Feature: 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Highlights, Part One

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These films weren’t screened (or we missed ‘em) but look super-interesting to us. Check ‘em out and let us know.

Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin
Photo credit: CIFF

“Blue Ruin”

Blue Ruin is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when her returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Friday, 10/11, 6:15pm
Sunday, 10/13, 8:15pm

“A Thousand Times Good Night”

A Thousand Times Good Night follows driven war photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche in one of her most powerful performances), known for her willingness to tackle risky subjects. While photographing suicide bombers, she is badly hurt in an explosion. When she returns home to Norway, her husband (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and daughter are tired of her risking her life on dangerous assignments. They give her an ultimatum, making her choose between her work and her family.

Saturday, 10/12, 3pm
Monday, 10/14, 8:15pm
Wednesday, 10/16, 12:40pm

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Photo credit: CIFF

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild his country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.

Saturday, 10/12, 5:45pm

“Borgman”

Driven by the authorities from his underground hideout, the enigmatic Camiel Borgman is on the run. Covered in dirt, he arrives at Marina and Richard’s large suburban estate asking to use their shower, thus beginning a game of sly calculation as he insinuates himself into their home. He soon starts to manipulate the family with almost preternatural charisma as his more sinister plans make themselves known in this chilling demonic tale.

Saturday, 10/12, 10pm
Monday, 10/21, 3pm
Wednesday, 10/23, 8:15pm

The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate
Photo credit: CIFF

“The Fifth Estate”

A dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate follows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. But when they gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in US history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society - and what are the costs of exposing them?

Sunday, 10/13, 5:15pm

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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