A Tease Of 20 For The 50th Chicago International Film Festival
By Joel Wicklund in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 25, 2014 7:30PM
The Chicago International Film Festival is still over a month away, but CIFF organizers released a list of 20 films that will play at the fest to entice adventurous moviegoers.
A few potential highlights from this “teaser” list:
- International star Marion Cotillard is the lead in Two Days, One Night, the latest drama from acclaimed Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, The Kid with a Bike).
- Clouds of Sils Maria reunites Juliette Binoche with French writer-director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours). A couple of prominent young American actresses—Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz—co-star in this tale of an actress revisiting her past success.
- Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan, who showed his talent for conveying the creepy with Dumplings, presents a pandemic mystery with dark comic shadings in The Midnight After.
- One of the world’s most admired documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, At Berkely) turns his unobtrusive eye on the National Gallery of London in the aptly titled National Gallery.
- Sure to be a hot ticket for vintage film lovers, 1929’s Why Be Good? was long thought to be a lost film, but it was rediscovered in the late ‘90s. A jazz era comedy that crossed the silent and sound eras, it was released with a synchronized musical soundtrack and sound effects. The film has been restored and is playing theatrically for the first time in decades.
- As this is the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s biggest film festival, nostalgia is sure to abound, including a screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), which had its world premiere at CIFF and helped put the festival on the map.