49th Chicago International Film Festival

International_movies_webOn Oct. 10, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival opened with “The Immigrant,” directed by James Gray, at The Chicago Theatre on 175 N. State St. The red carpet event started at 6 pm.

“For 49 years, we have introduced audiences to the work of innovative new filmmakers while also celebrating the latest by the masters of world cinema,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Michael Kutza. “James Gray is, without a doubt, one of America’s preeminent talents. The Immigrant is a testament to his brilliance. It is at once intimate and epic, classic yet immediately relevant.”

The Opening Night Gala was dedicated to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, a long-time supporter and friend of the Festival.

Mexico at the 49th International Film Festival

The 49th International Film Festival has officially arrived in Chicago. It will continue until October 24 and it will take place at the AMC River East on 322 E. Illinois. The festival will feature movies from more than 13 countries and a few of them are from Mexico.

Heli_web“Heli”
Director: Amat Escalante
Spanish with subtitles:
95 minutes
10/19 – 9:30 p.m.
10/21- 8:30 p.m.
Factory worker Heli lives a modest life with his father and his sister Estela in rural Mexico. In a misguided attempt to finance his elopement with the 12-year-old Estela, police cadet Beto steals two large packages of cocaine, setting off a string of increasingly bloody consequences.

 

 

La-Lauja_web“La Jaula de Oro”
Director: Diego Quemada-Deíz
Spanish with subtitles:
102 minutes
10/16 – 8 p.m.
10/17 – 6 p.m.
10/22 – 1:15 p.m.
* Director scheduled to attend.
Three Guatemalan teens depart on the treacherous 1,200-mile trek towards the United States, riding atop dilapidated trains in the hope of finding a new life. Together they must undergo an unrelenting, arduous journey in which no one they meet can be trusted and catastrophe waits around every corner.

 

 

Puragatorio_web“Purgatorio”
Director: Rodrigo Reyes
English, Spanish with subtitles:
80 minutes
10/22 – 8:30 p.m.
10/23 – 6:30 p.m.
By turns beautiful, brutal, and eye-opening, Rodrigo Reyes’ documentary offers a thoughtful portrait of the US-Mexico border. His wide-ranging aesthetic inquiry incorporates interviews with border-crossers, coroners, dogcatchers, police, and others on both sides, tying these disparate stories together through stunning imagery that depicts the border as an almost mythic place.

 

 

Workers_web“Obreros”
Director: José Luis Valle
Spanish with subtitles:
120 minutes
10/12 – 12:15 p.m.
10/13 – 8:00 p.m.
10/17 – 3:15 p.m.
After decades of working in a Tijuana factory, Rafael finds that, due to a technicality, he won’t be receiving a pension. Lidia works as a maid whose demanding boss devotes all her attention to her dog Princess. When her boss dies and leaves her fortune entirely to Princess, Lidia finds herself working for a canine millionaire.

 

For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-FILM.

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