An Oscar front-runner from the moment it debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this drama recounting a pivotal civil rights case is the story of Richard Loving (Edgerton) and Mildred Jeter (Negga), the interracial Virginia couple who married in 1958, and, after a nine-year struggle, brought their legal battle against the state’s anti-miscegenation laws all the way to the Supreme Court. Basing much of the dialogue and legal particulars on documented fact, director Nichols (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MUD) relies on powerfully slow-burning performances by Negga and Edgerton to create a narrative of courage through endurance, as the history-making pair brave threats, jail time, and banishment from their state to affirm their right to marry. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Runs & Limited Engagements
2016, Jeff Nichols, UK/USA, 123 min. With Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton.
“Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional.” — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“Fine, quiet, carefully modulated…Negga’s brilliant at drawing out the sweet dignity in every little detail of this woman’s story.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
- Fri, Feb 17th 2:00pm
- Fri, Feb 17th 6:00pm
- Sat, Feb 18th 7:45pm
- Sun, Feb 19th 3:00pm
- Mon, Feb 20th 6:00pm
- Tue, Feb 21st 7:45pm
- Wed, Feb 22nd 6:00pm
- Thu, Feb 23rd 8:15pm
The Saga of Anatahan
1953, Josef von Sternberg, Japan, 92 min. With Akemi Negishi.
"The film works subversively by implicating its audience in the patterns of desire and violence, discipline and surrender. It's brilliant. When was the last time you felt stark naked after a movie?" — Tony Rayns, Time Out London
"Distance is built into every aspect of the production, yet the feelings that emerge are incredibly pure and immediate: Sternberg seems to be photographing the absolute essence of human emotion." — Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
- Fri, Feb 17th 6:00pm
- Sat, Feb 18th 5:45pm
- Wed, Feb 22nd 6:00pm
Described by Sternberg as “my best film — and my most unsuccessful one,” ANATAHAN is based on the true story of a group of Japanese sailors who were stranded on a Pacific island in 1944 and refused to surrender until seven years after the war was over. As a great director’s deeply personal last testament, ANATAHAN is unsurpassed. The film’s theme is Sternberg’s central one of the power of desire, represented by the survivors’ competition for the lone woman on the island. Hyperstylized narrative scenes, filmed entirely in a specially made studio, are interspersed with haunting documentary footage of defeated Japan; the fascinating benshi-like narration is spoken by Sternberg himself. The narration is in English; the Japanese dialogue is deliberately left untranslated. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)
2016, Dinesh Das Sabu, USA/India, 57 min.
“Intense…a fascinating look into how we are caught between influences of our past and present.” — Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
“Starkly and yet tenderly shot…a moving and important film.” — Debra Davy, L.A. Splash
- Fri, Feb 17th 8:15pm
- Sat, Feb 18th 3:30pm
- Sun, Feb 19th 5:30pm
- Mon, Feb 20th 8:30pm
- Tue, Feb 21st 6:00pm
- Wed, Feb 22nd 8:15pm
- Thu, Feb 23rd 8:15pm
Twenty years after the sudden death of both of his parents, director Sabu attempts to piece together the circumstances that led to his being orphaned at the age of six and raised without adult supervision by only slightly older siblings. A fractured tale of mismatched marriage, immigration from India, schizophrenia, and his mother’s fateful choices emerges through multiple points of view, as Sabu integrates the differing memories of his sisters and brothers, relatives in India, and a painful delving into long-kept family secrets for a new complex portrait of the past he never knew. A Kartemquin Films production. DCP digital. (BS)
Fri., February 17, 8:15pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu, Gordon Quinn and Sangeetha Ravichandran. Moderated by Howard Reich, the Chicago Tribune's arts critic, producer-writer of Kartemquin Fillms' "Prisoner of Her Past" and author of five books. Presented in cooperation with Kartemquin Films.
Sat., February 18, 3:50pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu, moderated by Surendra P. Shah, a former Indo-American Museum Board Member. Presented in cooperation with the Indo-American Heritage Museum.
Sun., February 19, 5:15pm: Director Dinesh Das Sabu and Co-Producer R. Patrick Lile in conversation.
Mon., February 20, 8:15pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu, moderated by Alexa James, Executive Director of NAMI-Chicago. Presented in cooperation with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago.
Tue., February 21, 6pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu and Dr. Suresh Unni, moderated by Apna Ghar Legal Advocate Alina Ali. Presented in cooperation with Apna Ghar.
Wed., February 22, 8:15pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu, IFP Chicago Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Editor Matt Lauterbach and Kartemquin Director of Editing Leslie Simmer. Presented in cooperation with Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago
Thu., February 23, 8:15pm: Q&A with director Dinesh Das Sabu and Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, moderated by Eye on India President Anuradha Behari. Presented in cooperation with the Eye on India Festival.
2009, Maren Ade, Germany, 119 min. With Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger.
“Superbly performed, emotionally graphic.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“So much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
- Fri, Feb 17th 8:30pm
- Wed, Feb 22nd 8:30pm
- Thu, Feb 23rd 6:00pm
Envy and attraction make for an oil-and-water mix in this sun-drenched drama. A villa on Sardinia is the vacation love nest for Chris (Eidinger), a fledgling architect with a foundering career, and his spunky new girlfriend Gitti (Minichmayr), a spunky bundle of energy who does PR for a rock band. Despite frequent lovemaking and Gitti’s good-natured nurturing, Chris drowns in insecurities. A pivotal social encounter with a rival architect and his docile wife brings their relationship to a head when a terminal blowout raises the question of whether love itself is an illusion. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)
Things To Come
2016, Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 102 min. With Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon.
“A warm, funny and profoundly sensitive portrait of letting go and learning to make new memories.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Delightful…a warm, thoughtful, surprising drama.” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York
- Fri, Feb 24th 2:00pm
- Sat, Feb 25th 6:30pm
- Mon, Feb 27th 6:00pm
- Mon, Feb 27th 8:00pm
- Tue, Feb 28th 8:00pm
- Wed, Mar 1st 6:00pm
- Wed, Mar 1st 8:00pm
- Thu, Mar 2nd 8:15pm
Huppert has one of her richest roles as Nathalie, a sixtyish Parisian philosophy professor whose seemingly secure life is disrupted by a series of catastrophes. Her troubles begin when striking students block the way to her classroom; then, in short order, her husband (Marcon) leaves her, her demanding mother (Edith Scob) declines alarmingly, and her longtime publisher declares her textbooks too old-fashioned. Avoiding cliché and melodrama, Huppert and director Hansen-Løve (EDEN) trace Nathalie’s journey of self-rediscovery with a wide spectrum of tones and colors, enriched by dry humor, Denis Lenoir’s summery cinematography, and the director’s superbly curated music selections, ranging from Woody Guthrie and Donovan to the Fleetwoods’ climactic a cappella rendition of “Unchained Melody” (“Time goes by so slowly / And time can do so much…).” In French, English, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
You're Killing Me Susana
Me estás matando, Susana
2016, Roberto Sneider, Mexico/Canada, 100 min. With Gael García Bernal, Verónica Echegui.
“García Bernal continues to explore his comedic chops, although he also offers some of his best dramatic and poignant moments.” — Guillermo Verduzco, The News
- Fri, Feb 24th 6:00pm
- Sat, Feb 25th 8:30pm
- Mon, Feb 27th 8:15pm
- Tue, Feb 28th 6:00pm
- Wed, Mar 1st 8:15pm
- Thu, Mar 2nd 6:00pm
- Thu, Mar 2nd 8:15pm
Wickedly handsome telenovela actor Eligio (García Bernal) cheats serially on his whip-smart novelist wife Susana (Echegui) until the morning he wakes up to find her gone. Turns out she’s heading for Iowa, to a scholarship residency at famous writers’ workshop, and she soon has her belatedly contrite and suddenly re-smitten husband in hot pursuit. This romantic comedy gives equal time to comedy and romance, with steamy love scenes, realistic culture clash drama of Latinos adrift in white-bread territory, and sharply funny encounters when, in a sequence set in snowy Chicago, hot-tempered Eligio learns what infidelity feels like when the tables are turned. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital.
2016, Michael Longhurst, UK, 210 min.
“Stupendous…total total theatre, and it’s wonderful.” — Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
“An epic piece of music theatre.” — Michael Billington, The Guardian
- Fri, Feb 24th 6:30pm
- Sat, Feb 25th 2:00pm
Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (LUTHER, GAME OF THRONES) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play with orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world — and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. (Description courtesy of NT Live)
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