Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March at Gene Siskel Film Center, including 23rd Annual Chicago EU Film Festival (Chicago, IL.) ALL EVENTS POSTPONED!

UPDATED 3/16/2020:

Dear Friends of the Gene Siskel Film Center, 
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, and to support efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. We expect to reopen April 10, though because this is a dynamic and unprecedented situation, we will share the most up-to-date information on our website. Additionally, you may call 312-846-2600 or visit us on Facebook and Twitter. All events scheduled during this suspension period will be canceled or postponed, and we anticipate additional changes will be made to the program calendar. 
To everyone who has purchased tickets for events and screenings: Thank you! We know you love films, and we love them too. We are eager to showcase the best classic, international and independent films in the near future and continue to serve our mission as a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. If you have tickets to an upcoming event or screening, you may exchange or receive a refund of your ticket at the Box Office or Main Office when the Gene Siskel Film Center reopens. Or if you wish to support our mission as a nonprofit program, you may also donate the value of the ticket purchase to the Gene Siskel Film Center to provide much-needed support during this difficult time. We look forward to a time in the near future when we can all come together to enjoy films again.
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s staff will continue to be available during normal office hours (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) and can be reached at filmcenter@saic.edu or 312-846-2600. Membership activation dates will be postponed until the Film Center reopens, and we are here to answer any questions regarding tickets or memberships.  
As you can imagine, the decision to close was not made lightly, but we know it’s the best decision for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to work closely with our colleagues here at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to respond to this unprecedented challenge. For updates on actions SAIC has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please visit saic.edu/alerts.
Jean de St. Aubin
Executive Director
Gene Siskel Film Center


Gene Siskel Film Center presents 23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
with 47 premieres for 28 nations

SWALLOW with director Carlo Mirabella-Davis in person, and a
new restoration of Alec Guinness in KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
The 23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (March 6-April 2) is four full weeks of Chicago premieres representing all 28 EU member nations, including a farewell selection of United Kingdom productions in this year of Brexit. Get ready to pack your bags for a month of European culture and savor the flavor of the vibrant and diverse cultures of Europe from the comfort of your theater seat—and join in discussion with directors and other special guests at selected shows.

In staying with the tradition of the festival, opening night is dedicated to the nation currently in the rotating presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 6, the evening is hosted by Sanja Laković, Consul General of Croatia in Chicago, and the opening night presentation is COMIC SANS by Nevio Marasović, a satirical comedy about a successful ad designer whose life runs amok after a painful breakup.

New films by established, prize-winning directors offer stories and ideas that delight, question, and challenge. Werner Herzog’s latest documentary NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN (March 28, April 1; United Kingdom) recounts his long friendship with the global adventurer. Iconoclast Bruno Dumont employs unorthodox visual and aural stylization in JOAN OF ARC (March 7, 11; France), breathing new life into a well-known history. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne venture daringly into timely subject matter in YOUNG AHMED (March 14, 18; Belgium), the disturbing tale of a radicalized teenager. Caroline Link creates ALL ABOUT ME (March 13, 15; Germany), a tragicomic biopic of one of the country’s best-loved comedians. In EARTH (March 20, 26; Austria), filmmaker-activist Nikolaus Geyrhalter finds horror and paradoxical beauty in industrial enterprises that ravage landscapes across the globe. 

At a time when the greater inclusion of female artists is a burning question in the cultural realm, close to one-third of this year’s films are directed or co-directed by women. These include LIVING THE LIGHT: ROBBY MÜLLER by Claire Pijman (March 13, 16; Netherlands), a diary-like profile of the great cinematographer; and two Irish films: ANIMALS by Sophie Hyde (March 20, 21), and THE LAST RIGHT by Aoife Crehan (March 27, 30), bringing a female gaze to the human comedy. Nadège Trebal will be present to discuss her film TWELVE THOUSAND (March 29; France), a confident debut charting the relationship of a passionate but cash-strapped couple.

More filmmakers appearing to-date include Polish director Piotr Szkopiak in person to discuss THE LAST WITNESS (March 15 and 16), his noir-like thriller delving into an attempted cover-up of the 1940 Katyn Massacre, in which 22,000 Polish soldiers were executed. Lithuanian director Tomas Vengris appears for discussion with MOTHERLAND (March 21), his drama of a woman who returns to Lithuania with her American-born son to reclaim her family estate. Italian director Mimmo Calopresti will be present with ASPROMONTE: LAND OF THE FORGOTTEN (March 29), in which star Valeria Bruni Tedeschi plays a new schoolteacher in an isolated village struggling against government neglect and a smalltime mafia chief.

The festival closes on April 2, with Czech director Jirí Mádl in person with ON THE ROOF, a bittersweet odd-couple drama laced with humor, charting the unusual friendship between a retired teacher and the fugitive immigrant he takes into his home. A reception with a Czech theme follows the show.

In addition to opening night, closing night, and director appearances will be other events such as a critics’ panel discussion, Fresh Views, following the March 27 screening of THE LAST RIGHT (Ireland). The Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club selection of the month will be NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN (United Kingdom) on April 1 and will include a complimentary beverage for each ticketholder. Please check http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff/2020/festivalfilms for updates.

A total of 47 films from 28 European Nations are featured this year. They are: Austria with THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET, March 8 and 9, and EARTH, March 20 and 26; Belgium with the BAREFOOT EMPEROR, March 6 and 10, and YOUNG AHMED, March 14 and 18; Bulgaria with ROUNDS, March 14 and 19; Croatia with COMIC SANS, March 6 (opening night) and 11, and MALI, March 21 and 26; Cyprus with CHINATOWN: THE THREE SHELTERS, March 22 and 25; Czech Republic with ON THE ROOF, March 27 and April 2 (closing night); Denmark with QUEEN OF HEARTS, March 21 and 26; Estonia with FIRE LILY, March 20 and 23; Finland with ONE LAST DEAL, March 13 and 19; France with JOAN OF ARC, March 7 and 11, REAL LOVE, March 8 and 12, SIBYL, March 13 and 15, AS HAPPY AS POSSIBLE, March 20 and 25, and TWELVE THOUSAND, March 29 and April 1; Germany with BALLOON, March 6 and 7, ALL ABOUT ME, March 13 and 15, GUNDERMANN, March 22 and 23; and SYSTEM CRASHER, March 28 and 31; Greece with THE WAITER, March 13 and 19, and ZIZOTEK, March 27 and 30; Hungary with TALL TALES, March 7 and 9, and THE TROUPE, March 28 and April 1; Ireland with ANIMALS, March 20 and 21, and THE LAST RIGHT, March 27 and 30; Italy with TOMMASO, April 8 and 12; MARTIN EDEN, March 14 and 18, and ASPROMONTE: LAND OF THE FORGOTTEN, March 29 and 31; Latvia with BILLE, March 7 and 12; Lithuania with MOTHERLAND, March 21 and 25; Luxembourg with PÉITRUSS, March 28 and 31; Malta with THE WEEPING HOUSE OF QALA, March 20 and 23; Netherlands with LIVING THE LIGHT: ROBBY MÜLLER, March 13 and 16, and TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE, March 27 and 29; Poland with I REMEMBER, March 6 and 9, and THE LAST WITNESS, March 15 and 16; Portugal with CARGA, March 13 and 16; Romania with MO, March 7 and 11; Slovakia with BY A SHARP KNIFE, March 21 and 24; Slovenia with STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS, March 14 and 18; Spain with WINDOW TO THE SEA, March 20 and 22, and THE DAYS TO COME, March 27 and 28; Sweden with KOKO-DI KOKO DA, March 14 and 17; and United Kingdom with BEATS, March 27 and 30, and NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN, March 28 and April 1.

Noted directors who work featured this year are Claire Burger (REAL LOVE), Mimmo Calopresti (ASPROMONTE: LAND OF THE FORGOTTEN), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (YOUNG AHMED), Bruno Dumont (JOAN OF ARC), Abel Ferrara (TOMMASO), Nikolaus Geyrhalter (EARTH), Klaus Härö (ONE LAST DEAL), Werner Herzog (NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN), Stephan Komandarev (ROUNDS), Caroline Link (ALL ABOUT ME), Jirí Mádl (ON THE ROOF), Nevio Marasović (COMIC SANS), Pietro Marcello (MARTIN EDEN), Pál Sándor (THE TROUPE), Attila Szasz (TALL TALES), Piotr Szkopiak, and Justine Triet (SIBYL).

The following are supporters of this year's CEUFF. Promotional Sponsors: Chicago Sister Cities International and Rotary Club of Chicago. Program-Related Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Chicago; Consulate of Croatia; Consulate of the Czech Republic; European Union Center at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC); Goethe-Institut Chicago; Consulate General of Hungary; Hungarian National Film Fund; Culture Ireland; Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago; Consulate General of Lithuania; and University of Illinois REES (Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Center). Festival Partners: Akasuba; Alliance Française de Chicago; Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture; Cinema Femme; DANK Haus German American Cultural Center; Eurocircle; EXPO Chicago; FF2 Media; First Bulgarian Cultural Center; Hostelling International; Hungarian (Magyar) Club of Chicago; Irish American Heritage Center; Polish American Association; and Swedish American Museum.

For more information about this year’s CEUFF, please visit:

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The screening/lecture series From Asia with Love (January 24-May 5) examines how new uses of moving image and sound in cinema from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and China demonstrate the intense preoccupations of their filmmakers, with weekly Tuesday lectures by Jennifer Dorothy Lee, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Presented in March will be all 35mm screenings of Zhang Meng’s THE PIANO IN A FACTORY (March 10); Arwin Chen’s WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? (March 17); and Ang Lee’s THE WEDDING BANQUET. See end of the release for special ticket pricing for Film Center members.  http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/fromasiawithlove

Conversations at the Edge (February 6-April 16) is a weekly series presented during the SAIC semester featuring screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. All upcoming programs except the April 2 one will feature the artist/filmmaker in person: TROUBLE (March 5); Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters (March 12; note that this program will be at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago); An Evening with Ian Cheng (March 24; note that this program will be at Rubloff Auditorium at The Art Institute of Chicago, 230 S. Columbus Dr.); and This Set of Actions Is a Mirror (April 2).

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Chicago premiere! THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM (February 28-March 12) chronicles the creative journey of the late The New York Times “On the Street” photographer and fashion historian as he captured the journey of a now lost New York filled with great personalities, fascinating eccentrics, and true originals. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/the-times-of-bill-cunningham

Chicago premiere! In EXTRA ORDINARY (March 13-19), a widower haunted by the spirit of his wife teams up with a psychic driving instructor to save his teenage daughter from a Satanist rock star in this over-the-top comedy from Ireland. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/extra-ordinary

Chicago premiere! In the stunning, slow-burning SWALLOW (March 20-26), a young newlywed begins ingesting strange and often dangerous objects after she finds out she is pregnant. Director Carlo Mirabella-Davis is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at 8:15 pm on Friday, March 20. Moderating the discussion will be filmmaker Jennifer Reeder. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/swallow

New restoration! Set in Edwardian times but quite modern in its sensibility, KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS concerns a resentful striver who seeks to murder the eight family members (all played by Alec Guinness) that stand between him and the coveted title of 10th Duke of D‘Ascoyne. New 4K DCP digital restoration. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kind-hearts-and-coronets

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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 $12/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 matinee tickets are $8 each. 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 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Sunday.

The March 12 Conversations at the Edge Beatrice Gibson: Two Sisters program is at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago; tickets are available through www.said.edu/cate. The March 24 An Evening with Ian Cheng program is at Rubloff Auditorium at The Art Institute of Chicago, 230 S. Columbus Dr.; this event is free and non-ticketed.

Film Center members pay $5 per screening to the Screening/Lecture Series: From Asia, With Love (January 24-May 5).

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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 www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.

Discounted parking is available for $18 for 16 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 over 100,000. 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 1,700 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 Panorama Latinx
Panorama Latinx is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American programming. The Film Center engages the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers educational screenings, and community partnerships. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/panoramalatinx

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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