From February 2 through March 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the "29 th Annual Festival of Films from Iran," presenting Chicago premieres of eight films by directors working within and outside of Iran. We open with the U.S. premiere of the documentary MOUTH HARP IN A MINOR KEY: HAMID NAFICY IN/ON EXILE by Maryam Sepehri.
We inaugurate a new mostly monthly series dedicated to provocative and outré films that have galvanized audiences and critics alike, incited passionate conversation, and inspired devoted cult followings among adventurous cinephiles.
We present new digital restorations of two major works by Alain Resnais, a key figure in the development of modernist cinema. Resnais's fluid, fragmentary treatment of time and memory, enhanced by brilliant editing, moved critic Andrew Sarris to call him “the cinema’s most profound mediator on the human mind.”