Pix724 is a division of Pix International,LLC(pixintl.com ) Photo Features & Linda Matlow(lindamatlow.com) contact: editorial at pixintl.com
*We may receive commission or product from items discussed or promoted on this website. * This site may contain affiliate links for products we Love!
We cover our events at our fave destinations.
Copyright DMCA policy: pixintl.com/copyright_statement.html
New releases will be available beginning 12:00 p.m. CT the day the film is available, unless noted
Opens 1/8 - open-ended
2020, Anne Fontaine, France/Belgium, 98 min.
With Virginie Efira, Omar Sy, Grégory Gadebois
"[Fontaine] treads her signature fine line between auteur cinema and crowd-pleaser almost perfectly."--Fabien Leme, Cineuropa
Three Parisian cops, Virginie, Aristide, and Erik, find themselves on
the knife's edge of a conflict between duty and conscience in the course
of a critical night in which they are charged with delivering
undocumented Middle Eastern immigrant Tohirov (Payman Maadi, co-star of
the Oscar-winning A SEPARATION) to the airport for deportation.
Director Fontaine (GEMMA BOVARY, COCO BEFORE CHANEL) brings a rare
female perspective and thoughtful rhythm to the policier genre, delving
into personal lives torn by rocky marriages, stress, and one very big
secret, as the back-story to the crisis that evolves when Virginie dares
to open the prisoner's sealed file. In French with
English subtitles. (BS)
Opens 1/15 - open-ended Acasa, My Home
2020, Radu Ciorniciuc, Romania, 86 min.
"Stunningly intimate...a beautifully crafted, heart-wrenchingly tragic,
observational encapsulation of the shredding of one family's way of
life."--Jordan M. Smith, Nonfics
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir
just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family lived in perfect
harmony with nature for two decades, sleeping in a hut on the
lakeshore, catching fish barehanded, and following the rhythm of the
seasons. When this area is transformed into a public national park,
they are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to
the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle
afternoons are now spent in classrooms. With their roots in the
wilderness, the nine children and their parents struggle to find a way
to keep their family united in the
concrete jungle. With an empathetic and cinematic eye, filmmaker Radu
Ciorniciuc offers viewers a compelling tale of an impoverished family
living on the fringes of society, fighting for acceptance and their own
version of freedom.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Cinematography at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In Romanian with English subtitles.
Opens 1/22 - open-ended
Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares)
2020 Fernanda Valadez, Mexico/Spain, 95 min.
With Mercedes Hernández, David Illescas
“Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of
magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating
power."--Anjana Janardhan, Sight & Sound
Middle-aged Magdalena (Hernández) has lost contact with her son after
he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the
border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what
happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks
on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the
truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (Illescas) has
returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually
his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent
premise, director Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn,
equally constructed of
moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling,
Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at
the Sundance Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Opens 1/22 - open-ended
The Salt of Tears
(Le Sel Des Larmes)
2020, Philippe Garrel, France/Switzerland, 100 min.
With Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra
"There’s an element of light comedy--rather than the more familiar
irony--that feels fresh and invigorating...giving audiences quite a few
chuckles along the way/"--Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
Veteran filmmaker Philippe Garrel once again fashions a
pinpoint-precise and economical study of young love and its
prevarications, which ever so gradually blossoms into an emotionally
resonant moral tale. Handsome Luc (Antuofermo), following in his aging
father’s footsteps as a cabinetmaker, doesn’t appear to have any trouble
meeting and dating women; as the film opens he’s aggressively courting
Djemila (Oulaya Amamra) at a Paris bus stop. Skeptical yet ultimately
trusting, Djemila will not be Luc’s one and only.
Constructed and composed with crystalline austerity,
THE SALT OF TEARS is a thumbnail portrait that demonstrates the
persistent vitality of one of French cinema’s great observers of the
callowness of youth. In French with English subtitles.
Opens 1/22 - open-ended
Rock Camp: The Movie
2021, Renee Barron and Douglas Blush, USA, 87 min.
Summer camp meets SPINAL TAP as we journey to Rock ‘n’ Roll
Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world
gather to shred with their heroes - and learn to rock like the
legends. Rock Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has
been going on in Los Angeles, New York and other cities since 1996.
The brainchild of music producer David Fishof, Rock Camp boasts a
jaw-dropping array of rock star “counselors” that include Roger Daltrey,
Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry,
Jeff Beck, Slash and countless other rock legends. The counselors
teach, inspire and jam with the campers over the course of four days.
Each Rock Camp concludes with all of the counselors and their respective
campers, performing together.
Opens 1/29 - open-ended Atlantis
2019, Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 106 min.
With Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka
"Stunning to watch...sensitively observed and meticulously crafted...a
remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern
European voice."--Nikki Baughan, Screen Slate
A prize-winner at the Venice Film Festival and Ukraine's official
selection for the 2021 Academy Awards, ATLANTIS is a gorgeous and
visionary sci-fi drama. Eastern Ukraine, 2025: a desert unsuitable for
human habitation. Water is a dear commodity brought by trucks. A wall
is being built on the border. Sergiy, a former soldier, is having
trouble adapting to his new reality. He meets Katya while on the Black
Tulip mission dedicated to exhuming the past. Together, they try to
return to some sort of normal life in which they are also allowed to
fall in love again. In Ukrainian and English with English subtitles.
Opens 2/5 - open-ended M.C. Escher: Journey Into Infinity
2018, Robin Lutz, Netherlands, 81 min.
Narrated by Stephen Fry
This intriguing documentary is the story of world-famous Dutch graphic
artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and
psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us
the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from
lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen
Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear
in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George
(92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham
Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the
The film looks at Escher’s legacy, encompassing tributes to his work in
movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout
our culture, testifying to the artist's popular appeal. In Dutch,
English, Italian, and German.
NOW STREAMING IN FILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA
Titles have open-ended closing dates, unless otherwise noted. Click herefor a full list of streaming titles.
Join the Gene Siskel Film
Center's free virtual discussion series, featuring Q&A with
filmmakers and special guests. All times noted below are CT. read more
Museum Town January
Featuring visual artist/sculptor Nick Cave. Date TBD.
SEE THEM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE
These films are available for a limited time only. Catch them before they're gone. read more
Born to Be (Closing 12/30) Tania Cypriano, USA 2019.more info
Fire Will Come (Closing 12/23) Oliver Laxe, Spain/France/Luxembourg 2019
With: Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchezmore info
Divine Love (Closing 12/23) Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay 2019
With: With Dira Paes, Julio Machadomore info
Francisca (Closing 12/23) Manoel de Oliveira, 1981
With: Mário Barroso, Teresa Menezes, Diogo Dóriamore info
Mama Gloria (Closing 12/23) Luchina Fisher, USA 2020more info
Beasts Clawing at Straws (Closing 12/23) Kim Jong-hoon, South Korea 2020
With: Jung Woo-sun, Jeon Do-yeonmore info
Three Summers (Closing 12/23) Sandra Kogut, Brazil 2019
With: Regina Casé, Rogério Fróesmore info
HOW TO GET THE FILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA
To bring you the best in
independent and international film, Gene Siskel Film Center curates its
selection through many different distributors. Price per film may vary,
but all films will be less than the price of a movie ticket. Streaming
is easy, just:
1. Go To SiskelFilmCenter.org and find the movie you want to watch.
2. Click on "Stream Now" button. (You may need to set up an account on the streaming service.)
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 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
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 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