Film Center from Your Sofa
With our doors closed, you may be missing the Gene Siskel Film Center -- but we don't want you to miss out on the latest art house films! We're partnering with our favorite distributors to present new and noteworthy independent and international cinema on a screen (very!) near you.
Keep checking in for our updated streaming schedule, noting that new films will continue to be added as they're confirmed. Please also note that each film has its own streaming procedures, pricing, and availability--but none cost more than the price of a movie ticket!
A portion of all proceeds--from streaming films through the Film Center or contributing to our ongoing fundraising initiatives--will help keep the Film Center operating during this time and help ensure we will all watch movies together again at our theaters.
To stay connected in the meantime, we invite you to share your thoughts in the Facebook events we’ve created for each film we’re streaming and to tune in to our “Screen to Screen” discussions, where you can enjoy interactive, virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, crew, and other special guests all from the comfort of your sofa (and sweatpants).
Thank you for your generous support during this time. Stay well, stay at home--and we hope to "see you" at the movies!
Having trouble viewing?
Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!
The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:
• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, and to support efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. This is a dynamic and unprecedented situation, we will share the most up-to-date information on this page. Additionally, you may call 312-846-2600 or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
A THOUSAND CUTS
2020, Ramona S. Diaz, USA/Philippines, 110 min.
"Captures the state of journalism and democracy in the Philippines in all of its harrowing moments."--Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
An essential character-driven document of a moment in the history of a country facing some challenges that are disturbingly familiar."--John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Produced, written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA, MOTHERLAND). In English and Tagalog with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of PBS)
MY DOG STUPID
MON CHIEN STUPIDE
2019, Yvan Attal, France, 99 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal
"Has a truthful sting to it...the dialogue is laced with one-liners, and there are plenty of canine jokes to go around."--Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"A bitterly amusing comedy--bordering on existential drama--about life as part of a couple, and as part of a family."--Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
Based on the novella by cult writer John Fante, this moving bittersweet comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg (NYMPHOMANIAC) and Yvan Attal. Henri (Attal) is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration who has published nothing worthy of note in years. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his wife and four deadbeat adult kids, he dreams of restarting his life in Rome alone. When a huge, ugly, and outrageously bad-mannered dog appears in his garden one night, he adopts the beast, bonding in an unexpected relationship that drives a wedge between Henri and his wife, kids, and neighbors. In French with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Distrib Films)
2020, Ron Howard, USA, 95 min.
"Beautifully rendered...starts as a true-life action movie and then swings into a poignant portrayal of a group of people living with the aftermath of the disaster...told with exceptional craft and warm sympathy."--Jason Gorber, Point of View Magazine
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. From the moment the crisis began, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, APOLLO 13) led a filmmaking team to the city and would spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. The community members went on to forge a bond stronger than what they had before the catastrophe, even as their hope and spirit were challenged by continued adversity: relocations, financial crises, government hurdles, water poisoning, grief and PTSD. (Description courtesy of National Geographic)
SONG WITHOUT A NAME
CANCIÓN SIN NOMBRE
2019, Melina León, Peru/Spain/USA, 97 min.
With Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga
"Styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams...mesmerizing, steeped in local lore, rituals and haunting traditional music."--Guy Lodge, Variety
"Kafkaesque thriller of crime and corruption...with gorgeous monochrome visuals and rich musical layers, the film is evidence of a strong new directorial voice, ear and eye."--Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
SONG WITHOUT A NAME tells the story of Georgina (Mendoza), an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn baby is whisked away moments after its birth in a downtown Lima clinic - and never returned. Stonewalled by a byzantine and indifferent legal system, Georgina approaches journalist Pedro Campas (Párraga), who uncovers a web of fake clinics and abductions - suggesting a rotting corruption deep within Peruvian society. Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León’s heart-wrenching and multi-award-winning first feature renders Georgina's story in gorgeous, shadowy black-and-white cinematography. In Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
2019, Sergio Navaretta, USA, 109 min.
With Ana Golja, Louis Gossett Jr., Shohreh Aghdasloo
THE CUBAN is a powerful heart-warming experience of music, friendship, family and loyalty that highlights the humanity of some of the most vulnerable in our society. Academy award winner Louis Gossett Jr. expands his repertoire of exceptional performances in the role of Luis, an elderly Cuban musician who is brought out of his shell by his care worker, a young Afghan immigrant named Mina. Her attempts to get through to Luis are futile until she discovers the music. A poster of Benny More inspires Mina to hum a jazz tune that ignites a spark inside him. As each day passes the music awakens Luis more and more until the colourful world of his past becomes vibrant and real again. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Cohen Films)
A GIRL MISSING
2019, Koji Fukada, Japan/France, 111 min.
With Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa
"Deft and absorbing...time-hopping puzzle pieces fall into place with exquisitely deployed skill."--Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
"Wildly engrossing."--Elena Lazic, Cinema Scope
Ichiko (Fukada) is a private home-nurse who has worked for the elder matriarch of the Oishos for years and regards them as her own family. Ichiko's quiet, routine life is shattered when a young member of the Oishos clan is kidnapped. When it is revealed that the kidnapper is none other than Ichiko’s nephew, her life begins to unravel in this taut thriller from Koji Fukada (HARMONIUM), one of Japan’s current cinematic masters. In Japanese with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
DAYS OF THE WHALE
LOS DIAS DE LA BALLENA
2019, Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, Colombia, 80 min.
With Laura Tobón, Davis Escallón
"There's an indomitable youthful exuberance that thrums through Restrep's debut feature...unmistakable energy and unconcealed filmmaking glee."--Jessica Kiang, Variety
“A gem of a film. The story is compelling, the art is amazing, the sense of place is near perfect.” --Steve Kopian, UnSeen Films
"A promising debut from a fresh new voice...features a fantastic soundtrack with a mix of Colombian hip hop and Cuban salsa."--Raquel Stecher, Quelle Movies
Cristina (Tobón) and Simon (Escallón) are two young and daring graffiti artists bent on rebellion through art, in Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city. Their restless spirit leads them to defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint a mural over a threat written in a wall. The love that unites them, their friendship with other artists at La Selva--an old house they use as a refuge--and familiar tensions, come together to tell a story where the powerful strength of youth faces fear, violence and the difficulties of growing up. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Outsider Pictures)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with DAYS OF THE WHALE director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, producer Pau Brunet, moderated by journalist, essayist, and educator Esther Cepeda.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
2020, Dawn Porter, USA, 96 min.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. [closed caption] (Description courtesy of Magnolia Films)
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.
Additionally, on 7/9 all ticket-buyers are welcome to stream a live panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theater. The live panel begins at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST and will also be archived to watch afterward.
WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
2019, Ciro Guerra, USA/Italy, 113 min.
With Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson
"Scorching allegory for imperialist denial and defeat feels pertinent to a current political milieu marked by the hubris of white supremacy...gains in poetry and power."--Guy Lodge, Variety
This period drama by the acclaimed director of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT serves as a provocative allegory on colonial conquest and racism. The magistrate (Rylance in an impressively nuanced performance) of a dusty North African outpost on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until faced with the arrival of Colonel Joll (Depp) and his sadistic officer Mandel (Pattinson), sent to report on border security and the activities of the local populace. The magistrate's long-standing laissez faire governance of a peaceful nomadic people meets the harsh reality of imperial expansion in the person of a man whose only goal is brutal subjugation. Closed captions (CC). (Description courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Company)
2019, Emily Harris, UK, 96 min.
With Hannah Rae, Devrim Lingnau, Tobias Menzies
"Expressive, atmospheric...hazy, ethereal, and almost hyper-real."--Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
"Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other'...Lingnau and Rae create plenty of heat in their scenes together."--Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
15-year-old Lara (Rae) lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation, and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla (Lingnau). Based on the 1872 gothic novella of the same name, the quintessential "lesbian vampire" story has been adapted previously as Roger Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES and the Hammer classic THE VAMPIRE LOVERS. In this new interpretation, director Emily Harris strips back "the supernatural tropes of Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel in order to dive deeper into the motivations and behaviors that turn love and openness into hate and destruction." (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with CARMILLA director Emily Harris, moderated by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2018, Nikolaus Leytner, Austria/Germany, 117 min.
With Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz
"Told with unusual sensitivity...a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz."--Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
Featuring one of the final performances by acclaimed Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (THE AMERICAN FRIEND) this drama based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler explores an unexpected friendship set against the background of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz (Morzé) journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Ganz), a regular customer. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka (Emma Drogunova), he seeks courtship advice from the psychoanalyst. As political and social conditions dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. In German with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Menemsha Films)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with THE TOBACCONIST director Nikolaus Leytner, and actor Simon Morze moderated by Erin Gizewski, doctoral student in Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
2019, Halina Dyrschka, Germany, 93 min.
“CRITIC’S PICK.Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” –A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I’VE SEEN ABOUT FINE ART. It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us.” —Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.com
“GORGEOUS...GOES FAR DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE...making an airtight case for af Klint’s ascension to an elevated place in art history.”—Shana Nys Dambrot, LA WEEKLY
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.
Click here to view a virtual Q&A with Halina Dyrschka, director of BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT, moderated by Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com)!
SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY'S FARM
2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min.
Henry Brockman is both an anachronism and a visionary. Surrounded by GMO-heavy industrial farms in Central Illinois, he has for a quarter-century successfully operated a small family vegetable farm based on principles of organic cultivation and biodiversity. Feeling the effects of age and a lifetime of hard work, Henry decides to take a sabbatical with his wife Hiroko in her native Japan. Left in the hands of a former intern, the farm is devastated by unusually heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, Henry's recently graduated daughter Aozora, a stalwart worker on the farm, is planning to leave for New York to pursue a writing career, and Henry's sojourn in Japan has caused him to rethink the future of farming. Director Sommer (BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD) effectively integrates an absorbing inside look at the nuts-and-bolts of sustainable farming with a lyrical feeling for nature and a stirring portrait of a down-to-earth idealist. (MR)
Join us Sunday, August 16 at 5pm for a Facebook Live Q&A with director Ines Sommer, film subject Henry Brockman, and co-producer Terra Brockman!
Register for the free Q&A here: https://tinyurl.com/yx9jyyg2