Your Guide to the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

Your Guide to the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

It's time for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival to descend upon the Windy City, bringing 150 films from over 50 countries to AMC River East 21 from October 11 - 25. This year's spotlight is on the Middle East, featuring film premiers from Egypt, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

The festival kicks off with the Opening Night Gala tomorrow night. Catch a glimpse of Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Juliana Margulies for the screening of their new movie, "Stand Up Guys," at the Harris Theater.

There is a crazy amount of amazing movie screenings. Since I obviously haven't seen any of the movies, I can't give you any recommendations. However, I've gone to the festival many times and have always enjoyed myself. This year I plan to check out "Off White Lies," "Postcards from the Zoo" and "The Sessions." I'm also going to try to stalk Helen Hunt because "Mad About You" was one of my favorite shows ever.

For more celebrity appearances check out the screening of "Cloud Atlas" on Wednesday, October 17 and "Flight" on Thursday, October 25. The film's directors will all be in attendance. You can also hear from the famous Joan Allen, a founding member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, in An Evening with Joan Allen as she receives a career achievement award.

But that's not all! There are panels, receptions and after-parties and a Black Perspectives Tribute featuring the outstanding Viola Davis.

I'm so overwhelmed! Since there's no way I could cover everything about the festival, leave a comment with your suggestions.



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