The Chicago International Film Festival is in full swing, boasting 175 total films hailing from all corners of the globe. CIFF isn’t the most lauded fest in the country, but you can always depend on it to bring some of the most anticipated art-house films of the year in addition to a few forthcoming Hollywood options. There’s also always a good chance for adventurous viewers to discover something new. CIFF might not get all the “name” films the other festivals do—although such familiar names as Kiarostami, Reygadas, and Weerasethakul can be found on this year’s bill—but it’s often able to pick up the kind of films the other fests pass over.
Here are the films I’m most excited about.