PREVIOUSLY

Lolo

2015, Julie Delpy, France, 99 min. With Julie Delpy, Dany Boon.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 13th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 17th 6:00pm

"An infinitely quotable riot." – Adam Morgan, Chicago Reader

"A high-concept comedy that's Delpy's most winningly mainstream concoction yet." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"Delpy's facility for creating chatty, funny, memorable characters — especially women — is rare, precious, and fully on view here." — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Rom-com meets cringe-com meets THE BAD SEED in this adventurous genre-hopper that highlights Julie Delpy’s skills behind and before the camera, with expert support from Dany Boon (MICMACS) and Karen Viard (POLISSE). Delpy plays Violette, a high-strung art director who is vacationing in Biarritz with her bawdy BFF (Viard) when she meets local yokel Jean-René (Boon). Despite their personality contrast, the Parisian sophisticate and the provincial klutz hit it off...until he encounters her 20-ish son Lolo (Vincente Lacoste of HIPPOCRATES). With a Bates-size maman complex beneath his boyish demeanor, Lolo slyly maneuvers Jean-René into a series of embarrassing faux pas whose consequences escalate from comical to catastrophic. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of FilmRise. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Issaka Sawadogo in person! Opening Night!

The Paradise Suite

2015, Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands/Sweden, 118 min. With Issaka Sawadogo, Anjela Nedyalkova.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 4th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 5th 8:00pm

"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

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One Day of Betty

2014, Yvonne Kerékgyártó, Hungary, 70 min. With Luca Pusztai, Agnes Barta.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 13th 5:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 17th 8:15pm

"Conveyed from a strikingly authentic female vantage point…vibrant energy and intoxicating imagery." — Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit

"A roller coaster of a journey…fresh and entertaining." — Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

Set against the chaos and hallucinogenic color of a Budapest music festival, this lively first feature, winner of the Gamechanger Award at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, follows 16-year-old gal pals Betti and V in a halting and bittersweet quest for forbidden adventure. Director Kerekgvarto brings authenticity to the push-pull dynamic between innocent but eager Betti and her swaggering best friend, as they ineptly peddle a small stash of pot to bankroll a naïve idyll of romantic hookup and adult freedom. In Hungarian with English subtitles.


Preceded by TO MY LITTLE TURTLE (2015, Martin Bonnici, Malta, 14 min.). An elderly widower works to fulfill his wife’s fondest wish following her death. In Maltese with English subtitles. DCP digital. Both courtesy of MN Entertainment. (BS)

Glassland

2014, Gerard Barrett, Ireland, 89 min. With Toni Collette, Jack Reynor.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 9th 6:00pm

"This is the real deal, the best Irish film in years." — Trevor Johnston, Sight & Sound

"If Ms. Collette doesn’t win all the possible awards for this performance, there is no justice in this life." — Sarah Manvel, Critic’s Notebook

Good intentions, bad breaks, and a brush with Dublin’s underworld mark this drama of aspiration and mother-son strife. In a raw, no-holds-barred performance, Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) is Jean, the alcoholic mother of Jack (Reynor), a young urban cab driver. The proverbial good son, Jack is caught between the yearning to move on with his life and his unshakeable love for this charismatic woman given to demonic rages when under the influence and infectious moods of celebration when sober. One last-ditch effort to get Jean help involves a dangerous deal with the devil. Courtesy of Film Movement. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

In Harmony

En équilibre

2015, Denis Dercourt, France, 88 min. With Albert Dupontel, Cécile de France.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 7th 6:00pm

"Thanks to a taut script and two stunning, nuanced performances, this is a tense, unconventional love story." – Adam Morgan, Chicago Reader

"Dercourt returns to form almost a decade after THE PAGE TURNER with a charming romance...beautifully photographed in the glorious Breton countryside." — David Parkinson, Radio Times

"The actors are undeniably magnetic, the stunt work is duly impressive." — Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

In the 2006 art-house hit THE PAGE TURNER, Denis Dercourt displayed a gift for drawing vivid performances and developing intense character relationships. Those strengths are evident again in his latest film, a showcase for the richly detailed characterizations by Albert Dupontel (IRREVERSIBLE) and Cécile de France (THE KID WITH A BIKE). Inspired by the autobiography of Bernard Sachsé, the story centers on an equestrian stuntman (Dupontel) who was rendered paraplegic by an on-set accident, and the insurance-company adjuster (de France) who is dispatched to his Brittany seacoast village to pressure him into reducing his claim. Impressed by his fierce determination, she finds her loyalties compromised to an extent that may endanger her career...and open up a new one. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Distrib Films. DCP digital. (MR)

Sunset Song

2015, Terence Davies, UK, 135 min. With Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 18th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 19th 3:30pm

"Nothing short of sublime...ranks with THE HOUSE OF MIRTH and THE LONG DAY CLOSES among Davies’s finest achievements." — Gavin Smith, Film Comment

"Ravishing cinematography ... a touch of Terrence Malick ... hints of Vermeer." – Mark Kermode, The Guardian

"A work of rare majesty...Terence Davies is our greatest cinematic poet." — Martyn Conterio, CineVue

Terence Davies (THE DEEP BLUE SEA; DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES) has been called "Britain’s greatest living filmmaker" (J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books, 2012). Based on the classic 1932 Scottish novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, SUNSET SONG is a passion project that took Davies fifteen years to complete. The strong-minded heroine Chris Guthrie (model Deyn, in a revelatory performance that confirms Davies’s skill with actresses) survives the brutal regime of her father (Mullan) to inherit the family farm, only to see the shadow of World War I fall over her happy marriage to a local lad (Kevin Guthrie). The story bears some resemblance to the recent FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, but Davies’s film is both tougher and more deeply lyrical, with breathtaking pastoral cinematography (filmed in 65mm) that, as one critic noted, "out-Malicks Malick." In English. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Easy Sex, Sad Movies

Sexo fácil, películas tristes

2014, Alejo Flah, Spain/Argentina, 92 min. With Ernesto Alterio, Quim Gutiérrez.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 18th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 23rd 8:30pm

Conventional rom-com elements are given an imaginative twist in this sprightly meta-movie in the vein of STRANGER THAN FICTION and ADAPTATION. Spanish producers hire Argentinian screenwriter Pablo (because "he won’t charge us in Euros") to write a romantic comedy set in Madrid. Pablo (Alterio) supplies all the expected genre ingredients — meet-cute, best friends, shared preference (gin-and-tonic) — but complications set in as he becomes increasingly aware of the contrast with his own deteriorating marriage, and his real and fictional worlds begin to bleed into each other. Will Pablo’s movie have a happy ending? Will Pablo? In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital. (MR)

Latin Lover

2015, Cristina Comencini, Italy, 101 min. With Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 8th 6:00pm

"A spoof on the type of smoldering lothario that gives the film its title ... a breezy comic masterpiece." – Marilyn Ferdinand, Ferdy on Films

"The movie, filled with comic intrigue, has an outstanding performance by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi...Saverio’s legacy is commemorated in witty bogus film clips." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

What better film to celebrate International Women’s Day than this scintillating satire by a leading female director that brings together a bevy of great actresses to debunk an icon of traditional masculinity? It is the tenth anniversary of the death of Saverio Crispo, legendary matinee idol from the golden age of Italian cinema. A memorial event has brought together the extended family left behind by his various marriages and affairs, including five daughters of different nationalities. The reunion stirs up a hornet’s nest of long-standing rivalries and resentments, as well as fresh revelations that suggest the Latin Lover was not all that he appeared to be. Cleverly recreated film clips parodying classic movies highlight this ambivalent tribute to golden-age cinema, which, as one character notes, "left a lot on the outside." The killer cast includes Marisa Paredes, Angela Finocchiaro, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Candela Peña, and, in her final film, Virna Lisi. In Italian, Spanish, and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of RAI Com. Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)


Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

Koza

Goat

2015, Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia/Czech Republic, 75 min. With Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčević.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 18th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Mar 22nd 6:15pm

"Very effective fiction-documentary hybrid…spins a delicate but seductive and darkly absurd story." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"Seeds of a redemptive tale…a compelling film that says a lot with very little." — Luke Shaw, Eye For Film

Slovakia’s official submission for Oscar consideration is a poignant docudrama based on real events and starring a former Olympian as a broken man seemingly born under an unlucky star. Koza, a burned-out boxer with one too many concussions in his past, heads out with a skeptical manager and a battered van on one last round of small-town matches to raise the money for his girlfriend’s abortion. First-time director Ostrochovský effectively captures the bleakness of the northern European landscape as Koza takes his lumps with waning strains of hope In Slovak, Czech, English and German with English subtitles. The official Slovak submission for Academy Awards consideration. Courtesy of Pluto Film. DCP digital. (BS)

Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Liza, a rókatündér

2015, Károly Ujj Mészáros, Hungary, 98 min. With Mónika Balsai, David Sakurai.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 10th 8:00pm

"A loopy pastiche of Eastern European whimsy, Japanese legends and pop, death, bodily harm, grotesqueries and caricature, and a full helping of Terry Gilliam, Jeunet-Caro and other world-crafting filmmakers." – Ray Pride, Newcity

"Love and death become the strangest of bedfellows in this riotously kooky tale." — Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound

"Polished and visually impressive…addictive." — Ard Vijn, Twitch Film

Sweeping the fantasy awards at nine film festivals, this dark, sprightly tale injects a mad and merry mix of Japanese folklore, rock ‘n’ roll, and the machinations of a jealous ghost into the life of a spinsterish heroine worthy of an ironic Kaurismäki comedy. Liza, lonely nurse to a hedonistic widow, is befriended only by Tomy — singing, dancing, hip-swinging phantom of a Japanese pop star. Liza looks for love after falling heir to her employee’s fortune, but becomes convinced she is the dreaded man-killer fox-fairy of Japanese myth when the vengeful ghost begins offing her dates in wickedly imaginative scenarios. In Hungarian and Japanese with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magyar Filmunió. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Aleksandar Hemon in person!

Love Island

2014, Jasmila Žbanić, Croatia/Germany, 86 min. With Ariane Labed, Ermin Bravo.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 3:45pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 8:00pm

"Broad humor and bombastic Bollywood-style musical numbers…a lively, escapist fantasy with an infectious lust for life." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Co-written by acclaimed Chicago-based novelist Aleksandar Hemon ("The Making of Zombie Wars"), winner of a 2003 MacArthur "genius grant," LOVE ISLAND sparkles with comic absurdity and bristles with irony around a veritable menu of pan-sexual escapades. Grebo (Bravo of IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY), a showboating macho lounge singer, brings his pregnant wife (Labed of THE LOBSTER and ALPS) to a seaside resort where glitzy song-and-dance numbers and temptation go hand in hand. Grebo’s secret lech for a luscious cutie proves no match for the secret in his wife’s past as a showgirl mermaid. In English, Croatian, Bosnian, French, and Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of The Match Factory. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Daniel Guzmán in person!

Nothing in Return

A cambio de nada

2015, Daniel Guzmán, Spain, 93 min. With Miguel Herrán, Luis Tosar.

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Mar 17th 8:00pm
  • Fri, Mar 18th 8:00pm

"Guzmán has written a teeming, confident script that he directs with vitality ... a very funny and warm film." – Marilyn Ferdinand, Ferdy on Films

"Compassionate, richly-observed…a high-energy, feel-good movie with the warmest of hearts." — Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

Actor Guzmán (who can be seen playing a cop in MY BIG NIGHT) makes an auspicious directing debut with this high-spirited tale of disaffected youth that won the Goya Awards for Best New Director and Best New Actor. Bright, rebellious teenager Dario (Herrán), expelled from school and estranged from his battling parents, runs away from home. He forms a surrogate family on the streets of Madrid with his hefty best friend Luismi, the avuncular auto mechanic Justo, and the nonagenarian junk-dealer Antonia (beautifully played by the director’s own grandmother). When Justo gets into trouble with the law, Dario launches a series of ill-fated schemes to bail him out. Upbeat but not sappy, Guzmán’s film is a love letter to Madrid, and his acting background shines through in the infectious rapport among the performers. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital. (MR)

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989

2015, Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, and Heiko Lange, Germany, 92 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 18th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 23rd 8:30pm

"Highly engaging...an appealing memoir of a wild decade." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"A fascinating portrait of a lost world...it’s hard to imagine a documentary more definitive about its subject than this." — Fergus Halliday, The AU Review

In 1979 young British music maven Mark Reeder became fascinated by the new sounds coming out of Berlin and decided to move there. As he discovered, the divided, hemmed-in, low-rent metropolis was the perfect pressure-cooker for an exploding punk/underground scene that made its New York and London counterparts look tame. Reeder’s transition from stranger to scenester, conveyed through his lively narration and priceless film footage, gives a personal spin to this enjoyable rockumentary. B-MOVIE barely pauses for breath as its takes us on a wild ride through a tumultuous era, crammed with vivid characters (Nick Cave, Keith Haring, Gudrun Gut, Tilda Swinton, Blixa Bargeld, Christiane F., et al.) and galvanic music (Malaria!, Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Toten Hosen, Die Artze, WestBam, and many more). In English and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. DCP digital. (MR)

The Snake Brothers

Kobry a Užovky

2015, Jan Prušinovský, Czech Republic, 111 min. With Kryštof Hádek, Matĕj Hádek.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 3:45pm
  • Mon, Mar 7th 7:45pm

"Rough-cast humor with a distinctly sardonic Czech tone…gives testimony to a vitality in Czech cinema that has not been seen for some time." — Richard Mowe, Eye For Film

"A mordantly chaotic comedy…a sitcom sensibility rustles beneath the film’s surface." — Guy Lodge, Variety

The concept of brotherly love takes a mighty beating in this seriocomic story of two thirty-something siblings (played by real-life brothers) occupying opposite ends of the loser spectrum in a ragged working class town. Viper has larceny in his heart, blithely relieving family and neighbors of their worldly goods when opportunity knocks. Morose elder brother Cobra sees life through the bottom of a beer glass until the day he seizes a windfall opportunity. The coming crazed and crazy standoff between brothers involves betrayal, adultery, drugs, and an endearingly gullible grandmother. In Czech, English, and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Media Luna New Films. DCP digital. (BS)

The Tree

Drevo

2014, Sonja Prosenc, Slovenia/Italy, 90 min. With Katarina Stegnar, Jernej Kogovšek.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 5th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 7th 6:00pm

"Tells a stark, elemental story in startlingly unconventional fashion…marks the arrival of a distinctively talented young filmmaker." — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"A bold work…a film of great emotional impact." — Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

Slovenia’s official submission for Academy Awards consideration is a story of tautly mounting tension told from three different perspectives. A mother and her two sons — teenage Alek and young Veli — live as virtual prisoners behind the high courtyard walls of their small house. Filmmaker Prosenc employs the harsh clarity of constant sunlight as a foil to the mounting mystery of the little family’s shadowy fear of their neighbors. The secret slowly unravels with intimations of ancient customs, blood feud, and ethnic hatred. In Slovenian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Monoo Film Production. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

From Scotland With Love

2014, Virginia Heath, UK, 75 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Mar 25th 2:00pm

"An immersive, moving and at times, truly magical window on the past." — Mark Beaumont, The Guardian

A treat for the eyes and a gift from the past, this haunting composite portrait of Scotland’s twentieth century is composed entirely of archival footage from Scottish film archives. From the shipbuilding banks of the Clyde to the highlands and the Hebrides, there is nary a tartan-tinged cliché to be found. The might of the Industrial Revolution is seen in the smokestacks, spinning gears, and working throngs of Glasgow, while life in the rural villages and distant islands is glimpsed in all its beauty and hardship in a few rare and fragile minutes preserved on film. Director Heath pored over hundreds of hours of footage to assemble an evocative progression of decades and themes. Without dialogue and accompanied by an original score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote. Courtesy of Arts Alliance Distribution and Park Circus. DCP digital. (BS)

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

2015, Marianne Lambert, Belgium, 67 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 2:00pm

"Offers important context to those who are unfamiliar with Akerman while offering insight into her methodology." – Justine Smith, Indiewire

"A career-spanning documentary that provides valuable insights." – Peter Debruge, Variety

I DON'T BELONG ANYWHERE will return for more dates in April. Click here for details.


I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE didn’t set out to be a eulogy for Belgian feminist director Chantal Akerman, but her tragic 2015 death by suicide casts it as a timely and invaluable record of a brilliant career and a fitting companion piece to Akerman’s own final film NO HOME MOVIE. A wealth of clips from films including JEANNE DIELMAN, NEWS FROM HOME, THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF ANNA, FROM THE EAST, and FROM THE OTHER SIDE trace the development of an innovative aesthetic that made her a critically acclaimed master by the age of twenty-five. Director Lambert brings astute insight into themes of Akerman’s work, and to the director’s profoundly complex relationship with her mother, her national identity, and the concept of home. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Icarus Films. DCP digital.

Aferim!

2015, Radu Jude, Romania/Bulgaria, 108 min. With Teodor Corban, Mihai Comănoiu.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 6th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 9th 8:00pm

"Expansive widescreen frames and a cosmic perspective on the brutality of man." – Ben Sachs, Cine-File

"Brilliant movie...raucous, funny and full of life." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A harsh history lesson leavened by bawdy humor and classic western elements…timely and surprisingly funny script." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Winner of the Best Director prize at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, this down-and dirty moral tale is steeped in the irony and raucous humor that characterized director Jude’s earlier films THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY. In 1835 in rural Wallachia, a wily bounty-hunting constable and his numbskull son set out on horseback in search of a wealthy landowner’s escaped gypsy slave. The buffoonish ways of fools provide the levity, but the film delves far deeper in its exploration of the perennial human taste for brutality in a quest rife with venal boot-lickers, corrupt clergy, child captives, lusty women, and renegades. Romania’s official submission for Academy Awards consideration. In Romanian, Turkish, and Romany with English subtitles. Courtesy of Big World Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

No Home Movie

2015, Chantal Akerman, Belgium, 115 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 3:30pm

"The combination of memoir and abstraction is both cerebral and heartrending." – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

"Considers life at its most honest and sublime." – Kathleen Sachs, Cine-File

"A daughter’s last attempt to connect with her mother…unapologetically personal." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"Formally demanding and impossibly intimate…serves as an elegy to that sense of home that disappeared." — Peter Debruge, Variety

This screening is now SOLD OUT!
NO HOME MOVIE will return for more dates in April. Click here for details.


In what was to become her final film, Akerman (JEANNE DIELMAN) charts the final days of her own mother Natalia, an Auschwitz survivor long exiled from the land of her birth and distanced from the faith of her fathers. The tight confinement of Natalia’s Brussels apartment stands in contrast to the film’s uncompromising free form in which seemingly random views and conversations have a cumulative power to reveal a deeply intimate and loving portrait of a woman whose sense of loss has left her without an anchor in this world. In French, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Icarus Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Anton Chekhov 1890

Anton Tchékhov 1890

2015, René Féret, France, 96 min. With Nicolas Giraud, Lolita Chammah.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 6th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 10th 6:00pm

"It’s a major gamble to tell Chekhov’s story in a style akin to his own but one that finally pays off. This can be credited not only to Féret’s precise writing and direction but also to the strength of Giraud as a performer." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

The final film of the late actor-turned-director René Féret, ANTON CHEKHOV 1890, like his acclaimed MOZART’S SISTER, is an intelligent biopic firmly grounded in the artist’s family life and historical context. The narrative follows the Russian author from the late 1880s to the mid-1890s, beginning when he when he was a dedicated doctor who dabbled in writing to support his needy parents and siblings. The title refers to the year when Chekhov, on the verge of giving up literature, journeyed to the brutal prison colony on Sakhalin Island and underwent a turning-point experience. Féret and actor Nicolas Giraud collaborate on a fittingly subtle portrait of an author whose coolly observant personality ("I’m not interested in love") enabled him to dissect his fictional characters with unsurpassed insight. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (MR)

Forbidden Films

Verbotene Filme

2014, Felix Moeller, Germany, 94 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 6th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 9th 6:00pm

"An unnerving documentary." — Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

"Must-see viewing for cinephiles of all persuasions." — Ronnie Scheib, Variety

1200 films were produced in Nazi Germany; some forty remain banned — allowed out of the vault only under special circumstances. This fascinating documentary by the director of HARLAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SÜSS examines the most notorious, the most outrageous, and the most troublingly effective of them, including the anti-Semitic blockbuster JEW SÜSS, the pro-euthanasia I ACCUSE, the militaristic musical CARL PETERS, and the insidious HOMECOMING, which depicts Germans as the victims of Polish atrocities. As interesting as the films themselves are the different contexts in which they are viewed and the different reactions they provoke, ranging from Israelis who are relatively unfazed to Germans who are more squeamish to neo-Nazis who still find them useful as recruiting tools. Should they remain under lock-and-key, or does prohibition give them an undeserved mystique? One thing remains clear: These films are still remarkably relevant, both for their specific content and for the general issues they raise. In German, English, Hebrew, and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films. DCP digital. (MR)

Aldona Watts in person!

Land of Songs

2015, Aldona Watts, Lithuania/USA, 60 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 21st 8:15pm

"These songs are the most essential part of the Lithuanian soul." — Jonas Mekas

The Saturday, March 19 showing of this film is now SOLD OUT!


San Francisco-based filmmaker Watts, the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, traveled to the village of Puvočiai in the region of Dainava ("Land of Songs") to make this lovely, elegiac documentary. Its subject is five lively, charismatic močiutės ("grannies’) who are the last to sing the region’s traditional folk songs, steeped in its deep forests and rolling rivers, and in its long history of invasion and loss. As one močiutė says, "When hard times came, I never cried — I sang. Maybe that’s why they call this the Land of Songs." In Lithuanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania, Chicago. DCP digital. (MR)

Šiška Deluxe

2015, Jan Cvitkovič, Slovenia/Czech Republic, 108 min. With Žiga Födransperg, Marko Miladinovič.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 22nd 7:45pm

There’s a suggestion of Three Stooges comedy in this story of three thirty-something unemployed bumblers attempting to open a pizzeria, but director Cvitkovič (GRAVEHOPPING) ultimately brings a kinder quality to the shenanigans. With the inheritance of a dilapidated storefront and seed money from his mom’s grow op, Mile enlists the help of best friends Fedr, a hotheaded divorced dad, and Zekir, an orphaned ex-punk. The enterprise seems doomed to conspicuous failure until the trio offers to fulfill their customers’ wildest dreams and wishes along with every pizza order. In Slovenian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Perfo Production. DCP digital. (BS)

Marshland

La isla mínima

2014, Alberto Rodríguez, Spain, 104 min. With Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 6th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 7th 7:45pm

"A taut, visually sumptuous and hugely entertaining thriller." — Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

"This is the best noir chiller since the first season of ‘True Detective.’" — Kevin Maher, The Times

Winner of ten Goya awards (including Best Picture, Director, and Actor), MARSHLAND has been compared to "True Detective" and David Fincher’s dark policiers, but its command of context — both geographical and historical — sets this moody thriller apart. The place is the swampy, sultry southern region of Andalusia, and the time is 1980, when Spain is still in slippery transition between the death of Franco and the birth of democracy. That split is reflected in the two Madrid cops — young liberal-leaning Pedro (Arévalo) and former fascist enforcer Juan (Gutiérrez) — who are sent to the hinterlands to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls. Álex Catalán’s cinematography makes masterful use of high and low, from the stunning aerial shots of the Guadalquivir delta to the ground-level vistas that immerse us in the region’s murky terrain and murkier politics. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda and Outsider Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Therapy for a Vampire

Der Vampir auf der Couch

2014, David Rühm, Austria/Switzerland, 87 min. With Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Mar 24th 6:00pm

"Hugely entertaining, beautifully visualized, and surprisingly smart." — Kevin Matthews, Flickfeast

"Hijinks-fueled trysts, with plenty of nods and winks to Freud’s work…and a bucketload of vampire themed humor." — Luke Shaw, Eye For Film

This new twist on the vampire comedy centers on Sigmund Freud’s iconic couch, which becomes a solace outside the coffin for elegantly weary bloodsucker Count Geza von Kozsnom. Obsessing over an affair 500 years in the past, the count riles his vain vampire wife, who longs to see her own image. Enter the struggling artist Viktor, whom Freud pays to sketch his patients’ more lurid sexual fantasies, and his lover Lucy, a dead-ringer for the count’s long-gone inamorata. A love triangle soon becomes a quadrangle, and it’s all set in stylish 1930s Vienna. In German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Music Box Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Baby(a)lone

2015, Donato Rotunno, Luxembourg, 90 min. With Charlotte Elsen, Joshua Defays.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 8th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Mar 10th 8:15pm

"Donato Rotunno’s direction gives BABY (A)LONE a potent sting." — Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer

"Like a spinoff of THE BREAKFAST CLUB as seen through the eyes of Harmony Korine and Michael Haneke." — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

The corporate sterility of a Euro-modern high school contrasts sharply with the sordid messiness of life at home for two teens, who team up à la Bonnie and Clyde in this Luxembourg submission for Academy Awards consideration. Baby-faced Shirley and withdrawn X are fallout from the flesh trade for otherwise-occupied single moms. As fugitives, the kids become a renegade unit with unformed dreams but a growing taste for mayhem. Adapted from Tullio Forgiarini’s novel "Amok," winner of the 2011 EU Prize for Literature. In Luxembourgish with English subtitles. Courtesy of The Festival Agency. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Modris

2014, Juris Kursietis, Latvia/Germany/Greece, 98 min. With Kristers Pikša, Rēzija Kalniņa.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 8th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 15th 6:00pm

"An atmospheric and desperate tale." – David J. Fowlie, Keeping It Reel

"Shows enormous empathy…a naturalistic portrait in the tradition of earlier Dardennes brothers pics." — Peter Debruge, Variety

In this official Latvian submission for Academy Awards consideration, a rebellious seventeen-year-old substitutes a restless hope of winning a fortune playing the slot machines in the corner bar for any real ambition in life. Pawning his single mom’s space heater in the dead of winter to score chump change to feed the slots, he exhausts even a mother’s love and patience. Consigned to the tender mercies of the cops, he takes off in search of his deadbeat dad. In Russian and Latvian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pluto Film. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

A Blast

2014, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany, 83 min. With Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 19th 8:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 21st 8:15pm

"Thrashing energy anchored by a fierce star turn from DOGTOOTH lead Angeliki Papoulia…a bravura performance." — Guy Lodge, Variety

"Intense energy and pinpoint topicality…confrontational high drama." — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

The Greek cinema flexes its muscles with this stylistically bold desperado plot in which the nation’s fiscal crisis derails the life of a woman brought to the edge by obligation and debt. The frank and once-exuberant carnality of Maria (Papoulia of DOGTOOTH and THE LOBSTER, in a daringly exposed performance) is channeled into a passion for rebellion and escape, when three children, disastrous family revelations, and a philandering husband’s betrayal put her on the road out of town with a suitcase full of cash. In Greek, English, and German with English subtitles. Note: for adult audiences. Courtesy of EZ Films. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Marguerite

2015, Xavier Giannoli, France, 129 min. With Catherine Frot, André Marcon.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 20th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 23rd 6:00pm

"Cover your ears and open your hearts...pitch-perfect comedy of manners." — Peter Debruge, Variety

"Beautifully appointed and perfectly cast...Art house distributors would be crazy not to give this original, funny and touching confection a look." — Lisa Nesselson, Screen International

The recipient of eleven César nominations, MARGUERITE is loosely based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (also the source for an upcoming Stephen Frears film with Meryl Streep), a wealthy American soprano whose passion for singing opera was matched only by her ear-splitting lack of talent. Her story is transposed to Paris in the 1920s, where her clueless self-delusion is embraced by the Dadaists and sustained, whether out of tact or self-interest, by those close to her, including her philandering husband (Marcon) and devoted butler (Denis Mpunga). Director Giannoli (SUPERSTAR) and actress Frot (THE PAGE TURNER) collaborate on a delicately balanced, non-snarky portrait that is poignant and hilarious at the same time. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Cohen Media Group. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

The Fencer

Miekkailija

2015, Klaus Härö, Estonia/Finland, 93 min. With Lembit Ulfsak, Märt Avandi.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 8th 8:00pm
  • Fri, Mar 11th 8:00pm

"An affecting portrait of a decent man." – Marilyn Ferdinand, Chicago Reader

"Well-acted, smoothly crafted drama tells a story of cross-generational bonding in the face of historical oppression." — Justin Chang, Variety

"A handsomely crafted slice of fictionalized history." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Short-listed for an Oscar nomination, THE FENCER is based on a real history involving triumph of spirit over oppression. In 1953, at the height of the Soviet occupation, Endel Nellis (Ufsak), a young physical education teacher hunted by the secret police, arrives for his new job in a remote Estonian village. He soon becomes a hero to his young fatherless charges by teaching them fencing with improvised equipment. Jealousy motivates the school’s hardline principal to investigate the past of his newly popular teacher with dangerous results. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles. Courtesy of The Little Film Company. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Simshar

2014, Rebecca Cremona, Malta, 101 min. With Lotfi Abdelli, Jimi Busuttil.

Showtimes:

  • Wed, Mar 9th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 6:00pm

"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 High Sun

Zvizdan

2015, Dalibor Matanić, Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia, 123 min. With Tihana Lazović, Goran Marković.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 20th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 23rd 6:00pm

"The acting shines brightly in three love stories told with absorbing passion…naturalistic, nuanced performances create suspense around the outcome and sympathy for all the characters sadly trapped by history." — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Handsomely mounted and expertly edited…making excellent use of widescreen in visually arresting images." — Jay Weissberg, Variety

This winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and Croatia’s official Academy Awards submission makes the Balkan conflict the battleground where star-crossed lovers must choose between holding onto hate or wiping the slate clean. Three stories set in different eras underline the legacy of ethnic hatred and the fallout from forbidden love. In 1991, the joyfully innocent pairing of two teenagers fuels enmity between villages and families; in 2001, sexual tension builds when a Serbian mother and daughter hire a shy Croatian carpenter to help rebuild their ravaged home; and in 2011, a Serbian woman receives a surprise visit from the former lover who had impregnated and abandoned her. In Croatian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Cercamon. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Mediterranea

2015, Jonas Carpignano, Italy, 107 min. With Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 20th 5:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 24th 7:45pm

"This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices it toughness...impressive for the degree to which it lends its characters complex human dimensions." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Tender, devastating...No other film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival hits such a profoundly topical note." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

In his first feature, Italian/African-American filmmaker Carpignano provides a timely and immersive tale of the current immigrant crisis that merges the real-life experiences of charismatic lead actor Seihon and the 2010 immigrant riots that took place in Rosarno in Southern Italy. Pragmatic Ayiva (Seihon) and his volatile friend Abas (Sy) make their way from Burkina Faso to Italy in a harrowing odyssey. Arriving in the promised land, they find that the troubles have just begun — they have three months to find a steady job in a strange and hostile world where they are at the mercy of exploitative bosses and teenage thugs. Carpignano counterpoints the hardships with passages of camaraderie, humor, and tenderness, until frustration and rage produce a climax that extends the story’s relevance far beyond the shores of Italy. In Italian, French, and Arabic with English subtitles. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital. (MR)

Family Member

Μέλος Οικογενείας / Melos Oikoyenias

2015, Marinos Kartikkis, Cyprus, 104 min. With Yiola Klitou, Christopher Greco.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 11th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 8:00pm

Humor and pathos mark this comedy-drama rooted in a family’s wily scheme to make ends meet. For Yiorgos and Sophia, owners of a faltering convenience store, maintaining a suburban lifestyle with their two kids means factoring in grandpa’s pension check. The old man dies in his sleep one night, days away from the critical home visit by a government social worker. Concealing the body is a breeze compared with the dilemma of faking grandpa’s presence. With consequences for the whole family, Sophia hits on the bright idea of hiring a senior citizen caught shoplifting in their store to move in and play the part in order to keep the checks coming. In Greek with English subtitles. Courtesy of the director. DCP digital. (BS)

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Jag är Ingrid

2015, Stig Björkman, Sweden, 114 min

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 11th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 12th 4:00pm

"A beautiful life story." – Bill Stamets, RogerEbert.com

"Vivid and enlightening." — Sam Weisberg, Village Voice

"A surprisingly intimate film, a completely involving look inside the life of a gifted and complex woman." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

She saved everything, and she never settled down. One of the most radiantly photogenic icons of the 20th century, Ingrid Bergman used her special relationship to the camera as a means of self-expression and self-realization. From an early age, she filmed her own life in 16mm, and her most significant relationships were often with men who filmed her, starting with her father and continuing through Robert Capa, Victor Fleming, and Roberto Rossellini. Culled from her voluminous diaries, letters, and other memorabilia, her story is told mainly through her own candid words (voiced by Alicia Vikander), augmented by those of her children and friends. A truly intimate portrait, it concentrates on the woman rather than the films, tracing the journey of a restless and remarkably modern spirit who defied scandal, complacency, and convention. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Rialto Pictures. DCP digital. (MR)

One Floor Below

Un etaj mai jos

2015, Radu Muntean, Romania/France, 93 min. With Ionut Bora, Liviu Cheloiu.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 20th 5:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 24th 6:00pm

"The story is pure Hitchcock." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

"A slow-burn moral thriller…toys with our naïve faith in a narrative of justice. " — Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"A distinctly Romanian take on crime and punishment." — Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

Another of the Romanian cinema’s triumphs of deadpan satire, ONE FLOOR BELOW builds a labyrinth of the mundane, dropping clues, pointing toward dead ends, and revealing the vast scope of its puzzle only in hints, as director Muntean (BOOGIE; TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS) exploits his fascination with the futile ways of bureaucracy. On the day an attractive neighbor is discovered murdered, Sandu overhears a conversation that may be evidence against another neighbor. By coincidence, that very man approaches him to request a suspicious and urgent business favor, and begins to ingratiate himself with Sandu’s wife and son. In Romanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Films Boutique. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

U.S. premiere! Filmmakers in person!

1916: The Irish Rebellion

2016, Pat Collins, Ireland/USA, 70 min. Narration by Liam Neeson.

Showtimes:

  • Mon, Mar 21st 6:00pm

This screening is now SOLD OUT!
You may also be interested in our April screenings of A TERRIBLE BEAUTY, a docudrama about the Easter Rising.


On Easter Monday 1916, a small group of Irish rebels — including poets, teachers, actors and workers — took on the might of the British Empire. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would soon win a moral victory — with their actions leading to the creation of an independent Irish state and contributing to the eventual disintegration of the British Empire. They have inspired countless freedom struggles throughout the world — from Ireland to India. (Description courtesy of University of Notre Dame)

The Gene Siskel Film Center joins the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame to present the U.S. premiere of this documentary commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s historic 1916 Easter Rebellion. In English and Irish with English subtitles. DCP digital.

Summertime

La belle saison

2015, Catherine Corsini, France, 105 min. With Cécile de France, Izїa Higelin.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 11th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 12th 6:15pm

"Perhaps the world is finally ready for a lesbian romance as direct and unapologetic as SUMMERTIME…beautifully realized." — Peter Debruge, Variety

"Not only unselfconsciously sexy but feels, despite its period setting, thoroughly modern." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Personal/political and country/city are the two poles that shape this same-sex romance set against the political ferment of the early 1970s, when the momentum was shifting from the antiwar movement to the emergent feminist movement. Sturdy farm girl Delphine (singer-turned-actor Higelin), a closeted but active lesbian, moves to Paris, where she is attracted to the previously heterosexual activist Carole (de France). They fall in love, but a family crisis obliges Delphine to return to the farm, where the two women continue their affair in a more idyllic but less tolerant setting. Though director Corsini (LEAVING, THREE WORLDS) is openly gay, SUMMERTIME is the first of her nine films to deal directly with the subject, and it has been praised by critics for the candor of its lovemaking scenes and for the authentic chemistry between the two principals. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Strand Releasing. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Amama

When a Tree Falls

2015, Asier Altuna, Spain, 103 min. With Iraia Elias, Kandido Uranga.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 12th 4:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 24th 8:00pm

"Rich in symbolism…exerts a surprisingly powerful emotional grip." — Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Along with this year’s Oscar submission LOREAK, this powerfully visualized drama of generational conflict signals the emergence of a vital Basque regional cinema in Spain. The crux of the film is a farm, spectacularly situated in the mountainous northeast, that has remained in the same family for countless generations. But, when the eldest son and heir apparent, like so many of the region’s young people, decamps to the city, the burden passes to his sister Amaia (Elias), an artist whose progressive ways place her at odds with her rigidly traditionalist father (Aranga). The film’s title, which means "Grandma" in Basque, refers to the family matriarch who will play a pivotal role in Amaia’s attempt to bridge the divide between tradition and evolution. In Basque with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital. (MR)

The Garbage Helicopter

Sophelikoptern

2015, Jonas Selberg Augustsén, Sweden, 100 min. With Christopher Burjanski, Jessica Szoppe.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 11th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 13th 3:00pm

"Consistently amusing...full of strikingly poetic touches. Anders Bohman's ravishing cinematography and Jan Sandstrom's lush, lyrical, orchestral score help to reinforce the sense that Augustsén is borrowing fruitfully from the lexicon of cinema's golden age." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

In his first feature, Augustsén stakes his claim in the deadpan absurdist territory pioneered by Jarmusch, Kaurismäki, and Andersson, and shows himself a budding master of the discomfiting pause, the delayed reaction, the droll anticlimax, and the rigorous compositional frame. An old Roma woman is seized by a sudden urge to reclaim her antique clock, sending her three grandchildren on an odyssey across the lonesome, big-sky highways of northern Sweden (captured in beautifully bleak black-and-white). Along the way, crosswords are completed (including the mysterious entry, "garbage helicopter"), a cow is run over, a speed-trap camera is demolished, a Holocaust museum is visited, the world’s second-biggest chair is solemnly viewed, and a gang of art thieves is encountered. Augustsén’s level gaze takes in the significant and the trivial, the expected and the unexpected, the bizarre and the banal, with a cool equanimity that is both disorienting and invigorating. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Swedish Film Institute. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Wondrous Boccaccio

Maraviglioso Boccaccio

2015, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 116 min. With Kim Rossi Stuart, Carolina Crescentini.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 11th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 16th 7:45pm

"Requires big-screen presentation to be truly appreciated." – Ben Sachs, Cine-File

"An endearing and wise comedy...awash in overt style, from the purposefully stilted performances to the loud, brilliant colors of the set design to the Tavianis' unpredictable, thrilling choice in music." — Chris Cabin, Slant

"‘Wondrous’ perfectly describes the Taviani brothers’ stunning, fantastical film...a sumptuous paean to the human spirit and redemptive power of art." — Judy Gelman Myers, Director Talk

From PADRE PADRONE to CAESAR MUST DIE, the Taviani brothers have ranked among the most celebrated Italian filmmakers, exploring the complexities of human nature with a vigorous mixture of neorealism and modernism. For their 21st film, they present five tales from the 14th-century classic "The Decameron," taking a very different approach from that of Pasolini’s famous 1971 version. Visualized with Giotto-like purity, the Tavianis’ version pays more attention to the framework around the tales, encompassing both the plague (evoked in a stark, hellish prologue) that drives the ten young Florentines to flee the city, and the act of storytelling itself, as an emblem for the power of art to transcend the various "plagues" that afflict the world. Centered around themes of love and imagination, the perverse-skewing tales involve a plague victim whose resurrection nullifies her marriage; a dolt who thinks he can make himself invisible; a possessive father driven to extremes by jealousy; a convent where chastity is observed more in name than in deed; and a man whose devotion to his trained falcon faces the ultimate test. In Italian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Film Movement/RAM Releasing. DCP digital. (MR)

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

La Dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil

2015, Joann Sfar, France, 93 min. With Freya Mavor, Stacy Martin.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 25th 2:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 31st 8:30pm

"This charming French neo-noir doesn’t deserve to get lost in the shuffle...Viewers are treated to a wealth of earthy pleasures, especially suggestive dialogue and adoring close-ups of Mavor while she poses in form-fitting summer outfits." — Simon Abrams, Village Voice

"The hazy, erotic aura of 1960s Euro-thrillers is lovingly, obsessively recreated…Sfar and Mavor make for a deadly good combination." — Travis Hopson, Punk Drunk Critics

For his third film, the eclectic Sfar (THE RABBI’S CAT, GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE) has exhumed a little-known 1970 film noir and given it a beautifully designed repackaging that befits his background as one of France’s leading comic-book artists. Freckled, long-stemmed Dany (Mavor of the cult British TV show "Skins") is a mousy ad-agency secretary with a micro-skirted hottie simmering underneath. Given the errand of returning her boss’s blue Thunderbird from the airport, she impulsively takes it on a joyride to the Riviera ("I’ve never seen the sea"), only to find that everyone she encounters en route claims to have seen her the day before. Is she hallucinating, amnesiac, or the victim of a bizarre conspiracy? Sfar drenches this twisty puzzler in an ultra-atmospheric, homage-cum-parody style that recalls such recent retro-revisions as THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

A War

Krigen

2015, Tobias Lindholm, Denmark, 115 min. With Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 25th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 26th 8:00pm

"Nerve-shattering...it conveys the on-the-ground maelstrom of combat as vividly as any film on the subject." — Guy Lodge, Variety

★★★★★ "A great post-9/11 war film." — Ed Frankl, CineVue

As writer of the cult TV series "Borgen" and writer-director of the international hit movie A HIJACKING, Tobias Lindholm has established himself as a specialist in high-pressure situations fraught with thorny moral dilemmas. An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, A WAR centers on Claus Pedersen (movingly portrayed by Asbæk of A HIJACKING and "Game of Thrones"), a conscientious Army officer whose platoon is subjected to harrowing combat conditions in Afghanistan. The narrative alternates between Pedersen at the front and the family he left behind, until a split-second decision has grievous consequences that bring the two worlds of the film together and place him in a situation where there is no right choice — only, at best, a lesser evil. In Danish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital. (MR)

Age of Cannibals

Zeit der Kannibalen

2014, Johannes Naber, Germany, 93 min. With Devid Striesow, Sebastian Blomberg.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 12th 6:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 16th 6:00pm

"Hilarious and frightful...the actors are all in perfect form." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

A blackly comic dive to the bottom of the shark tank, AGE OF CANNIBALS follows a pair of back-biting, back-stabbing corporate consultants (Striesow, Blomberg) through a series of indistinguishable hotel rooms in interchangeable third-world countries. Cynical, arrogant, and often wincingly funny, they are joined by a company woman (Katharina Schüttler) whose presence might spell trouble for them, but that’s nothing compared to what’s brewing in the angry streets right outside their luxury-suite windows. This sharply written chamber-piece (one of the best lines involves the Goethe-Institut) is a double-edged satire of conscienceless capitalism in the manner of IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and THE BIG SHORT. In German and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)


Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

The Girl King

2015, Mika Kaurismäki, Finland, 102 min. With Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 25th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 26th 2:00pm

"No mere escapist costume drama ... more like this, please." – Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film

"THE GIRL KING captures that sharp and defiant spirit...with a fiery and impassioned performance from the lion-like Swedish actress Malin Buska." — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

Previously portrayed by Greta Garbo and Liv Ullmann, Sweden’s Queen Kristina was one of the most complex and fascinating women in history. Without male offspring, her monarch father declared Kristina successor and "king." Intellectually curious, adept at hunting and sword-fighting, she scandalized her straitlaced Protestant counselors by advocating educational reforms, flirting with Catholicism, and more than flirting with her lovely lady-in-waiting Ebba Sparre (Gadon). With a screenplay by Canadian gay playwright Michel Marc Bouchard ("Tom at the Farm"), director Kaurismäki opts for juicy set-pieces over dry history-lessons. Topped by Malin Buska’s vibrant lead performance, the cast also features Michael Nyqvist as the Queen’s protective chancellor, Patrick Bachau as the wily René Descartes, and Martina Gedeck as Kristina’s loony Queen Mother, whose Bette/Joan-level bitch-fest with her daughter is one of the film’s highlights. In English, French, and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wolfe Releasing. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Home Care

Domácí péče

2015, Slávek Horák, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 92 min. With Alena Mihulová, Boleslav Polívka.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 12th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Mar 15th 8:00pm

"Life-affirming." – Bill Stamets, RogerEbert.com

"Deeply touching…beautifully understated and quietly heartbreaking." — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Set in an idyllic village in the Czech wine country, this first feature confronts a sanguine home-care nurse with the challenge of her life. Wife to a macho-man and mother to an estranged adult daughter, Vlasta looks for satisfaction in the gratitude of her patients. The unexpected delivery of soul-shaking news about her own health turns her world inside out, and propels her on a spiritual journey that will change everything she knows about giving and receiving. A film of emotional veracity and gentle power, HOME CARE is the Czech Republic’s official Czech submission for Academy Awards consideration. In Czech with English subtitles. Courtesy of M-Appeal World Sales. DCP digital. (BS)

Chevalier

2015, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 99 min. With Giannis Drakopoulos, Kostas Filippoglou.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 25th 8:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 28th 8:15pm

"An expertly executed tease…at once simple and outlandish." — Guy Lodge, Variety

"Unfolds as an absurdist comedy…delivers a fun and constantly unexpected ocean romp." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Absurdity reigns supreme in this deliciously perverse deadpan satire from the director of ATTENBERG, termed "a buddy movie without buddies." Bored out of their skulls, six Greek men vacationing aboard a luxury yacht devise a bizarre impromptu game they call "The Best in General." Vicious rivalries build as the former friends rate each other on characteristics including hairy chest, stiff hard-on, and hemorrhoids, and earn points for tasks and stunts ranging from drinking a glass of water to assembling an Ikea shelving unit from scratch. Egos are skewered and relationships severed, while insecurities run riot. In Greek with English subtitles. Courtesy of Strand Releasing. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Summer Solstice

Letnie przesilenie

2015, Michal Rogalski, Poland, 100 min. With Jonas Nay, Filip Piotrowicz.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 12th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 16th 8:00pm

The idyllic beauty of a rural Polish village is a deceptive impression in this historical drama set in 1943. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2015 Montreal World Film Festival, the film reveals the contradictions and tensions that rule life for railroad apprentice Romek, immune to reflection on the human cargo he sees in the boxcars that pass through the village, and for Guido, devil-may-care jazz fan forcibly conscripted into Hitler’s army. Bodies turn up in the river, but romance is on the minds of both young men, an obsession that will prove fateful when they encounter Bunia, an escapee from one of the trains. In Polish and German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (BS)

The Last Summer of the Rich

Der letzte Sommer der Reichen

2014, Peter Kern, Austria, 92 min. With Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 25th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Mar 29th 6:00pm

"A darkly comic thriller…Eurotrash, retro-decadence…there is always time for some red-hot lesbian sex." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

A hint of Fassbinder, a juicy pinch of early Ulrike Ottinger, and a huge scoop of satire will land this raunchy comedy of manners on a few guilty pleasure lists. New German Cinema actor/director Kern (RIP 2015), known for his work with Wenders and Fassbinder, opts for high camp with this wild tale of Hanna, a leather-clad Viennese heiress and fashion maven who runs her family’s corporate empire and a chain of brothels, while scheming to off her ex-Nazi grandfather. Amid plentiful lesbian sex, there’s a sharp sting of social critique to Hanna’s brutal seduction of a teenage would-be model, and her pursuit of a sly-like-a-fox nun. Note: for adult audiences. In German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Austrian Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Hockney

2014, Randall Wright, UK, 108 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 28th 6:00pm

"A wonderful gush-free tribute to this iconic artist." — Roger Walker-Dack, Queertiques

"An intimate and insightful delve into the life of a charismatic man whose passion for art is still intense and whose wry sense of humor still shines through." — Mark Adams, Screen Daily

With unprecedented access to personal archives and home movies, not to mention the man himself, this is the definitive film portrait of Britain’s greatest living artist. With a splashy, nonlinear approach wholly appropriate to its subject, the film tracks Hockney’s life and art through their many stages, from Yorkshire lad to Swinging London scene-maker to pioneer gay artist to chronicler of L.A.’s swimming-pool culture to technologically innovative wielder of Polaroids and iPads. Director Wright goes behind the owlish glasses and bottle-blond hair to reveal the remarkably focused and determined figure of Hockney himself, as he candidly connects the dots between his constantly evolving art and the romances, friendships, and family relationships that have defined his personal life. In English. Courtesy of Film Movement/RAM Releasing. DCP digital. (MR)

The Measure of a Man

La Loi du marché

2015, Stéphane Brizé, France, 88 min. With Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 4:15pm

"Compassionate, engrossing from start to finish, and utterly relevant." — Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

"Brizé makes compelling drama out of the most ordinary of circumstances, and draws a lead performance from Vincent Lindon that is a veritable master class in understated humanism." — Scott Foundas, Variety

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The French title translates as THE LAW OF THE MARKET, and in many ways that is the more apt title for this deeply humanistic tale that surveys the plight of people on the bottom rung of the job ladder through one man’s choices. Lindon won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his superbly understated performance as Thierry, a jobless man beyond middle age with a wife and disabled son. With his unemployment benefits running out, he gets a security job at a big box store where dozens of surveillance cameras prowl the aisles, looking for shoplifters and cheating cashiers. As Thierry stands at last on the power-wielding side of the work equation, director Brizé (MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON) brings the film’s only moral choice home with devastating accuracy. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

U.S. premiere! Director Drazen Kuljanin in person!

How to Stop a Wedding

Hur man stoppar ett bröllop

2014, Drazen Kuljanin, Sweden, 72 min. With Lina Sundén, Christian Ehrnstén.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 4:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 28th 8:15pm

Five hours. Two characters. One train compartment. Those are the parameters of this tour-de-force directing debut that thrives on its limitations. Filmed entirely (save for a brief prologue and epilogue) during an actual five-hour train trip from Mälmo to Stockholm, it centers on two attractive young strangers — tense Amanda (Sundén) and low-key Phillip (Ehrnstén) — who find themselves facing each other in the same compartment. As they chat, they discover that more than chance has brought them together: they are both headed to the same wedding and, for their own reasons, intend to break it up. The engaging performances and inventive camerawork (which turns the kinetic properties of train travel into a catalyst for romance) prevent the film from becoming static, as it discovers fresh possibilities in the unexplored border regions between rom-com and experimental cinema. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Swedish Film Institute. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Mark O’Halloran in person!

Viva

2015, Paddy Breathnach, Ireland/Cuba, 100 min. With Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 13th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 14th 6:00pm

"A genuine crowd-pleaser…packs an emotional wallop." — Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

"Uncovers an authentic Cuba…sensational." — Gary M. Kramer, Indiewire

Irish talent behind the camera and Cuban talent on screen make for a powerfully potent combination in this emotional coming-of-age drama in which a young gay man struggles toward his dream of becoming a show-lounge diva. Short-listed for an Oscar nomination, VIVA highlights vibrant musical numbers and the colorful diversity of Havana’s inner city as Jesus (Medina), neighborhood hairdresser by day, wig-wrangler for the drag queens he idolizes by night, faces the challenge of his life when ex-con Angel (Perugorría), the brutal father he never knew, reappears. Executive-produced by Benicio del Toro. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Francofonia

2015, Aleksandr Sokurov, France, 88 min. With Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath.

Showtimes:

  • Wed, Mar 16th 6:00pm

"Fascinating and supple." – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast." — Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

"The past, present and future of art collide beautifully...Sokurov’s ideas have a philosophical depth and richness found almost nowhere else in cinema." — Robbie Collins, The Telegraph

In this companion-piece to his Hermitage-ramble RUSSIAN ARK, director Sokurov once again uses an iconic museum as the jumping-off point for a dense and digressive meditation on art and history. The site this time is the Louvre, with a special focus on its fortunes during the Nazi Occupation, and the complex relationship between two key players: the cultivated German overseer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and his wary collaborator, museum director Jacques Jaujard. In contrast to the all-in-one-take aesthetic of RUSSIAN ARK, the method here is more of a patchwork bricolage, unified by Sokurov’s sardonic commentary as he ranges far and wide to take in a modern-day equivalent of Gericault’s "The Raft of the Medusa," the role of museums in the construction of nationhood, the relationship of Europe to Russia, ghostly visitations by Napoleon and national symbol Marianne, and much more. In Russian, French, German, and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Music Box Films. DCP digital. (MR)

My Big Night

Mi gran noche

2015, Álex de la Iglesia, Spain, 98 min. With Raphael, Mario Casas.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 30th 8:30pm

"An enjoyably antic farce that’s built to spill over." — Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

"Zany ... madcap yuks ... goofy fun." – Bill Stamets, RogerEbert.com

Álex de la Iglesia (THE PERFECT CRIME, THE LAST CIRCUS), the gonzo auteur of Spanish cinema, turns all the dials up to maximum in this deliciously overstuffed showbiz satire. Set at a TV studio where a gaudy New Year’s Eve special is being shot under chaotic circumstances, the pinballing plot concerns a vain veteran crooner (played by self-parodying superstar Raphael) who sabotages an empty-headed young pop star (Casas, whose ultra-tacky "Fireman" number is a riot) while his downtrodden son engages a disgruntled songwriter to assassinate the old man, and a pair of greedy groupies set out to procure a vial of the pop star’s semen. And that’s not the half of it! De la Iglesia and longtime screenwriting partner Jorge Guerricaecheverría keep all the balls in the air with vigorous camerawork and a solid sense of structure. In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda and Breaking Glass Pictures. DCP digital. (MR)

1944

2015, Elmo Nüganen, Estonia/Finland, 100 min. With Marko Leht, Priit Pius.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 29th 8:00pm

"Poignant…shows a flair for grand-scale spectacle…an impressively kinetic in-your-face energy." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Estonia’s official Oscar submission and a mega-hit on home turf, 1944 centers on a WWII national tragedy. Seized and occupied in turn by the Soviet Union and Germany in the pivotal year of the title, the nation is turned against itself in bloody warfare that sets brother against brother. Director Nüganen effectively contrasts the grand-scale and scope of battlefield combat with the personal agony of divided loyalties through the dilemma of a young soldier in Red Army uniform who courts the sister of a dead man under false pretenses. Courtesy of Taska Film. In Estonian, Russian, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

U.S. premiere!

At an Uncertain Time

A Uma Hora Incerta

2015, Carlos Saboga, Portugal, 72 min. With Joan Ribeira, Paulo Pires.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 26th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 31st 8:15pm

It’s 1942, and Portugal languishes under dictatorship and WWII rages just beyond its borders. Secrets, half-truths, and mistrust prevail in the state security office of chief inspector Varga, who makes professional privilege a cover for his unprofessional interest in a boldly carnal refugee and her alleged brother. Director/writer Saboga (screenwriter for Raúl Ruiz’s MYSTERIES OF LISBON) saturates the dark world of this predatory tale with steamy eroticism and paranoia, starting with the incestuous desires of his bi-curious adolescent daughter and including the family maid. Note: for adult audiences. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Courtesy of Alfama Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Tale of Tales

Il racconto dei racconti

2015, Matteo Garrone, Italy, 125 min. With John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 27th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 30th 6:00pm

"A scene of a trained bear entertaining the court with its horn-playing and hula-hoop prowess is typical of the movie's freakish delights." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

"A masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression...gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful." — Peter Brashaw, The Guardian

"A fabulously sexy, defiantly unfashionable readymade cult item." — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

After his acclaimed crime saga GOMORRAH and his reality-show satire REALITY, director Garrone moves into the realm of fable and fantasy, but his vision is no less vivid, disturbing, and even (with a little extrapolation) contemporarily relevant. Drawn from a collection of Neapolitan folk tales compiled by 17th-century poet Giambattista Basile, these are decidedly fairy stories for adults — bloody and bawdy, with brutal comeuppances in place of comforting morals. As in GOMORRAH, Garrone shuttles among multiple plotlines, here involving three adjacent kingdoms subject to the whims of their self-indulgent monarchs: Desperate for a child, a barren queen (Salma Hayek) strikes a devil’s bargain that hinges on eating a sea monster’s heart. A goofy king (Toby Jones) raises a gigantic flea while neglecting his feisty daughter (Bebe Cave). A horny sovereign (Vincent Cassel) becomes infatuated with a woman (Hayley Carmichael) through her beautiful voice, overlooking the possibility that the sight might not match the sound. In English. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

We Are Young. We Are Strong.

Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.

2014, Burhan Qurbani, Germany, 123 min. With Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 27th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 30th 6:00pm

"A revelatory glimpse of recent history with a strong sense of the sociopolitical setting." — Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

In August 1992, in a chilling portent of anti-immigrant scapegoating to come, economically strapped residents of Rohrstock, Germany, rioted against Roma refugees, and, after the government backed down, turned their fury against Vietnamese immigrants in a nearby apartment block. Known as the "Night of Fire," the incident deeply affected director Qurbani, then the eleven-year-old son of Afghan immigrants. In this intense dramatization, he gives the events an epic sweep through tour-de-force camerawork and multiple perspectives — most importantly, those of a noncommittal youth (Nay), his waffling politician father (Devid Striesow), a neo-Nazi leader, his loose-cannon acolyte, and a young Vietnamese woman (Hong) who stubbornly clings to the hope that she can assimilate into German society. In German and Vietnamese with English subtitles. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. DCP digital. (MR)

The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son

2015, Iglika Triffonova, Bulgaria/Sweden, 102 min. With Romane Bohringer, Samuel Fröhler.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 27th 5:30pm
  • Wed, Mar 30th 8:30pm

"Heartfelt…succeeds in being more than just a courtroom drama." — Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

"High quality production values and thorny human rights theme…poses some troubling questions about the ethics of the legal profession." — Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Based on the true story of the Hague trial of a genocidal commander in the Bosnian war, this gripping drama reveals the moral high ground to be an elusive and improbable destination. The film’s constantly shifting points of view call into question the underlying motives of the principled prosecutor, the defending lawyer, and the assistant he hires to investigate a key witness. The outcome of the tense courtroom showdown hangs by a thread on the veracity of a surly teenage orphan who testifies to serving as a collaborator in the accused’s atrocities. In English, Swedish, and Bosnian with English subtitles. Courtesy of EastWest Film Distribution. DCP digital. (BS)

Hearts Know * the Runaway Brides

2015, Kris Kristinsson, Netherlands/Bulgaria, 72 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Mar 27th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 28th 6:00pm

"An iconic image of rebellion…at once personal and universal." — Cinecola

Ditched at the altar! It happened to filmmaker Kristinsson, and heartbreak becomes the catalyst for this docudrama that delves into the phenomenon of relationships severed cataclysmically by absence at the very moment of truth. Through humor, reenactment, and on-street interviews, the film explores the cultural reactions and implications of the bridal kiss-off in nineteen locations around the world. The director stages fictional wedding-day getaways in Japan, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ethiopia, and more, and lets the chips fall where they may as bystanders react. In English. Courtesy of the director. DCP digital. (BS)

Closing night film!

Phantom Boy

2015, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium, 84 min.

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Mar 31st 6:30pm

"Delivers a level of heartfelt dramatics to rival INSIDE OUT…action-packed and emotionally potent." — Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

"Visually striking and surprisingly moving." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

The directors of the Oscar-nominated A CAT IN PARIS follow that international hit with this visually stunning noir-inflected plot set in Manhattan. A heart-tugging romp steeped in soaring fantasy teams Alex, a heroic but unorthodox young cop laid up with a broken leg, with Leo, a sick boy who is gifted with unique out-of-body powers. Leo slips ghost-like out of the hospital each night to float above the city in search of adventure, and becomes the cop’s invisible partner in pursuit of a maniacal gangster threatening New York. High-flying chases by land and sea engage a plucky lady reporter, a comically inept crew of mobsters, and one nasty little dog. Suitable for the whole family. With voices by Gaspard Gagnol, Édouard Baer, and Audrey Tautou. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of GKids. DCP digital. (BS)