Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June 1-July 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL. )

 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC)
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, JUNE 1-JULY 5, 2018

June highlights: Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al-Mansour; Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, a portrait of the Dutch designer whose projects include Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden and Manhattan’s High Line; the return of Loving Vincent; Jean-Michel Basquiat doc Boom for Real; Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami; and such restorations and revivals as animations by the Czech Jiří Trnka; long available films by Swish director Alain Tanner in 35mm; post-war pop musicals of Umetsugu Inoue; restorations of Bill Gunn’s Ganja & Hess and Personal Problems; two by Henri-Georges Clouzot,
and No Wave cult masterpiece Liquid Sky

Tuesday, June 26, 6:00 pm screening of
The Rider to feature open-captioned dialogue

Series
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents in partnership with Swiss Films Rediscovering Alain Tanner (June 1-28), a series of seven long-unavailable films by the acclaimed Swiss director whose work combines politics and rich characterizations. Featured will be Charles, Dead or Alive (June 1, 2), Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000 (June 2, 7), Light Years Away (June 9, 12), La salamandre (June 9, 14), Messidor (June 16, 21), The Middle of the World (June 16, 19), and In the White City (June 23, 28). All films will be presented in 35mm. Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Tanner film on any applicable Saturday in June and get a ticket for the second Tanner 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.) http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/tanner

Umetsugu Inoue: Japan’s Music Man (June 1-July 3) is a series of four films by the Japanese filmmaker who was especially known for musicals that colorfully evoke the brash spirit of Japan’s post-war pop culture. Three of the four films feature Yujiro Ishihara, a young actor/singer who has been called “the Japanese Elvis” for his smoldering, swaggering persona. Films featured will be The Stormy Man (June 1, 5), The Eagle and the Hawk (June 8, 9), The Winner (June 15, 17), and The Green Music Box (June 29, July 3—presented in 35mm). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/inoue

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents The Puppet Master: The Complete Jiří Trnka (June 3-July 4), the Comeback Company’s touring program of the first complete American retrospective of the Czech animation master Jiří Trnka. Showcased will be The Czech Year (June 3, 6—presented in a new DCP digital restoration), Trnka Shorts Program I, 1945-49 (June 3, 4), The Emperor’s Nightingale (June 10, 13—presented in 35mm), Trnka Shorts Program II, 1949-53 (June 10, 11), Bayaya (June 17, 20), Old Czech Legends (June 17, 18—presented in a new DCP digital restoration), Trnka Shorts Program III, 1954-60 (June 24, 25—some titles presented in 35mm), The Good Soldier Švejk (June 24, 27), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 1, 4—presented in 35mm), and Trnka Shorts Program IV, 1962-65 (July 1, 2).
Sunday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Trnka film on any applicable Sunday in June-early July and get a ticket for the second Trnka 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.) http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/trnka

Runs
Chicago premiere! When her American English teacher disappears, an infatuated Tokyo office worker follows his trail to Southern California in the cross-cultural comedy Oh Lucy! (June 1-7). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ohlucy

Chicago premiere! Starring Elle Fanning, Mary Shelley (June 1-7) is the fictionalized account of three pivotal years in the life of Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, presented with a bold feminist slant by director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/maryshelley

In You Were Never Really Here (June 1-7), traumatized veteran Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a rough-edged soul who makes a cash-only living at the kind of odd jobs that involve killing people and is commissioned to rescue the kidnapped pre-teen daughter of a state senator, who is said to be held by a sex-trafficking ring. Note: Contains extreme violence. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/neverreallyhere

Chicago premiere! Director Pablo Solarz in person! The Last Suit (June 8-14) is a story that has its roots in the Holocaust that comes satisfyingly full circle as 88-year-old Argentinian Abraham Bursztein takes off on his final odyssey to keep a long-ago promise. Director Pablo Solarz will be present for audience discussion after the Friday June 8, 8:00 pm and Saturday, June 9, 7:45 pm screenings. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/lastsuit

Chicago premiere! Sweet Country (June 8-14): Based on real events of the 1920s, indigenous director Warwick Thornton uses the story of an Aboriginal farmer who kills a white man in self-defense to draw a non-simplistic but damning spectrum of a racist society. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/sweetcountry

Chicago premiere! The Doctor from India (June 8-14) is a documentary that traces Dr. Vasant Lad’s path from childhood to a decades-long practice of Ayurveda—the sister science of yoga—based on his discerning ability to address the co-mingled ills of body and spirit through the combined tools of east and west. Interviews include Deepak Chopra. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/doctorfromindia

Back by popular demand! Consuming seven years of labor and billed as the world's first fully oil-painted feature film, Loving Vincent (June 8-13) is a compelling, thoroughly researched dramatization of Van Gogh's life. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/lovingvincent

Chicago premiere! Director Thomas Piper in person! In Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (June 15-21), five seasons in the gardens and career of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf are traced in this lush documentary that blooms with details of Oudolf’s high-profile projects including the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park and the High Line in Manhattan. Appearing for audience discussion will be the documentary’s director Thomas Piper, facilitated by Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden, Friday, June 15, following the 7:45 pm screening (also a Movie Club event—see “Special events” below). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/fiveseasons

Chicago premiere! In Rodin (June 15-21), actor Vincent Lindon brings gravelly-voiced gravity to the role of Auguste Rodin in a film that focuses on the artist’s conflicted long-term amorous relationship with promising protégé Camille Claudel. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/rodin

In Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (June 15-21) directed by Sophie Fiennes, scenes of Jones visiting her family in Jamaica are interwoven with footage of her recording, relaxing, negotiating, battling with producers and hotel managers, and performing electrifying live numbers in this all-access documentary portrait. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gracejones

Chicago premiere! In Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (June 22-28), director Sara Driver captures the wild, raw spirit of Jean-Michel Basquiat through the memories of friends who knew him as the eccentric homeless teenager struggling alongside them on the desolate streets of lower Manhattan in the late-1970s. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/boomforreal

First Chicago run! Raoul Peck’s latest film, The Young Karl Marx (June 22-28) is a passion project many years in gestation, taking on one of the most influential figures in modern history and finding the sweet spot between a compelling biopic and a substantial treatment of Marx’s thought. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/youngkarlmarx

In The Rider (June 22-28), Brady Jandreau stars as a lightly fictionalized version of himself: a 22-year-old Lakota Sioux rodeo performer who has been sidelined by a serious head injury that makes further competition in the arena potentially life-threatening. The Tuesday, June 26, 6:00 pm screening will be open-captioned. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/therider

Chicago premiere! Larger than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (June 29-July 5) is a documentary portrait of the iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, exploring the triumph of his meteoric career and the tragedy of his untimely death. Director Tiffany Bartok brings warmth to this story told in part by the supermodels and stars who knew him, including Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini, and Cindy Crawford. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kevyn

New 4K restoration! Liquid Sky (June 29-July 5) brings together No Wave subculture and science-fiction gimmickry as it centers on Margaret, a model who is witness to a wide variety of perverse and degrading acts. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/liquidsky

Chicago premiere! The hard-hitting neo-noir Angels Wear White (June 29-July 5) rips the lid off a seething cesspool of systemic corruption in a Chinese resort town after a motel maid spies on a local official who checks in with two inebriated 12-year-old schoolgirls in tow. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/angelswearwhite

Special events
Gene Siskel Film Center Annual Gala (June 7): Ethan Hawke: Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Honoree features an intimate conversation with fellow actor/director Vincent D’Onofrio at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St. Tickets start at $500 and tables start at $10,000 and must be purchased in advance by calling 312-846-2072. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gala2018

Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club kicks off the June 15-21 run of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf as it examines the documentary about the Dutch garden designer. Appearing for audience discussion will be the documentary’s director Thomas Piper, facilitated by Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden, following the Friday, June 15, 7:45 pm screening. Each ticket-holder attending the post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/movieclub

National Theatre Live’s Macbeth (June 16) is considered to be Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris and starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. National Theatre Live tickets are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members and students. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ntl-macbeth

Chicago premiere! Isabelle Huppert stars in Serge Bozon’s Mrs. Hyde (June 22, 23, 26) in which a massive jolt of lab-enhanced lightning unleashes a meek high school science teacher’s dormant Mrs. Hyde—a glowing, instant-justice-dispensing wraith by night; a newly confident, innovative teacher by day. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/mrshyde

Two by Bill Gunn: New 4K restoration of Ganja and Hess + Chicago premiere and new restoration of Personal Problems! In Ganja and Hess (June 22, 26), elegant anthropology professor Dr. Hess Green is infected with a blood-hunger curse through an ancient African dagger in Gunn’s cult classic, considered a milestone of both the blaxploitation and vampire genres. Conceived as an “experimental soap opera,” Gunn and Ishmael Reed’s Personal Problems (June 30, July 3) is a rich mosaic of African American life in New York, now restored and available for the first time in nearly 40 years. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gunn

Two by Clouzot: New 4K restorations of Le Corbeau and Quai des Orfèvres! In Le Corbeau (June 29-July 4), a country town is disrupted by a series of poison-pen letters signed by “The Raven,” which expose the dirty secrets of the town’s most respected citizens in this milestone of French noir. When a lecherous producer is bludgeoned to death with a champagne bottle in Quai des Orfèvres (June 29-July 5), a rumpled police detective from the Quai des Orfèvres (the Paris equivalent of Scotland Yard) is assigned to the case. Two-Film Discount! Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either Le Corbeau or Quai des Orfèvres, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.) http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/clouzot

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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/tickets or 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 Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.

NOTE THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL TICKET PRICES:
Alain Tanner (June 1-28) Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Tanner film on any applicable Saturday in June and get a ticket for the second Tanner 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.) http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/tanner

Jiří Trnka (June 3-July 4) Sunday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Trnka film on any applicable Sunday in June-early July and get a ticket for the second Trnka 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.) http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/trnka

National Theatre Live tickets to Macbeth (June 16) are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members and students.

Two by Clouzot Two-Film Discount! Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either Le Corbeau (June 29-July 4) or Quai des Orfèvres (June 29-July 5), and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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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 visitwww.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.

Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 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 that has grown to 85,000. 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 200 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 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 ranked number two 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, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.


Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312-846-2074 - direct

Twitter: @filmcenter

- Philippe Garrel: The Gift of Intimacy, May 4-30
- ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE, May 18-24
- Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club: ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE, May 24
- The Death of Stalin, May 18-24
- BEAUTY AND THE DOGS, May 18-24
- R.W. Fassbinder's EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY, May 18-24

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