GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC)
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, JANUARY 5-FEBRUARY 1, 2018
THE FILM CENTER REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 5
Construction is on schedule so we will reop-en as planned on Friday, January 5, 2018 with upgraded seats and carpeting and accessibility for those with cochlear implants. Films presented on that day Loving Vincent,
Faces Places, Tom of Finland, White Sun,
and Keep Talking. At each screening there will be complimentary
popcorn and Champagne toasts before the start of each show.
Stranger Than Fiction:Documentary Premieres (January 5-February 1) celebrates the art of the documentary, presenting the Chicago debuts of eight new releases. Twelve different producing nations are represented in films offering perspectives from Chicago to Alaska, and from Israel and Japan to Mexico and Qatar. Showcased in the series are Kartemquin Films’ Keep Talking
(January 5, 11), a saga set in and around Kodiak, Alaska, centering on struggling Native American elders who refuse to let their ancient Alutiiq language die director Karen Weinberg will appear at both screenings; Bobbi Jene (January 6, 9), a portrait of the former Batsheva Dance Company dancer’s return to the US. and her subsequent reinvention; Tokyo Idols (January 12, 18), a look at the uniquely Japanese cult surround-ing young female J-pop stars; The Challenge
(January 13, 15), a glimpse into the very private and beyond extravagant subculture of young oil-rich sheiks and their pursuits in falconry; Beuys January 20, 23, the highly anticipated portrait of the German conceptual artist; No Dress Code Required (January 21, 25), a Mexican couple’s journey to become legally married presented as part of Panorama Latinx;
Shadowman (January 26, 29), which chronicles the tumultuous life of New York street artist Richard Hambleton whose contemporaries were Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring; and 42 Grams
(January 27, 28, 31; February 1), an intimate look at how Chicagoan
Jake Bickelhaupt went from illegally operating a restaurant in his home to helming the two-Michelin
star restaurant, the now-shuttered 42 Grams
director Jack C. Newell will appear at all
screenings. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/strangerthanfiction2018 http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/panoramalatinx
Spring 2018 film/lecture series Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War on Film (January 27-May 9), featuring weekly Tuesday lectures by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, kicks off with
Indochine, Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, starring Catherine Deneuve.
Chicago premiere! Tom of Finland (January 5-18) looks at the life behind the legend, the subject of the biopic of the artist whose erotic drawings of hunky leather clad men influenced the direction of gay culture. Following the Sunday, January 7 screening, director Dom Karukoski will be present via Skype for audience discussion. The Thurs.,
January 11 screening is a Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club event with a post-show discussion facilitated by Richard Knight Jr. http://www.
siskelfilmcenter.org/tomoffinland Chicago premiere! White Sun
(January 5-11):Upon the
death of his father,Maoist
rebel leader Chandra returns to his mountain village, where complex burial traditions are further complicated by tangled allegiances, negotiated with humor and fable-like clarity by director Rauniyar. http://
www.siskelfilmcenter.org/whitesun Consuming seven years of labor and billed as the world's first fully oil-painted feature film, Loving Vincent
(January 5-11) is a compelling, thoroughly researched dramatization of Van Gogh's life. http://
In Faces Places Jan. 5-10, 89-year-old Agnès Varda and her codirector, the photographer and installation artist JR, zigzag across northern France in his van/photo-booth, taking largeformat pictures of the people they meet and turning them into gargantuan murals in the zippiest, zestiest documentary of the year. http://www.
Back by popular demand! The Kartemquin produced documentary
All the Queen’s Horses January 12-17
details how the placid farm town of Dixon, IL, became notorious for the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history, thanks to a flamboyant horse breeder who embezzled $54 million.
Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at the January 13, 16, and 17 screenings.
New digital restoration! Jean Renoir’s long
charged classic, The Crime of Monsieur Lange (January 12-18) is a comedy-romance
murder story about a meek dreamer whose Wild West fantasies lead to a showdown in a Paris courtyard.http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/mlange
First Chicago run! An anthropomorphic bird-child is the hunted innocent and ritual scapegoat in Birdboy
(January 12-18), soaring, adult-oriented animated allegory based on the graphic novel by codirect-or Alberto Vázquez. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx.
Named best documentary of 2017 by the Chicago Film Critics Association,
Jane (January 19-Feb. 1) features new interview material from the vigorous 83-year-old Jane Goodall and a trove of never-before-seen footage of her early explorations that are woven into an intimate portrait of the trailblazing primatologist whose unprecedented access to a chimpanzee community profoundly influenced the way we think about animals and humans.
New digital restoration! Set during the final hours of Joan's life and based on verbatim court records, Carl Dreyer's masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc (January 19-25) is no sanctimonious sermon, but an unrelentingly intense, soul-shaking experience frequently ranked among the handful of greatest films ever made. Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin on January 21.
The sleeper hit My
Friend Dahmer (January 19-25) details the high school years of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, as he deals with bullies, battling parents, and emerging homosexuality, and pursues his hobby of dissolving small dead animals in acid.
Full of adventure and vibrant with girl-power, the beautifully animated tale The Breadwinner
(January 26-February 1), set in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, opens a window on the conflict between extremism and the traditional values of an ancient culture.
First Chicago run! The awe-inspiringly rugged landscape of the North Yorkshire moors forms the backdrop to God’s Own Country (January 26-February 1), a rough-edged love story between two men who ultimately negotiate a passionate truce across a steep divide of culture and resistance. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/godsowncountry
Gene Siskel Movie Club presents Tom of Finland (January 11) featuring a postscreening discussion facilitated by Richard Knight Jr. All ticket holders receive a complimentary beverage.
National Theatre Live presents Follies (January 13), a dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21.
National Theatre Live tickets are $14/
general admission and $8/Film Center members and students.
New digital restoration!
An exhilaratingly ambitious reflection on art, Jacques Rivette’s masterpiece La belle noiseuse (January 19, 20) centers on the psychological duel bet-
ween an aging painter and his reluctant model. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/la-belle-noiseuse
New digital restoration! A writer living on a remote Baltic island celebrating
his birthday when a blast of wind and a shocking broadcast announce the imminent outbreak of World War III in Tarkovsky’s last and perhaps most moving film--The Sacrifice
(January 19, 20, 22, 24)—made in exile while he was dying of cancer.
Oscar Nominations Panel (January 23) features local critics J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader), Sergio Mims (Shadow and Act), Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune), Pamela Powell (FF2 Media), and Ray Pride (Newcity)—as they weigh in on which films are poised to win the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Free admission!
All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) (January 26, 27): Documentary film-maker Michael Galinsky became the personal focus of his own film when his intensifying back aches motivated him to explore the subject of chronic pain, the largely ineffectual conventional treatments for it, and the innovative concepts of the late Dr. John E. Sarno. Codirectors Galinsky and (tentatively) Suki Hawley are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.
Coming in March
Hollywood on State: Where You’re the
Star (March 4): This year we go back to vintage Hollywood with food, film, and libations at Chicago’s longest
running Oscars party. Tickets start at $100. Call 312-846-2600 to
Chicago European Union Film Festival
(March 9-April 5): Entering its 21st year, this festival annually show-cases premieres of more than 60 feature films representing the 28 EU nations, including Bruno Dumont’s unorthodox musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc; searing Romanian documentary The Dead Nation; The German black-comic caper Bye Bye Germany;
Bet on Revenge; tense Irish drama Maze;
Souvenir from Belgium starring Isabel Huppert; British romantic comedy
Anchor & Hope with
Geraldine Chaplin and daughter Oona Chaplin; and biopics Godard mon amour and Nico, 1988. The opening night host country will be Bulgaria and will premiere the zesty tragicomedy. Directionsby Stephan Komanderev on March 9.
All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
Tickets to screening
unless stated otherwise
are $11/general admiss., $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets or through the individual films’ weblinks on
www.siskelfilmcenter.orgThere is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm
Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.
A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.