The Chicago International Film Festival is doing the right thing by dedicating its October 10th opening night to Roger Ebert, the man who, for more than 40 years, was the beloved face (and the thumb) of film criticism.
The Festival’s Opening Night Film, The Immigrant, directed by James Gray and starring Academy Award®-winning actress Marion Cotillard (in her first English-language lead role), Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner will take a step back before showing in order to honor the man who was the movies with a short video tribute to Roger Ebert, who died this year on April 4.
“Roger has been an integral part of the Chicago International Film Festival from its earliest days,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “He long supported our mission of introducing Chicago moviegoers to the newest and brightest filmmakers from around the world. He leaves a strong legacy not only through his website, where a large roster of top critics continue in his footsteps, but in the works of many filmmakers who fell in love with the movies through his reviews.”
Over the years Ebert collaborated with the Festival on such projects as the special appearance of Kim Novak during a presentation of the restored Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and discussions with luminaries including George Cukor, Sydney Pollack and Alan Parker. Ebert credited the event for introducing him to the work of Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Gregory Nava.
Chaz Ebert, Roger’s wife and publisher of the Roger Ebert website that she co-founded with her husband, thanked the Festival for their support and Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza "for honoring Roger once more." Chaz Ebert will be at the opening night ceremony.
Opening Night Ticket Information
Tickets for Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at the Festival Store or by in person at The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.) box office (Monday to Friday, 12-6 pm). Film-only tickets are: Balcony, $25 for Cinema/Chicago members and $30 for non-members; Main Floor, $30 for Cinema/Chicago members and $35 for non-members. VIP Ticket packages including a main floor seat and admission to the after-party at The Preston Bradley Hall of The Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St., 4th Floor) are priced at $150 per ticket.
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