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Sooner Than You Think: Chicago International Film Festival

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 7, 2010 5:20PM

Big Tits Zombie, screening at CIFF
Quit yer bellyachin' about the end of the summer. The 46th Chicago International Film Festival opens one month from today, and if the sneak preview is any indication, the lineup will be more than adequate consolation for lower temps and shorter days. (Besides, when you're in a darkened theater who needs daylight?)

The festival runs October 7-21. Stone, starring Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton, is a typical Opening Night, star-driven "meh" selection. More exciting (for us, anyway) are new movies from Stephen Frears (Tamara Drewe), Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier), and former Chicagoans Ben Berkowitz (Polish Bar) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives took home the top prize at Cannes earlier this year. And those won't be the only local folks at CIFF: David Schwimmer's new drama Trust, starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, is screening too (based on a play that ran at Lookingglass earlier this year), as well as Carmen Marron's Go For It! On the trashy side of things is irresistibly-titled Big Tits Zombie, a 3-D (!) horror comedy from Japan that pits a band of brassy strippers against the living dead.

The AMC River East 21 will be the main venue again this year. Festival passes are already on sale, and you can use promo code 46FEST10 until 9/21 for $10 off your order. Check back here on Chicagoist later this month when we'll offer our rundown of the full schedule.