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The Reader’s Guide to the 41st International Film Festival

Film Capital of the Week Being a second rate movie town has its advantages. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Heaven knows what possessed the Chicago International Film Festival to adopt “Film capital of the world” as its slogan this year, but considering some of the movies that played in New York and Los Angeles recently and never […]

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Anna’s Summer

This seems to be a time for radiant over-50 women coping with loss, cf Charlotte Rampling in Under the Sand. In Jeanine Meerapfel’s latest film, Anna’s Summer, Anna (Angela Molina) returns to her family’s Greek-island home after the death of her husband. As the sole survivor of the family and thus the sole repository of […]

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Chicago International Film Festival

Friday, October 10 Private Confessions Private Confessions was scripted by the retired Ingmar Bergman, who seems to delight in having other filmmakers expand on his parents’ private lives. Pernilla August and Samuel Froler reprise the roles of Anna and Henrik Bergman they played in Bille August’s 1989 The Best Intentions, with Bergman standby Max von […]

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More Movies: The final days of the 24th Chicago International Film Festival

The 24th Chicago International Film Festival, now into its final days, still has some 40-odd programs to go, reviews and descriptions of which can be found below. A few specifics: Screenings are at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln; the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport; and Ida Noyes Hall 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, […]