Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gene Siskel Film Center screenings and events July 6-August 2, 2018 (Chicago, IL.)



GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC)
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, JULY 6-AUGUST 2, 2018

Monday, July 30, 6:00 pm screening of
RBG to feature open-captioned dialogue


Series
Bergman at 100 (July 6-October 3) is the Gene Siskel Film Center’s centenary celebration of the Swedish director, who, for many filmgoers epitomized the cinema's potential as a serious art form. Featured will be Wild Strawberries (July 6, 7, 12), Summer Interlude (July 7, 9), Smiles of a Summer Night (July 14, 19), Secrets of a Woman (July 14, 17), Summer with Monika (July 21, 26), To Joy (July 21, 24), The Seventh Seal (July 27, 28 + August 2), and Sawdust and Tinsel (July 28, 31). Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September and get a ticket for the second Bergman 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/bergman100

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, Czech That Film (July 6-August 1) showcases a selection of recent films and restorations from the Czech Republic. Provocative comedies and dramas make up the six films in the series with an emphasis on historical drams and classic fantasy/science-fiction. Featured will be Karel Zeman’s A Journey to the Beginning of Time (July 6, 8), Barefoot (July 7, 11), 8 Heads of Madness (July 13, 14), Jan Hrebejk’s Garden Store: Family Friend (July 20, 22), Milada (July 27, August 1), and Accumulator 1 (July 29, 30). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/czechthatfilm2018

Runs
Chicago premiere! Love, Cecil (July 6-12): Cecil Beaton was many things: royal photographer, Hollywood costume designer, chronicler of the Swinging Sixties; but, as this captivating documentary demonstrates, his most impressive achievement was the staging of his own life. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/lovececil

Chicago premiere! In The House of Tomorrow (July 6-12), geeky 16-year-old Sebastian is raised in isolation by his overprotective grandmother in a vintage geodesic-dome house that serves as both their home and a tourist attraction and tastes forbidden fruit in the form of punk rock. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/houseoftomorrow

In Let the Sunshine In (July 6-12), Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) moves from one unsatisfactory liaison to another as she despairs of ever finding real love in this delicate, bittersweet character study from Claire Denis. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/letthesunshinein

First Chicago run! The Cakemaker (July 13-26): Shy, gay Berlin bake-shop owner Thomas travels to Jerusalem and anonymously seeks out Anat, owner of a struggling kosher café and the widow of Thomas’s former lover. Director Ofir Raul Graizer sensitively negotiates the delicate growing relationship between two lonely people secretly grieving for the same man, as obstacles of religion, sex, and national identity stand in the way of emotion. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/cakemaker

Chicago premiere! The Day After (July 13-19): Prolific director and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumnus Hong Sang-soo builds a playful farce around the efforts of Bogwan, a middle-aged book publisher, to conceal his marital peccadillos on a day when he welcomes Areum, a newly hired assistant, to his office. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/dayafter

In The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (July 13-18), a mysterious killer is terrorizing Paris and baffling the police in the first solo directing effort by master of French noir Henri-Georges Clouzot. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/number21

The Seagull (July 13-19): Tony-winning director Michael Mayer and Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam fashion an adaptation of Chekhov's classic play that is intimate, sensual, brisk, and non-stagey, starring the likes of Annette Bening as Irina, Elisabeth Moss as Masha, and Saoirse Ronan as Nina. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/seagull

Chicago premiere! Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (July 20-26): When Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan), travels to Tahiti to begin a new phase of his career, his dream of an exotic paradise begins to dissolve in the wake of poor health and jealousy over his young Polynesian wife’s suspected infidelity. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gaugin

The Gospel According to André (July 20-26) is an all-encompassing portrait of André Leon Talley detailing his struggle as a gay black man scaling the heights in the elite and once all-white subculture of international fashion. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/accordingtoandre

Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person! Saving Brinton (July 20-25): An eccentric hoarder living in small-town Iowa discovers a vast trove of artifacts from the estate of an entrepreneurial theater owner and becomes a crusader for preservation of the priceless horde in this engaging documentary. On Saturday, July 21, film subject Michael Zahs and filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by Michelle Puetz, Curator of Collections and Public Programs at Chicago Film Archives, a Movie Club event (see “Special events” below). http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/savingbrinton

Chicago premiere! The good-humored tale En el Séptimo Día (July 27-August 2), directed by Jim McKay, details one week in the life of José, a hard-working undocumented soccer-playing immigrant who faces an impossible choice between his job and loyalty to his hometown compatriots. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/septimodia

Chicago premiere! Dark Money (July 27-August 2): Filmmaker Kimberly Reed conducts an in-depth investigation into how the political fabric of the state of Montana was distorted by the 2010 Supreme Court ruling declaring corporations people and its subsequent nationwide implications. For decades, the state government was a model of transparency and accountability, until, in the wake of the high court decision, a flood of Citizen United money ushered in a new era of staggering corruption. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/darkmoney

RGB (July 27-August 2) is a comprehensive profile of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, revealing a woman with nerves of steel, unflagging courage, and a passion for the rule of law. Note that the Monday, July 30, 6:00 pm screening will feature open-captioned dialogue.

Special events
Chicago premiere! Filmmaker in person! Three Short Films by Dani Gal (July 10): Three films by the Israeli video artist who lives and works in Berlin and reimagines the past by reconstructing historical events. Filmmaker Gal is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. Presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut Chicago. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/danigal

Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club examines Saving Brinton (July 21; see “Runs” above for description). Film subject Michael Zahs and filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by Michelle Puetz, Curator of Collections and Public Programs at Chicago Film Archives. Each ticket-holder attending the Movie Club post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/movieclub

Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out (July 24 at 6:30 pm) will screen as part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ Millennium Park Summer Film Series (MPSFS), and is one of 13 film screenings in the series presented June 5-August 21 representing local film festivals. Get Out represents the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF)—see “Coming in August” for more details about BHFF. Admission to this and all MPSFS screenings is free. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park7.html

National Theatre Live’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (July 28): Found standing beside Mrs. Shears’ dead dog, 15-year-old Christopher is under suspicion in the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel.
National Theatre Live tickets are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members and students. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ntl-curious-incident

Coming in August
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (August 4-30) is the venue’s most vibrant annual showcase presenting a combination of 50 narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. Narrative features include One Bedroom, Pieces of David, Then There Was Joe, Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, The Area, Betty: They Say I’m Different, and This One’s for the Ladies. Shorts programs will include the ever-popular Love African American Style and Women of Color. BHFF opens on Saturday, August 4 when filmmakers and VIPs gather to celebrate the presentation of the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and shorts program A Black Harvest Feast.

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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:
Bergman at 100 Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price for the first Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September and get a ticket for the second Bergman 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 the Millennium Park Summer Film Series screening of Get Out (July 24) is free.

National Theatre Live tickets to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (July 28) are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members and students.

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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.


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