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Chicago International Film Festival

* = recommended Friday October 13 *Yaaba Idrissa Ouedraogo’s first feature film, The Choice, chronicling the long trek of a family forced by drought to leave their home, was a film about displacement. His second, Yaaba, on the other hand, is about having a place in the world. A young boy and girl, playing on […]

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Week One of the 24th Chicago International Film Festival: A Day-by-Day Guide

Monday October 24 Burning Secret The first feature film of Andrew Birkin (the brother of Jane Birkin), who worked on the script for The Name of the Rose and costarred with his sister (playing her husband) in Jacques Doillon’s La pirate. Set in Austria shortly after World War I, and filmed largely in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia, […]

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The Season of Men

Fans of Tunisian writer-director Moufida Tlati’s compelling debut, The Silences of the Palace, will find her second feature, The Season of Men, something of a disappointment. The first brilliantly merged the personal and the political as it told the story of a rebellious servant girl finding her voice at the dawn of Tunisia’s independence. The […]

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Yana’s Friends

Written and directed by Arik Kaplun, a Russian émigré to Israel, this overly contrived and broadly comic 1999 feature focuses on a group of immigrants in a Tel Aviv neighborhood during the gulf war. Kaplun’s wife, Evlyn, plays the title character, left pregnant and in debt when her husband absconds to Russia with their immigration […]

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One Week

Columbia College graduates Carl Seaton and Kenny Young scripted this intense and intelligent drama about responsibility and relationships. A young man (Young) preparing for his wedding learns from the partner-notification program of a local health clinic that his former lover is HIV-positive. As he waits for the results of his own test, he debates how […]