Category: chicago international film festival 2016

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, by Aaron Pinkston

Steve James has made a career out of documenting the lives of the unfortunate and underserved, from those fighting gang activity on the most violent neighborhoods of Chicago to the young people in these same neighborhoods with little opportunity to...

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: Things to Come, by Aaron Pinkston

Things to Come is a pretty simple character study following a woman (Isabelle Huppert) whose life is on the verge of disarray. However, it doesn’t have the same kind of structural or formal dynamism as director Mia Hansen-Løve’s sprawling EDM...

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: A Quiet Passion, by Aaron Pinkston

A Quiet Passion could be the title of most Terence Davies films, so it is particularly fun that the film called A Quiet Passion is, at least at times, an outlier for the filmmaker. Chronicling the adult life of poet...

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: Christine, by Aaron Pinkston

When one first hears about Christine Chubbuck, it is impossible not to wonder how it all ended up like this. We have become inundated with tragic stories of mass shooters and bombings, but a news reporter committing suicide live on...

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: The Autopsy of Jane Doe, by Aaron Pinkston

Back in 2010, Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal hit the indie scene with the fantastic horror mockumentary Trollhunter. His follow-up, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, is a radically different film—instead of the massive special effects driven epic, it takes place in...

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Chicago International Film Festival 2016: The Confessions, by Aaron Pinkston

A group of characters from different backgrounds and parts of the world are brought together to a secluded location at the request of a troubled figurehead—with no other details, this may sound like a more diverse version of The House...