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Rendezvous in Chicago

2018, Michael Glover Smith, USA, 69 min.
With Clare Cooney, Matthew Sherbach, Nina Ganet

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Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 8th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 9th 4:30pm
  • Mon, Feb 11th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Feb 13th 7:45pm
First Chicago run!

"Sweet, delightful, humanistic rom-com."--Scott Pfeiffer, Cine-File

"Not just Smith’s best film to date, but a genuinely vital Chicago film."--Daniel Nava, Chicago Cinema Circuit

Like Chicago-based critic/filmmaker Smith's COOL APOCALYPSE and MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (both of which received their first Chicago runs at the Gene Siskel Film Center), his third film is built upon sharply observed parallels between multiple couples at crucial turning points in their relationships. This time he adopts a more comic tone and segregates the couples into separate episodes of a three-part anthology film. In the tense and sexy "The Brothers Karamazov," a Russian-lit major (Cooney) calls a pickup artist's bluff by challenging him to a game of Strip Literary Trivia. "Cats and Dogs" is a Rogers Park stroll with a gay couple (Sherbach, Rashaad Hall) who seem made for each other--but can they bridge the gulf between cat-people and dog-people? In the metafictional "The End Is the Beginning," an enraged woman (Ganet) throws her unfaithful mate out of the apartment, then transfers her affections to an unexpected replacement. A cast of prominent Chicago stage actors is augmented with an opening cameo by Haydée Politoff, best known as the star of Eric Rohmer's New Wave classic LA COLLECTIONEUSE. DCP digital. On Monday only, the feature will be followed by Haley McCormick's short film DANCER (7 min.). (MR)

Friday, February 8, 8pm: Writer/director Michael Smith is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, along with cast members Clare Cooney, Nina Ganet, David McNulty and Matt Sherbach. The discussion will be moderated by Tom Hush (WGN's No Coast Cinema).

Saturday, February 9, 4:30pm: Writer/director Michael Smith is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, along with Women of the Now (producer Layne Marie Williams, associate producer Jill Sandmire, colorist Grace Pisula and script supervisor Hannah Butler). The discussion will be moderated by Pamela Powell (FF2 Media).

Monday, February 11, 7:45pm: Writer/director Michael Smith is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, along with actor Rashaad Hall, producer Layne Marie Williams, cinematographer Alex Halstead, editor Eric Marsh and production designer Haley McCormick. The discussion will be moderated by Pat McDonald (Hollywood Chicago).

Wednesday, February 13, 7:45pm: Writer/director Michael Smith is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, along with cast members Clare Cooney, Nina Ganet, Matt Sherbach and Shane Simmons. The discussion will be moderated by Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com).

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