital. (BS)

Director/producer Signe Baumane and co-producer Sturgis Warner will be present for audience discussion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Fri, Oct 10th at 8:15pm
Sat, Oct 11th at 5:15pm
Sat, Oct 11th at 8:15pm
Sun, Oct 12th at 5:15pm
Mon, Oct 13th at 8:15pm
Tue, Oct 14th at 8:15pm
Wed, Oct 15th at 8:15pm
Thu, Oct 16th at 8:15pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. 2014, Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, UK, 97 min.

“A captivating record of an artist in full command of
her idiosyncratic powers.”
—Guy Lodge, Variety

“An extraordinary piece...It's utterly bonkers yet moving.”
—Lucy Siegle, The Guardian

This remarkable performance film was recorded at the climactic concert of Björk’s recent worldwide tour, based on her groundbreaking 2011 album Biophilia. Topped by a humongous wig, accompanied by an array of outlandish instruments, and surrounded by a choir of dulcet-voiced Scandi-maidens, the Icelandic icon is in prime form, from the crackling curtain-raiser “Thunderbolt” to the anthemic finale “Declare Independence.” Cutting-edge British director Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) and editor Fenton (SUBMARINE) embellish Björk’s nature-technology-music nexus with mind-expanding imagery that reaches from the cellular to the interstellar but never upstages the transcendent voice at the show’s core. DCP digital. (MR)