Saturday, December 26, 2020

Streaming soon at the GSFC: NIGHT SHIFT; ACASA, MY HOME; ROCK CAMP: THE MOVIE + more!

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New releases will be available beginning 12:00 p.m. CT the day the film is available, unless noted

Opens 1/8 - open-ended
Night Shift
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, shattering conclusion. 

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 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
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 1970s.

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.

Titles have open-ended closing dates, unless otherwise noted.  Click here for a full list of streaming titles.
Another Round

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
Featuring visual artist/sculptor Nick Cave. Date TBD. 

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 Sánchez 
more info

Divine Love (Closing 12/23)
Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay 2019
With: With Dira Paes, Julio Machado 
more info

Francisca (Closing 12/23)
Manoel de Oliveira, 1981
With: Mário Barroso, Teresa Menezes, Diogo Dória
 more info

Mama Gloria (Closing 12/23)
Luchina Fisher, USA 2020 more info

Beasts Clawing at Straws (Closing 12/23)
Kim Jong-hoon, South Korea 2020
With: Jung Woo-sun, Jeon Do-yeon 
more info

Three Summers (Closing 12/23)
Sandra Kogut, Brazil 2019
With: Regina Casé, Rogério Fróes 
more info

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:
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