Film News: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Opens 55th Chicago International Film Fest, Oct. 16, 2019

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CHICAGO – The 55th Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night presents one of the most anticipated films of the Fall awards season. “Motherless Brooklyn” is adapted for the screen (from a novel), directed by and features actor Edward Norton. The rest of the powerhouse cast includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and Leslie Mann.

’Motherless Brooklyn’ is the Opening Night Presentation of the 55th Chicago International Film Festival
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Set in 1950s New York City, Edward Norton portrays Lionel Essrog, a private investigator who is mentored by Frank Tinna (Bruce Willis). When Tinna is murdered mysteriously, Essrog seeks to solve the crime, armed with a few clues and an obsessive mind that both suffers and is enhanced by Tourette’s Syndrome. The circumstances of one man’s death reveals secrets that hold the fate of an entire metropolis in the balance. This is Norton’s second directorial effort after “Keeping the Faith” (2000).

The evening will begin with the Opening Night Red Carpet an hour before the 7pm prime showtime (there are other screenings that night, see website for details). The film kicks off 11 days of the 55th Fest presentations.

The Opening Night Film for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival is “Motherless Brooklyn” on October 16th, 2019, at the AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago. The Festival will take place October 16th to October 27th, 2019. Click here for film schedules, information and to purchase tickets. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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