Saturday, October 24, 2020

Chicago Intl. FIlm Fest > The ROGER EBERT AWARD goes to MEMORY HOUSE (Casa de Antiguidades) by João Paulo Miranda Maria



wins the ROGER EBERT award at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival 

The Roger Ebert Award is presented annually to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh and uncompromising vision

The award was presented by Chaz Ebert who explained the motivation of the jury: " A timely, challenging reflection on isolation and racism bringing ancestral spirits and allowing them to enter into the present as last guardians for the sanity of the indigenous people. A daring debut that pictures a collapsing world as if in a bizzare shamanic trance with its dream sequences and hallucinogenic visions guiding us into the deep powerful realm of archetypes and myths."

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Memory House is a spiritual and fantastical story encapsulating the social and racial tensions of modern day Brazil.  Before Chicago, Memory House will competed in the New Directors section at the San Sebastian film festival, after screening in the Discovery section of TIFF. Memory House is the only Latin-American entry of the Cannes Label 2020. 

93 minutes  -  Brazil, France
​Language: Portuguese - German

Modern day Brazil, but lost in time. Cristovam, a native Black man from the rural North, moves to a Southern town, a strange sort of Austrian colony, to work in a milk factory. Confronted with xenophobic conservative people, he feels isolated and estranged from the white world.

He discovers an abandoned house, filled with objects and memorabilia reminding him of his origins. He settles in, reconnecting with his roots. As if this memory house were alive, more objects start to appear. Slowly, Cristovam begins a metamorphosis.

El Brasil de hoy en día, pero perdido en el tiempo. Cristovam, un nativo negro del norte rural, se muda a una antigua colonia austriaca del sur para trabajar en una fábrica de leche. Obligado a lidiar con personas conservadoras y xenófobas, se siente aislado y alejado del mundo de los blancos.

Descubre una casa abandonada, llena de objetos y recuerdos que le evocan sus orígenes, y se instala en ella volviendo a conectar con sus raíces. Como si esa casa de recuerdos estuviera viva, comienzan a aparecer más objetos. Lentamente, Cristovam comienza una metamorfosis.

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João Paulo Miranda Maria (director and scriptwriter) 

João Paulo Miranda Maria. Born in 1982 in Porto Feliz (Sao Paulo), inland city of Brazil. He graduated in Cinema and Master by Unicamp. João is a Teacher at UNIMEP University and coordinates a film collective called Kino-Olho in the city of Rio Claro, Sao Paulo. His cinema is inspired by the countryside reality where he lives.
He was selected in 2015 at the Critics’ Week with the short Command Action and in 2016 in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival with the short The girl who danced with the devil, awarded with the Special Mention of Jury prize. His latest short film, Meninas Formicida was selected on Orizzonti Selection at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
After participating in Critic’s Week – Next Step LAB, in partnership with Torino Film LAB, he developed Memory House at the Cinéfondation residency in Paris last spring. Memory House is his first feature. It is the only Latin-American entry of the Cannes Label 2020.

João Paulo Miranda 
(Porto Feliz, Brasil. 1982) dirigió en 2015 el cortometraje Command Action, seleccionado para la Semaine de la Critique del Festival de Cannes, al que regresó en 2016, esta vez a la competición de cortometrajes, con The Girl Who Danced with the Devil, que recibió una Mención Especial del Jurado. Su último cortometraje, Meninas Formicida (2017), se presentó en la sección Orizzonti del Festival de Venecia. Casa de antiguidades (Memory House), su primer largometraje, fue seleccionado en Cine en Construcción 37 de Toulouse, donde recibió el Premio de los Distribuidores y Exhibidores Europeos, y forma parte de la selección oficial de Cannes 2020, cómo unica entrada Latino americana, se presentó en el TIFF antes de competir en la sección New Directors del SSIFF68.
Antonio Pitanga in Memory House - © Carlos Eduardo Carvalho

Cast: Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Sam Louwyck
Director of photography: Benjamín Echazarreta
Production Design: Isabelle Bittencourt
Editor: Benjamin Mirguet
Sound Director: Léo Bortolin
Original Score: Nicolas Becker

Denise Gomes, Paula Cosenza and Didar Domehri

PRODUCTION Be Bossa Entertainment (Brazil) and Maneki Films (France)
Coproduction: Canal Brasil and Cinema Caipira


Chicago Humanities Festival >> Next Week: An Election Preview and Conversations on Power


This week's programs presented with the support of Grace K. Stanek.


Music & History
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Program
How do the legacies of artists influence our understanding of their work?
Alex Ross on Wagnerism

The composer Richard Wagner is both revered for his visionary operas and reviled for his anti-semitic writings. In Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of MusicAlex Ross details the composer's wide-ranging influence across 150 years of art and culture. The New Yorker music critic and author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise traces the impact that art can have in the world, and explores the thorny question: How do we grapple today with an artist with such a many-sided and problematic legacy? Ross is joined by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Environment & Society
Can climate change be mitigated on a local level?

What’s Next: Climate Change

Join writer Nathaniel Rich (Losing Earth) and meteorologist Eric Holthaus (The Future Earth) for a conversation about the past, present, and future of climate change, bringing differing perspectives to the question: Can we succeed in saving Earth? This conversation is moderated by urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter.

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What is possible when we work together?

2020 Digital Celebration

Featuring an intimate conversation with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates and the Festival’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, Alison Cuddy. Other highlights include a musical performance by vocalist Natalie Douglas and a literary moment with poet Natasha Trethewey.
A painted poster with an image of the earth and the words, "One World."

This week’s programs presented with the support of Fifth Third Bank.


Tuesday, October 27 | 12:00PM (CDT)
Nick Hornby with Ayelet Waldman: Just Like You

Join Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Just like You) and Ayelet Waldman (The Mommy-Track Mysteries) for a chat about what it means for authors and characters to throw out the old scripts in order to try something new. 

Politics & Society
Tuesday, October 27 | 7:00PM (CDT)
David Axelrod and Mike Murphy on the 2020 Election

David Axelrod and Mike Murphy will join in conversation with Jim Warren (NewsGuard, formerly Chicago Tribune) to analyze the internal dynamics and general mood heading into the last week of a tumultuous, unprecedented and often confusing race for the White House.

Politics & Society
Thursday, October 29 | 7:00PM (CDT)
Doris Conant Lecture on Women and Culture
Alicia Garza on the Purpose of Power

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza returns to CHF to discuss her debut book The Purpose of Power, which details the two decades of organizing experience that guides her activism.
Alicia Garza



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Chicago Department of Public Health >> Chicago COVID-19 News for You


Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno this week announced a retightening of COVID-19 restrictions in response to a recent, rapid rise in cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Beginning Friday, October 23rd, a business curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for all nonessential businesses, and bars without a retail food license are no longer able to serve customers indoors. All Chicagoans are being asked to avoid social gatherings of more than six people and end all social gatherings by 10:00 p.m. These restrictions and guidelines will be in effect for at least two weeks and are targeted to help Chicago manage an alarming recent rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Over the past week alone, cases have risen by 50%, to over 682 per day. While daily testing has increased to over 11,000 tests per day, the positivity rate has also risen to 6.7%, which means that that the increase in testing does not fully explain the rise in cases. This is coinciding with a worrying increase in hospitalizations, which for non-ICU COVID patients and suspected cases are up 36% since September 22. Under the State of Illinois guidelines, the Chicago region will face additional mitigation measures, including reduced capacity of all gatherings and closure of indoor dining, if the positivity rate rises above 8% for three straight days.
Businesses that were deemed essential during the Stay at Home Order, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, may remain open during the business curfew hours. Restaurants may continue operating for take-out or delivery, but indoor or outdoor consumption of food or alcohol must cease at 10:00 p.m. Additionally, all bars, taverns, or breweries that do not have a Retail Food Establishment License will no longer be able to serve customers indoors at any time. All establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 pm before closing at 10:00 p.m. under the business curfew. All other existing restrictions remain in place, including indoor capacity limits of 40% or 50 people within a room or space.

BACP will enforce these new restrictions on businesses, with citations leading to fines of up to $10,000 and possible closure in the case of egregious violations. To date, BACP has issued 50 one-day closure orders and ordered the long-term closure of four establishments.

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CPS Announces Goal to Phase In School-Based Learning

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) last week announced that all students will begin the second quarter of school remotely, with the goal of bringing students back through a phased approach beginning with the thousands of students in pre-k and students enrolled in intensive and moderate cluster classrooms who cannot be served well enough under any form of remote learning. Based on encouraging outcomes from other schools — in Chicago and across the country — that have implemented classroom-based learning, the strength of the district's comprehensive health and safety plan, and the dire need to provide classroom instruction to our most vulnerable students, the district is assessing the potential of safely opening pre-k and cluster classrooms for in-person instruction during the second quarter. As part of the plan, CPS and CDPH will be closely monitoring the evolving public health environment and a final decision on reopening school buildings for pre-k and students enrolled in cluster programs will be made closer to the start of the second quarter. Learn more at
Recommendations for Voters 

You don’t have to choose between your health and voting. As a voter, you can minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission at polling locations by using personal prevention practices. This includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of distance from people who don’t live with you. You can also:

  • If possible, apply online to Vote By Mail – and then skip the line and turn in your signed Ballot Return Envelope at any drop box at any Early Voting site in the city.
  • Check voting locations and requirements before going to vote because these may have changed due to COVID-19.
  • Use in-person early voting, if available.
  • Vote at off-peak times, such as mid-morning.
  • If driving to the polls and your schedule allows, monitor the voter line from your car and join it when it is shorter.
  • Bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol to use before and after voting.
  • Check the local election office website.
  • Ask poll workers what options they offer for casting your ballot if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

For more information, see the Considerations for Elections Polling Locations and Voters and these Tips for Voters to help stay safe during the pandemic.
’Halloweek’ Activities to Celebrate Safely 

The “Arts in the Dark Upside-Down Halloween Parade,” in partnership with LUMA8 and sponsored by Bloomer Chocolate Company, is a reverse parade in which the entertainment is stationery and attendees drive by and watch the visual artists and performers from the safety of their vehicles. Each year, the parade, which celebrates Chicago’s diverse communities and cultures, draws close to 100,000 guests, and features artists and performers from world-renowned institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lookingglass Theatre Company, After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. A special Halloween goody bag, courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company, will await parade-goers at the end. The parade will take place along Washington Park on October 31 from 12-3pm. Attendees are encouraged to join the visual experience and dress up their cars in “Car-stumes”. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To register visit 

The Chicago Park District and CPD will also participate in ‘Halloweek’ by providing candy for socially distanced trick-or-treaters. Starting October 26, residents can check with their local park for additional information and locations where candy is available. Trick-or-treating with CPD will take place at the specific district locations below between 4:30-7:00 p.m.: 

  • Monday, October 26 - Districts 6, 17, 25 
  • Tuesday, October 27 - Districts 3, 14, 15 
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Districts 8, 9, 12 
  • Thursday, October 29 - Districts 5, 7, 10 
  • Friday, October 30- Districts 2, 4, 11 
  • Saturday, October 31 - All districts 
The City is offering specific guidance on how to trick-or-treat safely, including advising that trick-or-treating groups remain limited to six people or less and that trick-or-treaters stay on the move without congregating – which means more houses visited and more candy for all! People passing out candy are asked to try to socially distance while doing so, perhaps by using a tube or pipe to drop candy into trick-or-treaters’ bags from a distance. A complete list of Halloween safety guidelines, which are in line with those issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health and additional Halloweek events happening across the city can be found at
Flu Shots at No Cost

Now more than ever, everyone needs to do their part to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as the flu and COVID-19. Getting the seasonal flu vaccination before the end of October is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. To ensure that every resident can access vaccines regardless of ability to pay and immigration status, CDPH is hosting more than 50 community flu clinics where residents can get their flu shot for no out-of-pocket cost. Walk-ins are welcome, but to prevent waiting, we strongly encourage everyone to make an appointment. CDPH has also relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder, a web-based app that shows the closest location where the flu shot is available. For more information about the flu and to see the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit
Stay informed with Chi COVID Coach

Registration is free and your information is protected. Registering gives you three benefits:
  1. Pre-register for a vaccine: Find out when a vaccine is available. Everyone signed up will be contacted by the Chicago Department of Public Health.
  2. Receive testing information: Learn the latest about tests and testing sites.
  3. Get help monitoring symptoms: Receive text messages tailored to your symptoms.
COVID-19 Young Adult Survey

Are you 18-29 years old? Please take a moment to complete our COVID-19 Young Adult Survey and help protect Chicago.
Chicago Travel Quarantine List

On Thursday, July 2, CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The list will be updated every Tuesday and go into effect the following Friday at 12:01 a.m.

As of October 23, travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri 
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
For more information, see these Frequently Asked Questions.
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