I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year. The leaves are falling, you can order pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and it’s time for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival! With more than 180 films from around the globe, you’re bound to find something that’s just for you. The schedule is out so you can take few hours to digest it and pick 3 or 30 to see. Otherwise, you can trust my judgement which has proven to be a very good one in the past and select some of the ones listed below.
Below you will find some of the categories along with films chose from there. Once you’re done, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip around the world and back!
Love and comedy find a house inside Don’t Go Breaking My Heart when charming Zixin finds herself in a love triangle with two men that are as handsome as they are different. Camille and Sullivan are head over heels, but his longing for independence and her need for security drive a deep wedge between them, and they part ways. Six years later, they meet in Goodbye First Love. If you want more drama then your bets are good with Joint Body, a Noir type film about with paranoia, mystery and femme fatale. Check out Woman in the Fifth if you’re a fan of Ethan Hawke and want to watch a man trying to reconnect with his daughter while his ex0wife has a restraining order against him and meets a mysterious woman that takes him down a path that’s more fiction than fact.
There is no shortage of great American films this year at the Fest and it will be challenging to pick ones to go see. You can start by looking into the ones that will make you laugh like Jeff, Who Lives at Home. In We Need to Talk About Kevin, Chicago’s own, John C. Reilly takes us masterful psychological thriller and a
provocative tale, which crescendos to a chilling, unforgettable climax. We Need is directed by Lynne Ramsay based on the best selling novel by Lionel Shriver. Just watching the trailer will get your heart pumping. Two American movies revolving around Doctors are A Dangerous Method and The Good Doctor. Method is about Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) taking the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina’s spell. In The Good Doctor Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) strives to be a “good doctor”. Willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, he has the perfect opportunity to further his ambition when a young beautiful patient is assigned to his care. When the determined doctor unexpectedly falls prey to the seductive charms of his ward, he must choose between hypocrisy and the Hypocratic Oath.
Women directors had always had a special place in cinema so this is a very exciting category to check out. Land of Oblivion is about April 26, 1986 and how it began just like any other day. A couple celebrates their marriage, oblivious to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that is irrevocably changing their lives. What follows is a lyrical, pathos-filled portrait of the next ten years of those powerless to separate themselves from the town and its defining tragedy. They say behind every great man is a woman. Well, Carolyn Cassady was the great woman behind not one but two of the Beat Generation’s greatest men: Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac. Love Always, Carolyn is an endearing portrait celebrates the wit, beauty, grace, and normalcy of an overlooked figure from one of American literature’s most popular moments. The Kid Who Lies is about a touching mix of road movie and coming-of-age story, a 13-year-old boy takes to the roads of Venezuela alone in search of the mother he never knew. What is happiness? How do we grasp it? Six characters fumble desperately as their lives intersect over the course of one day and night in Brussels’ luxurious Hotel Swooni.
Spanning a full decade and two continents, we follow their relationship through four distinct seasons, each representing a different stage in their lives. It also
wouldn’t be called Bollywood without the extravagant musical numbers. Sacrifice examines what are the limits of loyalty, family, and justice. Driven by jealousy and power, General Tu-Angu frames an entire clan for the murder of their king and wipes out all 300 members. All but one. Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman is a Japanese movie about a retired Japanese businessman who is diagnosed with incurable cancer. He reacts to the news with the same pragmatic approach that made him a successful salesman. In her directorial debut, Mami Sunada combines non-fiction film form with the growing trend of “end of life journals” among the elderly in Japan. By channeling her thoughts and feelings through her father’s “ending note”, Sunada abstracts the weight of a life and the pain of loss into a surprisingly hopeful and life-affirming message. Finally, Coriolnaus tackles a revered and feared Roman General, is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’ anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius to take his revenge on the city
Now go forth and have a happy movie viewing!