From January 3 through 29, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the art of the documentary in a special way, with the series Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres. Dreams, obsessions, and power plays figure in many of these eight films, in which a search for truth or meaning is often an underlying theme.
Current & Ongoing Series
Sinister, Singular, and Subversive: The Cinema of Juraj Herz
January 4 - 30
"A one-man wave of Czechoslovak horror...his films always guarantee something artful, bold and unlike anything else from their time and place."—Kat Ellinger, Sight & Sound
From January 4 to 30, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in collaboration with Comeback Company, presents Sinister, Singular, and Subversive: The Cinema of Juraj Herz, an eight-film series devoted to the Slovakian-born director who specialized in the offbeat and the macabre.
A Fine Romance
February 1 - March 4
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.
The Guzmán Trilogy
February 21 - 27
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.
Conversations at the Edge - Spring 2020
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.
For more, visit www.saic.edu/cate.
30th Annual Festival of Films from Iran
February 8 - March 1
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!