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50 years of exciting, bold and daring new work from around the
globe. Since 1965, we've prided ourselves on championing movies from
the hottest young filmmakers to the most accomplished masters, from
star-studded spectacles to the latest indie gems.
Order your passes to
the 50th Chicago International Film Festival now, and see the best in
world cinema where it has the biggest impacton the big screen. Join us
for the most exhilarating and enduring film event in Chicago, because
everybody loves movies...
Ablations Director: Arnold de Parscau France
A pharmaceutical salesman wakes up one morning to discover
that one of his kidneys has been removed, and sets out on an unsettling
journey to piece together what happened. This atmospheric and absurdist
thriller combines the stylish strangeness of David Lynch with a Park
Chan-Wook-esque story of thwarted vengeance.
The Babadook Director: Jennifer Kent Australia
Sundance's horror-film breakout, The Babadook tells the story of a recently widowed single mother, who sees her already shattered world plunge deeper into madness
when a two-dimensional monster from a mysterious picture book comes to
life and terrorizes her and her unruly son. Jennifer Kent's self-assured
filmmaking debut is equal parts emotionally resonant and deeply
Black Coal, Thin Ice Director: Diao Yinan China, Hong Kong
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival's top prize, this stark and
wintry Chinese thriller has all the ingredients of a 1940s film noir: a
distraught ex-cop; a gruesome crime; and a mysterious femme fatale. More than pulp fiction, Black Coal, Thin Ice is a penetrating look into the dark heart of contemporary China.
Clouds of Sils Maria Director: Olivier Assayas Switzerland, Germany, France
Juliette Binoche stars in this mesmerizing
and superbly acted psychological drama about an older actress who
agrees to re-stage the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
From the acclaimed director of Summer Hours, this fascinating All About Eve update co-stars Kristen Stewart as the actress's faithful assistant and Kick-Ass's Chloë Grace Moretz as her beguiling young rival.
Dear White People Director: Justin Simien USA Dear White People follows the stories of four black
students at Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a
popular 'African American' themed party thrown by a white fraternity.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Director: Arild Fröhlich Norway
Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this loony children's adventure from best-selling author Jo Nesbø (The Snowman).
When two lonely kids team up with Dr. Proctor, an inventor of a
powerful (though non-smelling) fart powder, they must keep it from Mr.
Thrane, an evil rival who will stop at nothing to attain the potent gas.
Force Majeure Director: Ruben Östlund Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway
When an avalanche disrupts a Swedish family's peaceful ski
vacation in the French Alps, the effect is disastrousbut not in the ways
you'd expect. With black humor and a razor-sharp edge, this Cannes prizewinner taps into the catastrophic dysfunction festering within the seemingly perfect nuclear family.
A Girl at My Door Director: July Jung South Korea
Taking up post at a small seaside town, troubled policewoman
Lee Young-nam finds herself coming to the rescue of an abused local
girl. Forming a close and controversial relationship with her young
charge, Young-nam confronts a broader tapestry of social discrimination
and destruction. Starring electrifying Korean actresses Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas) and Kim Sae-ron.
Human Capital Director: Paolo Virzì Italy Amores Perros, Italian-style: This slick tripartite
drama recounts the same tragedy from three different character's
perspectives, each one disclosing new revelations. Accomplished director
Paolo Virzì combines excellent performances with an incisive critique
of Italy's culture of greed and the resulting low value put on human life.
Life After Death Director: Joe Callander USA, Rwanda
In this lucid critique of the complexities of international
charity, documentary filmmaker Joe Callander chronicles the troubled
life of Kwasa, a 20-something survivor of the brutal Rwandan genocide.
Charming and yet helplessly irresponsible, Kwasa relies almost entirely
on the generosity of two quirky Christian American couples. As wry and
idiosyncratic as its subjects, Life After Death creates a compelling and complex portrait of life in the shadow of tragedy.
The Midnight After Director: Fruit Chan Hong Kong
Seventeen strangers on a minibus are the only survivors of an apocalyptic
pandemic that erases all human life from the planet. Can they solve the
mystery of this global disappearance, or will their own malevolent
nature literally tear them apart? Genre maestro Fruit Chan directs this
comic-bloodbath and trenchant send-up of Hong Kong's post-colonial
National Gallery Director: Frederick Wiseman USA
For his latest institutional portrait, Frederick Wiseman
trains his ever-perceptive gaze on London's venerable National Gallery
museum. By showing us the breadth of the Gallery's audiencefrom
schoolchildren to elite donorsand its offerings, from high-profile
exhibitions, such as a major Leonardo da Vinci show, to the fascinating
process of painting restoration, Wiseman makes both an observational
argument for how an arts organization stays relevant and a loving celebration of the aesthetic experience.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director: Milos Forman USA
Celebrating its 1975 world premiere at the Festival, Milos Forman's darkly funny masterpiece
stars Jack Nicholson in one of his career-defining roles. Winner of
five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for
Nicholson), and Best Actress (for Louise Fletcher), the film will screen
in a newly restored version, honoring producer Saul Zaentz, with
surprise guests in attendance.
The Owners Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov Kazakhstan
In this bizarre, riotously funny
adventure set in the Wild Wild East of rural Afghanistan, three
orphaned siblings from the city try to reclaim their mother's home in a
far-flung village, only to encounter corruption, cruelty and lots of
singing and dancing at every turn. A lurid, shocking and sad vision of
injustice, The Owners is a complete original.
Paris of the North Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson Iceland
A genial schoolteacher's summer days are measured by long
runs, time with students, and AA meetings. However, his best-laid plans
for a quiet life are derailed by the arrival of his beer-guzzling
father. A droll and assured film about finding yourself, Paris of the North is grounded in the wry, patient rhythms of small-town life.
La Tirisia Director: Jorge Pérez Solano Mexico
Set amid the surrealist cacti-filled landscapes of Oaxaca, Mexico, this sensual
drama follows the interwoven stories of two women, made pregnant by the
same uncaring man. Driven by its beautiful cinematography and evocative
imagery, La Tirisia is both a melancholic portrait of rural Mexico and a poignant tale of feminine pain and triumph.
Two Days, One Night Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Belgium, France, Italy
French star Marion Cotillard teams up with virtuoso filmmakers
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for this powerful slice-of-life drama
about a factory worker who has 48 hours to save her job from being
downsized. Like their previous masterpieces Rosetta and The Son, the Dardennes combine the high stakes of everyday life with a deeply felt humanism.
The Way He Looks Director: Daniel Ribeiro Brazil
The most acclaimed LGBT film of the year, The Way He Looks
observes São Paulo teen Leonardo as he faces the challenges of
adolescenceand he also happens to be blind. With the arrival of a new
student, Leonardo feels an attraction
he doesn't need his eyes to confirm. A jubilant portrait of young gay
love, this remarkable debut film tenderly parses the confusing terrain
of growing up different in more ways than one.
Why Be Good? Director: William A. Seiter USA
Starring silent-screen siren Colleen Moorewho helped kick-start the 1st ever Chicago International Film Festivalthis delightful
jazz-age 1929 comedy was long thought lost. Recently discovered,
restored and now receiving its North America premiere, the film focuses
on Moore's Pert Kelly, a poor flapper girl with a bad reputation who
must prove to her wealthy beau that she's a virtuous woman.
We bring you the very best new short films, including
animation, documentary, drama, horror, experimental and everything in
between. You'll see exciting, award-winning shorts from the
international festival circuit and amazing homegrown talent. A great
place to spot the next big thing in independent filmmaking!
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Karma Pub in Mundelein will host Thirsty Trivia Thursdays featuring
the Chicago Trivia Guys beginning Sept. 4. Karma Pub is the more casual
sister restaurant to Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine, serving casual
American fare. Both restaurant menus are available at Karma Pub.
Trivia Guys Are Set to Baffle your Brains at Thirsty
Thursday Trivia at Karma Pub in Mundelein this September
Trivia fans in
Chicago's northern suburbs will now be able to test their knowledge of all
things insignificant on Thursday evenings as the Chicago Trivia Guys invade
Karma Pub in Mundelein. The fun begins on September 4 at 7 p.m., when Karma Pub
launches Thirsty Thursday Trivia, featuring team trivia competitions as only
Chicago Trivia Guys can do them. The fun begins Thursday, September 4 and will
continue every Thursday in September.
Karma Pub also is offering $5 Svedka Martini's throughout September.
Trivia Guys have earned quite a following throughout the area, and we know that
our guests will have a great time," said Karma Pub general manager Allan
Zinkann. "The trivia competitions are hilarious and only those with brains-and
a good sense of humor-come out on top. It's laugh out loud funny."
Karma Pub and
Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine, located adjacent to the DoubleTree Mundelein
Hotel (510 E. Route 83 at Route 45, Mundelein, IL) have earned quite a
following in Chicago's northern suburbs. Karma Pub offers sophisticated
versions of American pub fare, while Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine serves
delicious and beautiful contemporary Asian specialties.
Karma Pub was
launched as a casual sister to the beautiful Karma Asian Food & Wine, which
has been long acknowledged as one of the North Shore's most beautiful and
romantic restaurants. Karma Pub has a stylish pub atmosphere, with high-top
table seating and a menu of American favorites that everyone enjoys.
Guests at Karma
Pub have the option of ordering from either restaurant's menu, giving them a
wide range of foods and beverages from which to choose. All dishes are prepared
by the excellent culinary team led by Executive Chef Paul Choi.
Karma Pub's menu
features starters such as Crispy Wings, with choice of spicy chili-soy, buffalo
or Parmesan-basil sauce ($10); Karma Quesadillas with cheddar, Monterey Jack,
Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream and Guacamole ($7, with grilled chicken $10, with
grilled steak $12); "Diet" Fries topped with three- cheese fondue, tomato,
bacon, sour cream and scallions ($6); "Fruits of the Sea" featuring crispy
calamari, shrimp, lemon, parsley, garlic Parmesan and tomato-caper aioli ($12);
Coconut Shrimp with pineapple sweet & sour, cilantro, and coconut milk "pop
include Blackened Salmon Salad with seasonal greens, tomato, cucumber, croutons
and cheddar ($18); Classic Caesar Salad with romaine hearts, Parmesan, roasted
red peppers and garlic-pumpernickel croutons ($7, with grilled chicken $11,
with grilled steak $13); and the Wedge, a classic salad with iceberg lettuce,
tomato, bacon, cucumber, egg, scallion, and blue cheese dressing ($8).
burgers and sandwiches are large and delicious. Burgers are served on a fresh
pretzel bun with house-made potato chips or French fries. Among the special
burger creations are the Breakfast Burger featuring Applewood smoked bacon and
cheddar, topped with a sunny side up egg ($13); the BBQ Burger, made with tangy
BBQ sauce, cheddar, bacon and tobacco onions ($13); the Southwestern Burger
with pepper-jack cheese, crunchy tortilla, Pico de Gallo and chipotle aioli
selections include a Crispy Fish Sandwich made with Alaskan cod, bacon,
cheddar, and sour pickle aioli ($14); the Grilled Chicken Club with Swiss,
bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing ($10); and the Triple Decker Club, with
ham, turkey, salami, Swiss, bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted whole wheat
Chef Paul Choi's
entrées demonstrate that he is just as talented when cooking casual American
style as he is in preparing his delicious pan-Asian specialties served at Karma
Asian Food & Fine Wine.
Among the selections are Fish & Chips, crispy
battered Alaskan Cod, Fries and sour pickle aioli ($16); Grilled Salmon with
peas, carrots, bacon, mushroom, potato and chardonnay-pea emulsion ($21); Steak
Frites, skirt steak with tempura green beans and wasabi vinaigrette ($19);
Roasted Chicken with crispy cauliflower, raisons, cranberries, pine nuts and
lemon aioli ($19); and New York Strip Steak served with a wedge salad,
cucumber, bacon, blue cheese and buttermilk ($27).
beverage selection is wide ranging and prices are reasonable.There is a variety of craft beers, on tap and
by the bottle, as well as a fine selection of domestic favorites ($4.25-$6.25).
Signature cocktails include the Basil Grape, with Svedka vodka, fresh basil,
muddle grapes and a splash of ginger ale ($8); the Americano, with Campari,
sweet vermouth and soda ($7); the Sazerac with Templeton Rye, bitters and
simple syrup ($9); Planters Punch, with Rhum Clement VSOP, lime juice, simple
syrup and a dash of bitters ($11); and the Negroni, with Hendricks
Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth ($8).
There is also an
excellent wine list featuring many selections by the glass.
To receive more
information about Karma Pub, Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine, or Thirsty
Thursday Trivia, or to make reservations, please call (847) 970-6900 or visit
www.thekarmapub.com and www.karmachicago.com.