Chicago International Film Festival 2014: Tickets and Highlights

No need to head to Toronto or Sundance, with The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, bringing more than 150 feature-length and short films to Chicago's AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.) this October.

Celebrating 50 years in 2014, the festival showcases “both innovative new work from around the globe as well as films that pay tribute to our history,” explains Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. Kutza continues, "it has been my great pleasure to bring the most exciting work in contemporary international cinema to our audiences. This year, we also take a look back and shine a spotlight on some of the groundbreaking work that has helped to make the Festival the enduring institution it is.”

Titles of 20 of the 150-plus films from North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and restored classics that will part of the October 9 to 23 screenings were announced today.  The full schedule will be available soon.

Here are some of this year's highlights:

Other announced films include:  “Ablations” (Director: Arnold de Parscau France);  “The Babadook” (Director: Jennifer Kent • Australia);  “Dear White People” (Director: Justin Simien, USA);  “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder” (Director: Arild Fröhlich, Norway); “Force Majeure” (Director: Ruben Östlund, Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway);  “A Girl at My Door” (Director: July Jung • South Korea);  “Human Capital” (Director: Paolo Virzì, Italy);  “Life After Death” (Director: Joe Callander, USA, Rwanda);  “The Midnight After” (Director: Fruit Chan • Hong Kong); “The Owners” (Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov ,Kazakhstan);  “Paris of the North” (Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland);  “La Tirisia” (Director: Jorge Pérez Solano, Mexico); “The Way He Looks” (Director: Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil); and  “Why Be Good?” (Director: William A. Seiter, USA).

Festival Passes

  • Festival passes are on sale now: Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $100 for Cinema/Chicago members, $130 for non-members.
  • OR Passport (20 regular admissions): $190 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 312 683 0121.

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