October 19 at 8:30pm | In the late 19th century, arrogant if naïve Danish priest Lucas travels to Iceland, then a colony of Denmark, to establish a remote parish for homesteaders and convert the locals to Christianity. To reach his outpost, Lucas must traverse the harsh foreign landscape - a grueling journey for which he is decidedly ill-suited. Although local guide Ragnar has been hired to ensure the entourage’s safe passage, Lucas can’t help but treat the Icelander with contempt. Recalling the grand thematics, foreboding landscapes, and existential angst in the best work of Werner Herzog and Ingmar Bergman, the film builds to an inexorable clash between the imperious outsider and the wary locals. Inspired by a collection of wet plate photographs of rural Iceland taken by a priest in the late 1800s, GODLAND is a forceful, inspired critique of the destructive impact of the colonial endeavor.


Chicago International Film Festival at GSFC: The Gene Siskel Film Center is proud to again partner with the 58th Chicago International Film Festival to present nineteen feature films from around the world, ranging from moving, life-affirming dramas to eye-opening documentaries. The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. Catch this year's festival on the big screen at the Film Center and other venues around Chicago. View full program here.


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