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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Stories from the Chestnut Woods

Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov

2019, Gregor Božič, Slovenia/Italy, 81 min.
With Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roščić

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 14th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 18th 8:00pm

“An exquisite visual poem…extraordinary.”—Carlota Moseguí, Cineuropa

“One of a kind film that amazes and immerses its viewers in the classic, long-forgotten true cinema experience.”—Arman Fatić, Duart

Richly burnished colors enhance this timelessly mythical view of a post-WWII village on the Slovenian-Italian border, as first-time director Božič evokes the legacy of directors including Sergei Parajanov and Emir Kusturica with his magic-realist take on the past. The fate of the village carpenter, a recently widowed skinflint, intersects with that of a desperate woman who makes her living gathering and selling the region’s plentiful chestnuts. Within this loose narrative, ancient customs prevail, dreams come to life, and visions burst forth. The Three Kings stand watch at a death bed; a fabulous banquet unfolds in a humble cottage; a majestic bear silently joins the party; and the pageant of the seasons prevails. In Slovenian and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Cercamon. (BS)

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