Everyone likes to talk about movies, so let’s keep the conversation going! The Gene Siskel Film Center will get everyone talking with monthly film conversations. Audiences are invited to informal conversations led by—but not monopolized by—carefully selected facilitators.

Chicago premiere! Panel discussion!

Franca: Chaos & Creation

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


Chicago premiere!

Saving Banksy

2015, Colin M. Day, USA, 80 min.


  • Fri, Feb 3rd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 4th 2:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 12:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 6:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 7th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 8th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 8:15pm

FEBRUARY 8: The 6:15 pm screening on Wednesday, February 8, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by psychotherapist and Art Institute of Chicago adjunct lecturer Tamara Faulkner.

Back by popular demand!



2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.


  • Fri, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 7th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 8th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 9th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 12th 8:15pm

JANUARY 11: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Camille Roussel, Ph.D. student in Human Development at the University of Chicago, whose scholarship focuses on gender and women's health issues among the K'ekchi' Maya in Guatemala.

New 4K digital restoration!



1985, Jûzô Itami, Japan, 114 min. With Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto.


  • Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 2nd 7:45pm
  • Sat, Dec 3rd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 4th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 12th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 14th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 15th 6:00pm

DECEMBER 12 This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago Reader Senior Writer / Food Critic Mike Sula.

New digital restoration!

The Fallen Idol

1948, Carol Reed, UK, 94 min. With Ralph Richardson, Bobby Henrey.

Film series: Brit Noir


  • Fri, Nov 18th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 19th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 23rd 6:00pm

NOVEMBER 18: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by J. R. Jones, lead film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of The Lives of Robert Ryan.

Chicago premiere!

Miss Hokusai

百日紅 / Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai

2015, Keichi Hara, Japan, 93 min.


  • Fri, Oct 21st 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 22nd 2:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 23rd 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 24th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 25th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 26th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 27th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Oct 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 28th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 29th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 30th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 31st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 1st 8:15pm
  • Wed, Nov 2nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 3rd 8:15pm

OCTOBER 26: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by anime & video game critic Hiroko Yamamura, former Editor in Chief of Japanator.com and writer for Otaku USA Magazine.

U.S. theatrical premiere! Filmmakers in person!

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

2016, Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, USA, 114 min.


  • Fri, Sep 16th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 16th 6:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 16th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 17th 1:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 17th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Sep 18th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 18th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Sep 19th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 19th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Sep 20th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Sep 21st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 22nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 22nd 8:15pm
  • Fri, Sep 23rd 6:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 23rd 8:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 24th 5:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 24th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 25th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 25th 7:30pm
  • Mon, Sep 26th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Sep 27th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 28th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 28th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Sep 29th 8:15pm

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 8:15 PM: Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and director of photography Keith Walker will be present for audience discussion.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 5:15 PM: Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and director of photography Keith Walker will be present for audience discussion.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 at 5:15 PM: Co-director Rita Coburn Whack will be present for audience discussion.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at 8:15 PM: Co-director Rita Coburn Whack will be present for audience discussion.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 at 6:00 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Raymond Lambert, the documentary's executive producer.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 6:00 PM: Director of photography Keith Walker will introduce the screening.

Class Divide

2016, Marc Levin, USA, 74 min.


  • Tue, Aug 23rd 6:00pm

AUGUST 23: This screening is a Movie Club event. Producer Daphne Pinkerson and film subject Hyisheem Calier will be present for an audience discussion after the film. The discussion will be facilitated by Janet Smith, Associate Professor at UIC and Co-Director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.

First Chicago run!

Our Last Tango

Un tango más

2015, German Kral, Argentina/Germany, 85 min. With María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes.


  • Fri, Jun 17th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 17th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 18th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 19th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Jun 20th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 21st 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jun 22nd 6:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 23rd 8:15pm
  • Fri, Jun 24th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 25th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 26th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 27th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Jun 28th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jun 29th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 30th 6:15pm

JUNE 22: This screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Jorge Niedas, co-founder and Artistic Director of Tango 21 and Tango 21 Dance Theater. Jorge Niedas was trained in classical ballet at Instituto Superior del Arte del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. He has performed in several institutions in the United States, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jorge introduced Argentine Tango to the Chicago community in the '90s. Since then he has been teaching, choreographing, and performing Argentine Tango in Chicago. He is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Dance Art, a non-profit organization which aims to provide dance instruction to children that are part of outreach programs in the city of Chicago.

First Chicago run!


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


  • Fri, May 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 6th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 7th 3:00pm
  • Sat, May 7th 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 8th 5:30pm
  • Tue, May 10th 8:15pm
  • Wed, May 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, May 12th 8:15pm
  • Fri, May 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 14th 5:15pm
  • Mon, May 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, May 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 18th 8:15pm
  • Thu, May 19th 6:00pm

MAY 17: The 6:00 pm screening on Tue., May 17, is a Movie Club event facilitated by P.D. Young, an Adjunct Lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in Art History in 2011 where his thesis explored a scene of the animals at the circus in Robert Bresson's au Hasard, Balthazar. Though he has lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, he is particularly interested in the intersection of museums and cinema.

Newly restored 35mm print!

Beauty and the Beast

La Belle et la Bête

1946, Jean Cocteau, France, 95 min. With Jean Marais, Josette Day.


  • Fri, Apr 8th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 8th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 9th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 10th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 11th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 13th 8:15pm

APRIL 11: The 6:00 pm is a Movie Club event facilitated by critic Patrick McDonald. Patrick McDonald has been a film critic and entertainment writer for for eight years, and currently appears on HollywoodChicago.com and Film Autonomy.com. He has been chief tour guide for the Chicago Film Tour for seven seasons, and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics association.