19th Chicago European Union Film Festival
From March 4 -31, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 19th Chicago European Film Festival," featuring 62 feature films from all 28 EU nations.
The festival will present 9 French language films:
In Harmony (En équilibre)
2015, Denis Dervourt, France, 88 min, with Albert DuPontel, Cécile de France
Sat, March 5, 2 PM
Mon, March 7, 6 PM
Director Dercourt (The Page Turner) draws vivid performances in this fact-based story of an equestrian stuntman (Dupontel), rendered paraplegic by an on-set accident, and the insurance adjuster (de France) sent to settle his claim. In French with English subtitles.
Anton Chekhov 1890 (Anton Tchékhov 1890)
2015, René Féret, France, 96 min, with Nicolas Giraud, Lolita Chammah
Sun, March 6, 3PM
Thu, March 10, 6 PM
This intelligent biopic traces the Russian doctor’s evolution from literary dabbler to committed author, with special focus on his turning-point experience during a visit to the brutal prison colony on Sakhalin Island. In French with English subtitles.
Summertime (La belle saison)
2015, Catherine Corsini, France, 105 min, with Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin
Fri, March 11, 6 PM
Sat, March 12, 6:15 PM
Praised by critics for the candor of its lovemaking scenes and the authentic chemistry between the two principals, this grown-up same-sex romance brings together a closeted farm girl and a previously hetero activist amid the political ferment of 1970s Paris. In French with English subtitles.
2015, Julie Delpy, France, 99 min, with Julie Delpy, Dany Boon
Sun, March 13, 3 PM
Thu, March 17, 6 PM
Rom-com meets cringe-com meets The Bad Seed in this adventurous genre-hopper about a Parisian sophisticate (Delpy) and a provincial klutz (Boon) who hit it off until he is secretly sabotaged by her possessive son. In French with English subtitles
2015, Aleksandr Sokurov, France, 88 min, with Louis-do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath
Wed, March 16, 6 PM
In this companion-piece to Russian Ark, Sokurov again uses an iconic museum as the springboard for a dazzling meditation on art and history. The site this time is the Louvre, with emphasis on the period of the Nazi Occupation. In Russian, French, German, and English with English subtitles.
2015, Xavier Giannoli, France, 129 min, with Catherine Frot, André Marcon
Sun, March 20, 3 PM
Wed, March 23, 6 PM
Based on the true story of a wealthy soprano whose passion for singing opera was matched only by her ear-splitting lack of talent, this delicately balanced, non-snarky portrait (which received eleven César nominations) is poignant and hilarious at the same time. In French with English subtitles.
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (La dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil)
2015, Joann Sfar, France, 93 min, with Freya Mavor, Stacy Martin
Fri, March 25, 2 PM
Thu, March 31, 8:30 PM
In this ultra-stylish makeover of a 1970 film noir, a secretary takes her boss’s Thunderbird for a Riviera joyride, with uncanny consequences. In French with English subtitles.
The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)
2015, Stéphane Brizé, France, 88 min, with Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck
Sat, March 26, 4:15 PM
Lindon won Best Actor at Cannes as a man who goes through the unemployment-system wringer before getting a security job, but he finds that being on the other sie of the power equation has its own dilemmas. In French with English subtitles.
*Closing Night Film!*
Phantom Boy (Phantom Boy)
2015, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium, 84 min
Thu, March 31, 6:30 PM
The directors of the oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris follow that international hit with this noir-inflected romp steeped in soaring fantasy. Alex, a young Manhattan cop laid up with a broken leg, teams with Leo, a sick boy whose out-of-body powers enable him to float ghostlike above the city and become Alex’s invisible partner in the pursuit of a maniacal gangster. Suitable for the whole family. In French with English subtitles.
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