Monday, April 02, 2012

Chicago International Film Festival April 2012: Kelsey Grammer, OPTIMUS, free screenings, and more!


Honoree Kelsey Grammer


Beyond the Film Festival, for 47 years we have been honoring the best of television productions and commercials at our annual TV Festival – The Hugo Television Awards. The worldwide competition culminates in an Awards Night Gala (April 19, 2012 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago) that showcases the winning works and honors select people and companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium. This year, we are proud to present Kelsey Grammer with a Career Achievement Award and Chicago-based OPTIMUS with a Commitment to Excellence Award for their incredible commercial work. For event details and to purchase ticket, click here

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Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm
AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

Based on an inspiring true story, INTOUCHABLES tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between two men. Against the advice of his friends, wealthy quadriplegic Philippe hires ex-con Driss to be his caregiver. The relationship that develops heals each man in extraordinary ways as Philippe learns to live outside the confines of his wheelchair and Driss learns to live outside the confines of his past. Nominated for 11 Cesar Awards in 2012 (with Omar Sy's Driss winning a Best Actor award), INTOUCHABLES is a touching, hilarious story about second chances.

To view the film's trailer, click here

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  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
AMC 600 N. Michigan 9 (entrance at Rush & Ohio)

For a disparate group of English pensioners (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup), retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for "the elderly and beautiful" in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young manager Sonny (Dev Patel), and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

To view the film's trailer, click here

Become a Member: SEE IT FIRST!
To enjoy films like INTOUCHABLES and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, become a member of Cinema/Chicago! For information on membership, click here
. We would like to welcome our new members for March:
Judith Adler, Edward and Kathleen Halloran, Seth Unger, Kathryn Widitz.
And a hearty 'Welcome Back' to our renewed members for March:
Karen Callaway, Conor Gee, Krystyna Kiel and Alexander Templeton, Blythe Lopez, Donald + Lori Lennon Lynch, Henry and Carol Morris, Colleen Mulligan, Marsha Nathan, William Percival, Lindsey Pruett-Smith, Brian Shields, Tomi Shogbamimu.

  2012 International Screenings Program
April 11 – September 29
Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.
Free and open to the public.
FREE FILMS: AROUND THE WORLD IN 22 WEEKS! Together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and our consular and cultural partners, the International Screenings Program is a free weekly film series that showcases 22 films spotlighting a different national cinema every Wednesday evening and select Saturday afternoons at the Chicago Cultural Center. Read more...

For a complete schedule, click here

  The Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular – Call for Entries Deadline and Event Ticket Information!
Pay homage to your favorite film or scene from a film by recreating 60 seconds or less. Capture the work of Scorsese, Spielberg, Fincher or that French filmmaker none of your friends have ever heard about.

Officially-selected films will premiere at the Junior Board's Spring Fundraiser on Monday, April 30 at Vertigo Sky Lounge - where the audience decides who re-did it best. The winning film will be screened at Junior Board Night at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival. Submissions are must be received by April 13!

For information about how to submit your film for FREE, and for tickets to the event, click here
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Our youth film festival, CineYouth is still accepting short film submissions from students 21 years old or younger! Film submissions must be postmarked by April 12, 2012. 100 Officially Selected films will screen at the 8th annual CineYouth, held May 31 – June 2 at Columbia College Chicago. For additional CineYouth information, including how to submit your film, click here

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The 48th Chicago International Film Festival is now accepting entries. Click here
for more details and to submit your film today. Deadline: June 22.

  JUAN OF THE DEAD opening at select theaters!
JUAN OF THE DEAD (Dir. Alejandro Brugues), which screened at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival, will be opening for a full length engagement at the Wilmette Theatre (1122 Central Ave, Wilmette) and the AMC Showplace Cicero 14 (4779 W. Cermak, Cicero). This Cuban zombie film is a perfectly pitched blend of horror and laughs. For showtimes, click here

  Spring Special!
Snag one of our iconic Festival posters and enjoy 15% throughout the month of April. Select posters, including memorable designs by Saul Bass and rare prints of our earlier Festival promotions are a perfect gift for any film lover. No code necessary, prices reduced as marked.

To view our poster selection, click here
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