June 6-July 2 at the Gene Siskel Film Center,Chicago
First Chicago run! Blind (June 5-11)—called “a sparkling directorial debut” (Scott Foundas, Variety) for acclaimed screenwriter Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31)—centers on Ingrid who recently lost her sight and retreats to her home where she is soon engulfed in repressed fears and fantasies that take over her imagination. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blind
Woman in Gold (June 5-11) stars Helen Mirren in a masterful performance as the tart and principled Maria Altmann, an Austrian-Jewish émigré seeking restitution of Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a painting of Maria’s beloved aunt that was stolen by the Nazis and now valued at over $100 million. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/womaningold
New archival 35mm print! Rebels of the Neon God (June 6-10) contains two stories of troubled Taipei youth that collide, revealing how urban life creates sentiments of alienation and dissatisfaction. Note: an imported 35mm archival print will be shown on Sunday, June 7. All other screenings will be in the newly restored DCP digital version. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/rebelsoftheneongod
Chicago premiere! Madame Bovary (June 12-18) stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Rhys Ifans, and is the first adaptation of Flaubert’s classic directed by a woman (Sophie Barthes). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/madamebovary
Chicago premiere! Little England (June 12-18) by Greek auteur Pantelis Voulgaris masterfully evokes the passions of a seafaring society where women can wait a lifetime for men who may never return. Greece’s 2015 Oscar submission, this period drama-romance centers on two island-dwelling sisters who are both in love with the same man and the tumultuous relationship they have with their rigid mother. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/littleengland
The Salt of the Earth (June 12-18) is an Oscar-nominated documentary which follows Brazilian photographer Sebastão Salgado—known for his human rights and environmental photography—who shares the shocking stories behind his work. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/thesaltoftheearth
Chicago premiere! Filled with imagery of vast Patagonian landscapes, 19th-century drama Jauja (June 13-16) by avant-garde director Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool) finds a Danish engineer (Viggo Mortensen, also the film’s producer and composer) taking a job in Argentina, bringing along his 15 year-old daughter who causes a stir. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/jauja
Chicago premiere! The Face of an Angel (June 19-25)—the newest film from Michael Winterbottom starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, and Cara Delevingne—is a psychological thriller based on the true story of the notorious murder trial murder trial of Amanda Knox. Winterbottom employs his signature talent for evoking the haunting allure of Italian locations in this labyrinthine story centering on filmmaker Thomas Lang (Brühl) who disdains the trial’s heated media frenzy. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/thefaceofanangel
Dior and I (June 19-25) looks at the transition and takeover of the legendary fashion house by Belgian minimalist Raf Simons in the wake of scandal and the intimidation Simons—new to world of haute couture—faces as he has only eight weeks to create his debut collection. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/diorandi
Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chlöe Grace Moretz portray the trio of stars sparking off one another in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (June 19-25), a look at the rarefied world of stardom and how 40-year-old Maria (Binoche) in particular must confront the ascendancy of youth. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/cloudsofsilsmaria
Chicago premiere! Al Pacino and Holly Hunter star in Manglehorn (June 26-July 2) in which protagonist A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) displays a devastating mixture of charisma and insensitivity as a widowed Texas locksmith who keeps people at a distance while living in the past. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/manglehorn
Chicago premiere! Directed by Alan Rickman, bodice-ripper period drama A Little Chaos (June 26-July 2) concerns Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet), the unorthodox gardener hired by landscape architect and soon-to-be lover André Le Norte (Matthias Schoenaerts) to serve Louis XIV (Rickman) whose court is filled with plenty of intrigue, unbidden romance, and 17th-century sexism. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/alittlechaos
Presented in partnership with UniFrance Films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Young French Cinema (June 6-July 2) is a series of eight films showcasing the next wave in French cinema, proving that no other national cinema has highlighted youth so centrally and consistently, dating back to the time of the French New Wave, when François Truffaut’s 1959 debut The 400 Blows focused attention on a celebrated movement that saw 97 new directors make their first films within a three-year period. On average, 35-40% of the yearly total of French films are made by first-timers. As film historian Tim Palmer has written, “This systematic emphasis upon young cinema makes France unique.” As proclaimed by celebrated French film journal Cahiers du cinema in the April 2013 issue, “young French cineastes are not dead,” profiling new generation French filmmakers like Sébastian Betbeder, Guillaume Brac (Tonnere), Yann Gonzalez, Antonin Peretjatko (The Rendez-vous of Déjà Vu), Justine Triet (Age of Panic), and Rebecca Zlotowksi (Grand Central). In addition to the those titles and directors mentioned, the work of the following are also showcased in the series: Lionel Baier (Longwave), Axelle Ropert (Miss and the Doctors), Isabelle Czajka (Domestic Life), plus the series highlight featuring Q&A and Movie Club appearances by star/director Sophie Letourneur (Macaroni and Cheese). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/youngfrenchcinema
Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and the Czech Center in New York, Czech That Film (June 7-30) features premieres of four provocative and prize-winning fresh films from the Czech Republic: Jan Hrebejk’s The Icing, Andrea Sedlácková’s Fair Play, Ondrej Sokol’s Krásno, and an appearance by star-turned-director Jirí Mádl with To See the Sea. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/czechthatfilm
Special events/limited engagements
Russian futuristic horror film Hard to Be a God (June 5, 6, and 8) is a plunge into a fetid world of medieval horror on a distant planet 800 years into the future. An earthling scientist sent to observe the backward alien civilization becomes worshipped as a god, as a brutally depraved society driven by animal impulses revels in the copious mud and excrement of its own ignorance as portrayed in its big-screen grotesqueness by the late dissident cult director Aleksey German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/hardtobeagod
Every Last Child (June 12 and 15) examines the anti-vaccine controversy in Pakistan. With anti-vaxxers in the form of Taliban extremists gunning down over 60 health care workers, mostly women inoculating children against polio, this gripping documentary has all the characteristics of a high-stakes drama, as health officials in the last nation on the earth where polio runs rampant brainstorm a campaign that will counter the ignorance and lies surrounding the vaccine. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/everylastchild
Neighborhood Night (June 15) features Madame Bovary, Every Last Child, The Salt of the Earth, and Jauja, with member admission of $6 for all patrons and complimentary reception for all ticketholders, courtesy of Mariano’s. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/neighborhood_night
New 35mm print! Max Ophüls’ long-unseen From Mayerling to Sarajevo (June 19, 20, 25) is the story of Austrian Archduke Franz-Ferdinand’s love for a Czech nationalist, how it’s adamantly opposed by his father, and whose assassination will trigger World War I. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/mayerlingtosarajevo
Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club (June 26) looks at new French comedy Macaroni and Cheese, with star/director Sophie Letourneur in person for a discussion at Virgin Hotels Chicago (203 N. Wabash Ave.) following the screening at the GSFC. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/movie_club
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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/ticketsor through the individual films’ weblinks on www.siskelfilmcenter.org. There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.
Young French Cinema Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price ($11/general admission; $7/students; $6/Film Center members) for the first Young French Cinema film on any Saturday in June, and get a ticket for the second Young French Cinema film that day at the discounted rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only.)
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Honoring Mark Ruffalo with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award
Saturday, June 6, 2015