New Sensory Cinema

January 27 - May 9

From January 27 through May 9, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled New Sensory Cinema, with weekly Tuesday lectures by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Bass’s lecture. Admission to all New Sensory Cinema programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

Our age of the pocket camera and handheld screen hails the contemporary body as a site of surveillance, capture, and voyeurism, but our screen-centric world often overlooks the sensations of bodies themselves. New Sensory Cinema explores fourteen films, all made in the last thirty years, in which the body acts as a territory of desire, a vessel of transformation, a site of return, and a mode of resistance to cinematic capture. Each movie offers a provocation of the senses — devotion, entrapment, obliteration, ecstasy, possession — in which the filmmaker pushes against the boundaries of genre to propose new cinematic forms.

— Melika Bass


Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Choose Me

1984, Alan Rudolph, USA, 106 min. With Geneviève Bujold, Keith Carradine.


  • Fri, Apr 14th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 18th 6:00pm
Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Trouble Every Day

2001, Claire Denis, France, 101 min. With Vincent Gallo, Béatrice Dalle.


  • Fri, Apr 21st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 25th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

River of Grass

1994, Kelly Reichardt, USA, 76 min. With Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden.


  • Sat, Apr 29th 5:00pm
  • Tue, May 2nd 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!


2004, Lucile Hadžihalilović, Belgium/France, 120 min. With Zoé Auclair, Marion Cotillard.


  • Sun, May 7th 5:00pm
  • Tue, May 9th 6:00pm