Chicago International Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up for the 57th Edition | Chicago coil

The Chicago International Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its 57th edition, which will take place October 13-24, 2021.

This year’s festival spans the city, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theater, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and pop-up screenings. neighborhood at the historic Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville. The program includes nearly 90 feature films and 70 short films, four world premieres, one international premiere, 17 North American premieres and 17 American premieres, and features cinemas from countries such as France, Turkey, Colombia, Sweden. , Japan, Canada, India, Chile, and Egypt, representing all continents, including Antarctica. Nearly 50 titles will also be available virtually for home screenings via the Festival’s streaming platform to audiences in Illinois and six other states, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

The 57th Annual Chicago International Film Festival opens at the Music Box Theater with Wes anderson‘s FRENCH EXPEDITION, a love letter to journalists featuring a star cast, and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, the opening night of the Drive-In presentation at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, with a special virtual Q&A with the director Todd haynes. The closing night film is KING RICHARD, the inspiring journey of Richard williams (Will smith), a father determined to raise two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time – Venus and Serena williams. The centerpiece movie is GO! GO, a powerful and hopeful portrait of our time featuring Joaquin phoenix and led by Mike Mills. The Festival will also host the Chicago premieres of Denis Villeneuveis eagerly awaited DUNE; Pablo Larrainthe portrait of princess diana, SPENCER, featuring Kristen stewart; and visionary director Ridley scott‘s THE LAST DUEL, a gripping story of betrayal and revenge against the brutality of 14th century France. The complete schedule is available in digital version Holiday program.

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World premieres
The 57th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival presents the world premieres of four films including MAYOR PETE, Jesse moss“Look behind the scenes at the campaign of the first openly LGBTQ presidential candidate; Joe winston‘s PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON, telling the story of Chicago’s first black mayor; Chicagoan Holly morrisEXPOSURE, following 11 women from all Arab and Western countries trekking to the North Pole; and LOVE, CHARLIE: THE RISE AND DECLINATION OF CHIEF CHARLIE TROTTER, Rebecca halpernthe captivating and unvarnished portrait of the chef Charlie Trotteur. The Festival will host the international premiere of THE LAST EXECUTION, a white-handed political thriller based on the true story of Werner Teske of the director Franziska Stünkel. This year’s program will see the North American premieres of 17 feature films, and 17 other films will have their US premieres.

Honors and tributes
The Chicago International Film Festival has a proud tradition of honoring the most acclaimed filmmakers and actors of the year. The 57th edition adds to the rich tapestry of the Festival of Past Laureates, by awarding a tribute and a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Academy Award ©-nominated Sir Kenneth Branagh during a special presentation of his humorous, tender and deeply personal work BELFAST; and honor the actor-turned-director Rébecca Room with an artistic excellence award during a special presentation of his new film, WHO PASSED, the story of two childhood friends whose reunion threatens their carefully constructed realities.

Local stories in the spotlight
Showcasing the best and the brightest local productions, the 57th edition of the City & State program of the Chicago International Film Festival includes six feature films and eight short films. Featured by the world premieres of PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON and LOVE, CHARLIE: THE RISE AND DECLINATION OF CHIEF CHARLIE TROTTER, feature films include Isidore Bethel and Francois Leplayexploring the culture of same-sex relationships LOVE ACTS; Marguerite Byrne‘s ANY DAY, following a trio of participants in an established probation program for people with mental illness; the mavens of the documentary Gordon quinn and leslie simmer‘s FOR THE LEFT HAND; and BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, a retro thriller that brilliantly channels the director’s paranoid cinema of the 70s Jacob Gentry.

25th anniversary of Black Perspectives
Founded in collaboration with Spike lee to showcase the excellence and diversity of films by African Americans and the African diaspora around the world, this year Dark outlook program, celebrating its 25th anniversary, presents nine feature films and six short films, including the film Closing Night, KING RICHARD and a special presentation of WHO PASSED. Other features include Jaymes samuelWestern’s action-packed revenge THE MORE THEY FALL HARD; Mahmet Saleh Harounis a raw and honest celebration of the power of women working in solidarity LINGUI, THE SACRED LINKS; CITIZEN ASHE, the profile of a revolutionary tennis star and civil rights activist Arthur ashe co-directors Sam pollardand Rex Miller; and Francesco Zippel‘s OSCAR MICHEAUX – THE SUPER-HERO OF BLACK CINEMA; as well as the world premiere of PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON and the American premieres of THE LAST SHELTER of Ousmane Samassekou and Khadar Ahmed‘s THE WOMAN OF THE DITCH.

In its 25-year history, the Black Perspectives program premiered the acclaimed director’s debut. Ava Duvernay, and showcased the work of luminaries, including Lee daniels, George tillman, Maya angelou, Steve mcqueen, and Ousmane Sembene, and paid tribute to film artists, including Viola Davis, Whitaker Forest, and Sidney Poitier.

International competitions
The Chicago International Film Festival is the oldest competitive festival in North America, and in its 57th year, the tradition of presenting American audiences with bold and accomplished new films from around the world continues with a list of titles representative of their styles. countries, histories and cultures. Films compete for the Gold Hugo in the following categories: International Feature Films, New Directors, International Documentaries, Shorts and Outlook (LGBTQ +) Competitions.

Driving projections
Building on the success of last year’s Drive-In Screenings program, the 57th Chicago International Film Festival will feature titles at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, including a special opening night at the Drive-In event. Wednesday October 13, with a documentary THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, with a virtual Q&A with the director Todd haynes. Other Drive-In projections include THE MORE THEY FALL HARD; Michael pearcethe thriller MEET, with Oscar nominated actors Ahmed Rice and Octavia spencer; and a late-night presentation of an indie occult horror hit on coming-of-age CONTENT OF HELL.

Virtual screenings and programs
The Chicago International Film Festival is proud to offer virtually 50 titles to audiences in Illinois and six other Midwestern states, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin, via the Festival’s online streaming platform and the Festival’s apps for Roku and Apple TV. There is a charge for the virtual screenings and the streaming films will be available for viewing in the comfort of your own home from Thursday, October 14 at noon CT until Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Festival passes are on sale now, and individual tickets go on sale September 21 for Cinema / Chicago members and September 24 for the general public. Passes can be purchased at

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