GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC)
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, DECEMBER 2, 2016-JANUARY 5, 2017
Shakespeare on Film (December 3-January 5) showcases 10 films that were chosen out of 1,189 currently listed on IMDb.com based on the Bard’s work. The criteria to present this series included keeping the language rooted in Shakespearean language and to include only one version of each selected play, and only one film by each director. Featured are Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight; Joss Whedon’s Much Ado about Nothing; Al Pacino and Ralph Fiennes in The Merchant of Venice; Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet; Peter Brook’s King Lear; Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg, and Judi Dench in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Laurence Olivier’s Richard III; Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy of Macbeth; Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet; and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Film/lecture series No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema (September 3-December 13) presents Latin American filmmaking from the early 1980s through the present, concluding with Ixcanul (December 10, 13), a powerfully visualized drama set in a traditional indigenous community of coffee farmers. Starting January 28 will be the film/lecture series New Sensory Cinema. Sponsored by HBO. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/noborders
New 4K restoration of the classic 80s Japanese comedy Tampopo (December 2-15) in which cowboy-hatted Goro takes ramen noodle shop purveyor Tampopo on a quest for The Perfect Noodle. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/tampopo
First Chicago run! Being 17 (December 2-8), in which love and hatred are two sides of sexual desire in this coming-of-age story, concerns the deep attraction between Damien, a brainy son of professionals, and Tom, the adopted biracial son of farmers. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/being17
Back by popular demand! Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (December 2-8) is the portrait of an artist and also a behind-the-scenes art-world drama involving territorialism and jealousy. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/bosch
Chicago premiere! Don’t Call Me Son (December 9-15) in which Pierre, a child stolen at birth, learns his natural parents are well-to-do all the while exploring his wild side as a full-blown cross-dresser. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/dontcallmeson
First Chicago run! Fire at Sea (December 9-15) is an adventurous documentary set on the small Italian island of Lampedusa whose proximity has attracted hundreds of thousands of African refugees and examines how they interface with the daily life of the islanders. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/fireatsea
First Chicago run! Long Way North (December 16-29) is a family-friendly animated tale in which a 19th-century adventuress flees the pomp of the Russian court in order to track down her beloved grandfather, a famed Arctic explorer whose ship has disappeared in the North Pole. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/longwaynorth
Chicago premiere! National Bird (December 16-22)—executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris—is a harrowing documentary in which three former employees of the U.S. drone program turn whistleblower in this searing look at the little-known moral and emotional impact on those whose jobs involve remotely identifying and bombing human targets in Afghanistan. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/nationalbird
The Handmaiden (December 16-22) is based on Sarah Walter’s Booker Prize-winning lesbian crime novel Fingersmith in which a demure heiress, a sexually curious lady’s maid, a ruthless conman, and a degenerate uncle with an unusual library of carnal curiosities figure in this quirky no-return ride into the darkest depths of erotic fantasy. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/thehandmaiden
Certain Women (December 23-29), based on the short stories of Maile Meloy, relates three tales set under the big skies of Montana, each centered on a female character, each only slightly connected on a plot level, but all subtly linked by themes of betrayal and class conflict. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/certainwomen
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual holiday tradition is the ever-popular cult film Antonio Gaudí (December 30-January 5), inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms by Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí, paired with Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (December 30-January 5), the story of Gaudí’s unfinished basilica of Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família, as architects and artisans with rival interpretations of the master’s vision attempt to finish the long-incomplete project. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/antoniogaudi
Back by popular demand! Miss Hokusai (December 30-January 5), a Japanese anime that immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of 19th-century Edo's "floating world" of prostitutes, artists, and merchants, as the prickly O-Ei struggles to mature as an artist and as a woman. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/misshokusai
Special events and limited engagements
Spa Night (December 3) centers on David, the son of Korean immigrants, as he struggles against his attraction to men, and getting a job in a men-only spa only brings new urgency to his buried desires. Actor Esteban Andres Cruz will be present for Q&A after the screening. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/spanight
Neighborhood Night (December 5) celebrates quality cinema and community, and anticipates our Chicago European Union Film Festival in March 2017 by featuring March 2016’s Audience Award winner, Land of Songs, an elegiac documentary looking at five lively Lithuanian grannies who are the last to sing their region’s traditional folk songs. Also presented at Neighborhood Night will be Tampopo, Being 17, and Hieronymus Bosch. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/neighborhoodnight
Kate Plays Christine (December 9, 10, 12) is the haunting, thought-provoking film about Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide on-air in 1974 as explored and re-enacted by actress Kate Lyn Sheil. Director Robert Greene will appear for Q&As with critic and filmmaker Michael Smith on December 9 and with acclaimed documentarian Steve James on December 10. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kateplayschristine
Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club looks at Tampopo (December 12; see above for information and dates of full run). Enjoy a complimentary beverage and a discussion (facilitator TBA). Sponsored by HBO. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/movieclub
Screening in a 25th anniversary digital restoration, the cheeky black comedy Delicatessen (December 16, 17) sets an incongruously tender love story in a depraved and deprived society where the lower life forms have already been consumed, and an unemployed circus clown falls in love with the daughter of an opportunistic butcher. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/delicatessen
National Theatre Live Encore’s War Horse (December 23, 30) is based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted by Nick Stafford, taking the audience on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of World War I France as puppets bring breathing, galloping horses to thrilling life on stage. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/warhorse
A salute to Nobel laureate Bob Dylan in Don’t Look Back (December 23, 26, 28), the landmark cinema-verite portrait of the artist in his insolent, freewheeling prime as filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker gets up close and personal as never before during Dylan’s 1965 English tour. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/dontlookback
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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.
Note that the Gene Siskel Film Center’s theaters will be closed on November 24; December 24, 25, and 31; and January 1.
Film Center members pay $6 per screening to the No Borders film/lecture series.
Two-Film Antonio Gaudí/Sagrada Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular prices for either Antonio Gaudí or Sagrada and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of original ticket purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)
Admission to November 20’s National Theatre Live Encore: War Horse 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