In honor of the month when Valentine's Day falls, we present a series of ten movies devoted to romance, courtship, and falling in love. From a basketball court in L.A. to the top of the Eiffel Tower to a windy Scottish isle to the streets of Rome, these films show that love indeed makes the world go 'round.
Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. The program is organized by the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank.
From February 8 through March 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the 30th anniversary of our Festival of Films from Iran. The festival endures as a showcase that has brought the innovation, resilience, and humanism of one of the world’s great national cinemas to Chicago audiences over three decades. Now, more than ever, the voices of Iranian artists need to be heard in exploring our shared humanity through history, compassion, comedy, and love. Whether you are a longtime supporter or completely new to Iranian cinema, please join us in discovery!
We continue the 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.
Our Chicago first run of CORDILLERA OF DREAMS (Feb. 21-27) presents the concluding film in Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's trilogy of documentaries that began with NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT in 2010 and continued with THE PEARL BUTTON in 2015. Called "one of the great artistic statements of the decade" by Martyn Conterio of CineVue, these three films gracefully weave together history, politics, natural beauty, and personal essay to form a monumental portrait of Chile while touching upon crucial issues that concern our entire planet.