Red-Carpet Slideshow: The Faces and Movies of the 55th Chicago International Film Festival

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Gigi Pritzker, Producer of Opening Night film ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’

CHICAGO – That’s a wrap! The 55th Chicago International Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday, October 27th, brought glam and excitement to a high energy audience of Windy City film buffs. And they brought the star power to the Red Carpet, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, WWE legend C.M. Punk, “Knives Out” and “Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson, Chicago Executive Producer Gigi Pritzker, civil rights icon Jesse Jackson and Blues legend Buddy Guy.

The hardest working man in the celebrity photo business, photographer Joe Arce, attended those Red Carpets – from Opening Night with Gigi Pritzker to Closing Night with Buddy Guy – and shot these Exclusive Portraits from the 55th Chicago International Film Festival. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. 2019CIFF1: Gigi Pritzker, Producer of Opening Night film ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’
  2. 2019CIFF2: Chicago director Jennifer Reeder of ‘Knives and Skin.’
  3. 2019CIFF3: WWE legend C.M. Punk for ‘Girl on the Third Floor.’
  4. 2019CIFF4: C.M. Punk and spouse/wrestler A.J. Lee.
  5. 2019CIFF5: Cast/Director of ‘Girl on the Third Floor.
  6. 2019CIFF6: Director Alysa Nahmias and Hattula Moholy-Nagy of ‘The New Bauhaus.’
  7. 2019CIFF7: Director Chinonye Chukwu of ‘Clemency.’
  8. 2019CIFF8: Director Trey Edward Shults, Taylor Russel and Kelvin Harrison Jr. of ‘Waves’
  9. 2019CIFF9: Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne of ‘The Aeronauts.’
  10. 2019CIFF10: Director Tom Harper, Eddie Redmayne of ‘The Aeronauts.’
  11. 2019CIFF11: Michael Shannon strikes a pose for ‘Knives Out.’
  12. 2019CIFF12: Director Rian Johnson of ‘Knives Out.’
  13. 2019CIFF13: Civil Rights icon Jesse Jackson for ‘Jump Shot.’
  14. 2019CIFF14: Director Jacob Hamilton of ‘Jump Shot.’
  15. 2019CIFF15: Gael García Bernal, director of ‘Chicuarotes.’<
  16. 2019CIFF16: He’s still Standing: Legendary Blues Man Buddy Guy.
  17. 2019CIFF17: Director Jim Farrell of Buddy Guy bio ‘The Torch.’
  18. 2019CIFF18: Quinn Sullivan and Carmen Vandenberg of ‘The Torch.’
  19. 2019CIFF19: Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and Managing Director Vivian Teng of 55th CIFF.

For the Red-Carpet Podtalks with Patrick McDonald of, click their names … Gigi Pritzker, Jennifer Reeder, C.M. Punk and the cast of ‘Girl on the Third Floor,’ Alysa Nahmias, Chinonye Chukwu, Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal and Buddy Guy.

The Chicago International Film Festival is facilitated by Cinema/Chicago, which sponsors film events throughout the year. Click here for more information and a wrap up of the 55th Fest. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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