The 48th Chicago International Film Festival, the country's oldest competitive film festival, has announced its first round of movie titles that will be featured at this year's event.
The film festival, which takes place Oct 11-25 and is themed "A Year of Discovery," will feature more than 150 films from more than 50 countries.
"Our programmers have been working non-stop all year in search of the best films from around the world," said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival. "These first films are just a taste of the strong lineup we have this year which include award-winning films, quirky comedies, spine-tingling thrillers, eye-opening documentaries, emotionally charged dramas, and innovative shorts.
"The lineup includes brilliant new work from such Festival alumni as Iran's Abbas Kiarostami, Italy's Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, France's Leos Carax, Denmark's Bille August and Romania's Cristian Mungiu, along with exciting debuts from young filmmakers from around the world," added Mimi Plauché, Programming Director for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.
To date, the films that will be featured include:
As Goes Janesville (Director: Brad Lichtenstein; USA)
Benji (Director: Coodie & Chike; USA)
Beyond The Hills (Director: Cristian Mungiu; Romania)
The Cleaner (Director: Adrian Saba; Peru)
Caesar Must Die (Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani; Italy)
Coming of Age (Director: Sabine Hiebler & Gerhart Ertl; Austria)
Consuming Spirits (Director: Chris Sullivan; USA)
Don't Click (Director: Kim Tae-Kyeong; South Korea)
Holy Motors (Director: Leos Carax; France/Germany)
In Their Skin (Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal; Canada)
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (Director: Chris James Thompson; USA)
Keep the Lights On (Director: Ira Sachs; USA)
Like Someone In Love (Director: Abbas Kiarostami; France/Japan)
Marie Krøyer (Director: Bille August; Denmark)
A Modest Reception (Director: Mani Haghighi; Iran)
Out in the Dark (Director: Michael Mayer; Israel/USA)
The Scapegoat (Director: Charles Sturridge; UK)
The Sessions (Director: Ben Lewin; USA)
Shameless (Director: Filip Marczewsk; Poland)
Tey (Director: Alain Gomis; Senegal)
Valley of Saints (Director: Musa Syeed; India/USA)
Short films: "Paraiso," in which three Chicago window cleaners wax philosophical as they work on a high-rise; the animated "Oh Willy," in which the hero returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth; and "Yardbird," in which a young girl uses special powers against bullies.
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