Thursday, April 27, 2017
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC) SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, MAY 5-JUNE 1, 2017 (Chicago,IL.)
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC)
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, MAY 5-JUNE 1, 2017
Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute, The Essential Lina Wertmüller (May 5-June 1) is a series of seven key films celebrating a director whose controversial vision of the social order and gender relations has been expressed through comedies, opening with Oscar-nominated Seven Beauties and including a new digital restoration of Swept Away and a portrait of Wertmüller’s career in the documentary Behind the White Glasses. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/wertmuller
Presented in partnership with UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Young French Cinema (May 13-31) showcases six premieres by emerging filmmakers, including the Guyana-set anarchic comedy Struggle for Life and the youth-oriented documentary Swagger. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/youngfrenchcinema2017
Spring film/lecture series New Sensory Cinema, which explores films in which the body acts as a territory of desire, a vessel of transformation, a site of return, and a mode of resistance to cinematic capture, concludes May 9. Remaining films in the series are Kelly Reichardt’s River of Grass and Innocence starring Marion Cotillard. Stay tuned for fall film/lecture series Making ‘Em Move: A History of Animation (beginning September 1) that explores the modern era of animation. Sponsored by HBO. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/newsensorycinema
Chicago premiere! Risk (May 5-11), the newest documentary by Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras, is a prickly, revealing portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In trademark Poitras style, the filmmaker gains complete, trusted access to the workings of Assange’s world. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/risk
First Chicago run! Finding Oscar (May 5-18), directed by Ryan Suffern and executive-produced by Stephen Spielberg, is a moving documentary concerning a Guatemalan military unit that decimated a village except for two small boys who were taken home by soldiers; one is located but the search for the other, Oscar, ensues. Note: contains images and testimony that may be disturbing. Director Ryan Suffern will be present for audience discussion at the Friday, May 5, 8:15 pm screening. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/findingoscar
Chicago premiere! Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (May 12-18) is an invigorating documentary about author and activist Jane Jacobs who challenged urban-planning orthodoxies based on “slum” clearance, high-rise projects, and expressways. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/citizenjane
Chicago premiere! Burden (May 12-18) is an in-depth documentary about the intense, philosophical, and controversial artist Chris Burden whose “danger art” labeled him “the Evel Knievel of the Art World.” http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/burden
First Chicago run! Bang: The Bert Berns Story (May 19-25) is a fast-moving documentary about a neglected giant of American music credited for such hits as “Twist and Shout” and “Under the Boardwalk.” http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/bertberns
First Chicago run! Paolo Virzì’s Like Crazy (May 19-25) brings a Thelma & Louise spin to this zany, bittersweet tale of wackily haughty Beatrice, confined to an asylum from which she escapes with young suicide-survivor Donatella. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/likecrazy
Kedi (May 19-25) is a loving portrait of the cherished street cats in the atmospheric city of Istanbul—purring mascots that have roamed the ancient capital for millennia, protected, admired, and honored for their beauty and their skills as mousers. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kedi
Chicago premiere! The powerfully emotional vision of life balanced on the knife-edge of tragedy in Heal the Living (May 26-June 1), based on Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed novel, concerns a teenager who lies brain-dead and a young doctor who must lead the boy’s grief-stricken estranged parents to the next step. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/healtheliving
First Chicago run! Afterimage (May 26-June 1) is the last film of Poland’s greatest director Andrzej Wajda, dramatizing the life of modernist painter Władysław Strzemiński, beginning in 1949 when the red shadow of Stalinism was engulfing the country. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/afterimage
First Chicago run! Audience Award winner of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival, Truman (May 26-June 1) stars noted Argentinian actor Ricardo Darín as Julián, a onetime movie star who decides to stop his cancer treatments and face death squarely, as well as attend to some unfinished business, including a final visit with his lifelong friend and finding a home for is dog, Truman. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/truman
New 4K restoration! Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (May 12, 14) features Taipei’s booming economy as the backdrop to a story in which upward mobility leads to a sense of rootlessness for young marrieds Chin and Lung. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/taipeistory
Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club (May 18) will examine Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (see description above) with a discussion led by Janet Smith, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs. Sponsored by HBO. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/movieclub
Chicago premiere! Heather Booth: Changing the World (May 19, 20) is a documentary tracing the ongoing legacy of activist and community organizer Heather Booth who will appear at both screenings with director Lilly Rivlin. Following the Friday, May 19, 7:45 pm screening, Booth and Rivlin will be present for audience discussion. U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutiérrez are scheduled to join them. Following the Saturday, May 20, 7:30 pm screening, Booth and Rivlin will be present for audience discussion. Former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Jacky Grimshaw and Former Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer are scheduled to join them. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/heatherbooth
Chicago premiere! The Animation Show of Shows (May 26, 27) features 17 shorts, including Pearl by Patrick Osborne, Oscar-winner of Disney’s Feast; Pixar short Piper which appeared in front of Finding Dory; new Disney short Inner Workings which appeared in front of Moana; and Mirror, produced for The New Yorker, designed by Chicago artist Chris Ware, and narrated by Ira Glass and Hannah Rosin. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/animationshow2017
Chicago premiere! Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (May 26, 28, 30) is a revelatory slice of Hollywood history referring to married couple Harold and Lillian Michelson who enjoyed extremely productive below-the-line careers in Tinseltown—Lillian as a top researcher, Harold as a story board artist responsible for some of the movies’ most iconic images, such as The Ten Commandments, The Birds, and The Graduate. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/haroldandlillian
National Theatre Live presents Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (May 28), Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Note that tickets to National Theatre Live are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members and students. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/rosencrantz
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On Saturday, May 13, the Gene Siskel Film Center will honor the legendary, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey in conversation with Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven at its Annual Gala, Kevin Spacey: Renaissance Man, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. Tickets start at $500—call 312-846-2072 to purchase and for information. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gala2017
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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. Friday 2:00 pm matinee tickets are $8/general admission and $5/Film Center members 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/tickets or through the individual films’ weblinks or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.
Saturday Double Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular prices for the first Lina Wertmüller film on any Saturday in May, and get a ticket for the second Lina Wertmüller 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. Discount available in person at the box office only.)
Admission to May 28’s National Theatre Live’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is $14/general admission and $8/students and Film Center members.
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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/membership.
Discounted parking is available for $18 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 100 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons and LeRoy Neiman. www.saic.edu