Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere! Panel discussion!

Franca: Chaos & Creation

2016, Francesco Carrozzini, Italy/USA, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 4th 6:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 6th 7:45pm

"She's a very free woman," says photographer Peter Lindbergh of the late Franca Sozzani, the subject of this documentary portrait directed by her son, himself a noted photographer and filmmaker. As the editor of Italian Vogue from 1988 until her death last December, the legendary Sozzani redefined what a fashion magazine could be, breaking taboos and unabashedly mixing couture and controversy in fashion-photo shoots themed to such topics as war, plastic surgery, domestic violence, and oil spills. Luminaries including Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Marina Abramović, publisher Jonathan Newhouse ("She went too far!"), and philosopher Bernard Henri-Levi ("She's crazy!") weigh in, but the heart of the film is the candid, at times contentious back-and-forth between the strong-willed Sozzani and the son eager to learn more about the mother who wasn’t apologetic about putting profession ahead of parenthood. In Italian, English, and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of BOND/360. DCP digital. (MR)

MARCH 6: Following the March 6 screening, a panel chaired by Gillion Carrara, Director of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and including Debra Riley Parr, Associate Professor of design history and theory at Columbia College Chicago, Geoffrey Rhodes, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Communication Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fashion journalist and consultant Maria Vanessa Colapinto will discuss the issues.

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