Chicago International Film Festival 2010: A Guide to Shows, Venue and Tickets.

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Actor Edward Norton on the red carpet before the opening night premiere of “Stone” at the Chicago International Film Festival. Chris Sweda/Tribune photo.

From Cannes to Chicago.
The 46th Chicago International Film Festival is up and running featuring over 150 films from the top films at Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance to documentaries, cutting-edge short films and even a 3-D extravaganza from Japan.  Through October 21, 2010.

Ten Shows to See.
It is nearly impossible to see all the offerings at the Film Fest in just two weeks. 
The list compiled below gives viewers a cross-section of the offerings taking in shorts, documentaries, blockbusters, the outrageous and more.

1. “A Screaming Man” (Oct. 12, 13 and 16) is getting a lot of hype. The storyline tells the tale of a pool attendant whose son replaces him on his job.

2. “Big Tits Zombie” (Oct. 13, 15 and 16). Japanese with subtitles.  Part of the “After Dark”

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3-D Spectacular, “Big Tits Zombie.”

series, the 3-D spectacle pits brassy strippers against a horde of the undead.

3. “Certified Copy” (October 9 and 11) directed by Iranian visionary Abbas Kiarostami and starring  Juliette Binoche and William Shimel is a flirtatious drive through the beautiful Italian countryside.

4. “Illinois(e)makers” (Oct. 11,17 and 19) is a series of eight shorts by Illinois filmmakers ranging in length from 7 minutes to 17 minutes.

5. “Circus Kids” (Oct. 9 and 10), English with Hebrew subtitles is a world premiere documentary, part of the “Docufest” series, that follows a St. Louis youth circus troupe on their journey to perform with a mixed Jewish/Arab troupe in Israel.

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Candy Darling.

6. “Beautiful Darling” (Oct. 15 and 16).  Part of the “OUTrageous”
series, the 84 minute film by director James Rasin (USA) features
transgender pioneer Candy Darling who played muse to some of the ’60s
and 70s biggest artists from Andy Warhol films to Tennessee Williams.
plays.  (Rasin is scheduled to attend the Oct. 15 screening).

7. “Michel Ciment, The Art of Sharing Movies” (Oct. 17)  French with subtitles.  Meet France’s answer to Roger Ebert, in this 58 minute “Film on Film” series that explores the visionary French director.  Perfect for film junkies or anyone with an interest in film.
 
8. “My Joy” (Oct. 12, 14 and 19) Follows a truck driver and his encounters with an unusual cast of characters.

9.  “Black, White and Blues” (Oct. 12, 14 and 18).  This film, part of the “Black Perspectives” series that showcases films that celebrate black cultures around the world is a comedy road-trip as two unlikely men form a bond as they journey to Alabama to claim an inheritance.

10. “Tuesday, After Christmas” (Oct. 8, 9 and 12).  Romanian with subtitles.  A playful romance with a big obstacle

Venue.
MC River East 21.
322 E Illinois St.

Tickets.
Phone.
Call the Chicago International Film Festival hotline at (312) 332-FILM ($4 handling fee) or Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply). Tickets purchased by phone need to be reserved no later than 24 hours in advance.
Online.
To buy Festival Passes only visit the Festival Store on our website. To purchase individual tickets check us out at www.ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival. Purchase your tickets online and use Ticketmaster’s TicketFast feature to get accessible, convenient ticket delivery via e-mail (additional fees apply). Print your tickets from home and skip the line at the box office. www.chicagofilmfestival.com
In Person.
At the Box Office at  AMC River East 21 (7 days a week, Noon-8PM ).  During the festival (October 9 – 21), tickets will be on sale from noon until the start of the last show.  322 E Illinois St.  Or at the Festival Office: (Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM ) 30 E. Adams, Suite 800.

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