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.
Franca: Chaos & Creation
2016, Francesco Carrozzini, Italy/USA, 80 min.
"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.
2015, Colin M. Day, USA, 80 min.
"Lively, involving." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Colin Day’s fascinating documentary SAVING BANKSY rightly honors that renowned pseudonymous street artist." — Andy Webster, The New York Times
The wall mural of a rat sporting a beret by renowned street artist Banksy becomes a proverbial hot potato in the international art world in this engaging documentary that debates questions of ownership, authorship, and authenticity with regard to ostensibly anonymous street art, as collectors representing opposing motives of greed and altruism fight it out. San Francisco street-art champion Brian Greif saves the iconic rat from demolition and attempts unsuccessfully to donate the piece to a major art museum. Even as he subsequently deflects purchase offers in the six figures, enterprising gallery owners and collectors around the world are seen scoring other Banksy pieces by hook or by crook, creating a million-dollar market in the purloined work at showcases including Art Basel Miami. DCP digital. (BS)
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.