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North America’s Largest Showcase Of EU Cinema, March 8-April 4, 2019

This year’s festival features 60 features from 28 nations,
with one-third directed by women

Entries from Ireland are Float Like a Butterfly, with filmmakers in person,
and The Image You Missed

CHICAGO—A highlight of the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual programming calendar is its 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase of European Union cinema in North America, featuring all Chicago premieres of 60 films from all 28 current EU nations. One third of the films are directed or co-directed by women.

From Ireland will be The Image You Missed (March 15, 18) and Float Like a Butterfly (March 29, 30. For the latter film, director Carmel Winters and production designer Toma McCullim are scheduled to appear at both screenings.

Carmel Winters and Toma McCullim in person!
Float Like a Butterfly
2018, Carmel Winters, Ireland, 101 min.
With Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney

Friday, March 29, 8:00 pm & Saturday, March 30, 5:00 pm

“Gloriously unruly…[a] crowd-pleasing combination of girl power and heart-swellingly lovely Irish traditional songs.”--Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

From the producers of Once and Sing Street comes this triumphant, rowdy, music-filled tale of a fifteen-year-old Irish traveler girl with a hero-worshipper’s love for Muhammad Ali and a fierce yen to step into the ring herself. The ostracized gypsy caravan of young
Frances’s (Doupe) clan has been stalked by tragedy and trouble from her earliest childhood, and her dad has drunk away even the family’s paltry savings.  Rural Ireland is touched by the social upheaval of the Sixties, old ways are chaotically giving away to new, and Frances defies tradition that would have her soon married off to any man who
can ante up a bride price to her dad. Making liberal use of Irish traditional tunes, director Winters (Snap) takes her spunky heroine on a rousing and empowering journey that doesn’t spare a look at the dark side as Frances fights for the right to a self-determining future. Winner of the FIPRESCI (International Critics) award at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Westend Films Ltd.  

Director Carmel Winters and production designer Toma McCullim are scheduled to appear at both screenings.

The Image You Missed
2018, Donal Foreman, Ireland/France, 74 min.

Friday, March 15, 8:15 pm & Monday, March 18, 6:15 pm

“Engagingly and quietly rewarding.”--Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

An Irish son reaches across time and space for a connection with the long-gone father he hardly knew, in this poignant personal documentary steeped in iconic imagery of Northern Ireland’s Troubles. A decade after the death of his father, American-born documentary director Arthur MacCaig (The Patriot Game), Foreman sorts through an apartment packed with the man’s papers, books, photos, and cans of film footage,
finding in this legacy of a lauded career not one image of the young son that MacCaig had abandoned so many years before. Searing imagery from MacCaig’s film work, which closely recorded the actions of IRA operatives, is the public face of The Image You Missed, but its flip side is the selected autobiography that Foreman creates from his own home movies and photos, in which the empty space where a father should
be looms large. DCP digital. Courtesy of Adam Sekuler.  

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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 each screening--unless stated otherwise—are $11/general admission, $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 or through the individual films’ weblinks on www.siskelfilmcenter.org. There 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.

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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 visitwww.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.
 
Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
 
The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
 
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to 88,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
 
About Panorama Latinx
Panorama Latinx is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American programming. The Film Center engages the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers educational screenings, and community partnerships. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/panoramalatinx

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.

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