Mar 01 2010

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SOURCE: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/euff2010

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 13th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. All 27 EU nations are represented in this year’s festival, which includes 59 feature films, all Chicago premieres.

The festival brings the best of Europe to the Midwest, with films by well-known directors including Peter Greenaway (REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE), Jacques Rivette (AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN), Neil Jordan (ONDINE), Catherine Breillat (BLUEBEARD), Amos Gitai (DISENGAGEMENT), Bruno Dumont (HADEWIJCH), Jan Hrebejk (SHAMELESS), Caroline Link (A YEAR AGO IN WINTER), and more, as well as films by new directors just making their impact outside of their native countries.

According to our festival custom, the festival opening celebration is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 5, our host is the Honorable Javier Ruperez, Consul General of Spain, who will introduce the opening night film THE DANCER AND THE THIEF by Fernando Trueba. This was Spain’s designated Academy Awards contender this year, and is a fanciful tale of love and crime by the director of the 1994 Oscar-winning BELLE EPOQUE.

In all, the festival includes nine films that were selected to represent their nations in this year’s competition for Best Foreign-language Film. In addition to THE DANCER AND THE THIEF, we screen the official Academy Awards contenders from Belgium (THE MISFORTUNATES), Bulgaria (THE WORLD IS BIG BUT SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER), Estonia (DECEMBER HEAT), Greece (SLAVES IN THEIR BONDS), Hungary (CHAMELEON), Luxembourg (DRAFT DODGERS), Slovakia (BROKEN PROMISE), and Slovenia (LANDSCAPE NO. 2).

Whether you crave thrillers, love stories, crime dramas, comedies, historical epics, or documentaries, this festival has them all. Tasty thrillers include THE BONE MAN (Austria), THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Sweden), ZERO (Poland), PERRIER’S BOUNTY (Ireland), and 25 CARAT and CELL 211 (both Spain). Comedy-dramas, most often with a romantic twist, include FAINTHEART (UK), CHAMELEON (Hungary), FRENCH GIGOLO (France), SMALL CRIME (Cyprus), and GORDOS (Spain).

Trade paper Variety recently noted that films with a Holocaust theme, whether fiction or documentary, are a strong presence on the world scene, dominating this year’s awards season. Tracking this trend, the festival includes BROKEN PROMISE (Slovakia), DRAFT DODGERS (Luxembourg), and the documentaries MODUS OPERANDI (Belgium), and HARLAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SÜSS (Germany).

Of special note, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum appears on March 24, for a discussion accompanying the Finnish documentary HELSINKI, FOREVER.

We close the festival on April 1 with Academy Award-nominated Irish animation THE SECRET OF KELLS. Critics hailed the nomination as one of this year’s greatest Oscar-season surprises. Be the first to see it on closing night, or come back for our weeklong run of the film, April 2–8.

The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the consulates, the consuls general, and the cultural institutes of the European Union in Chicago, and their embassies in Washington, D.C., for their enthusiastic participation. We especially salute the efforts of all those who served on the festival planning committee.

–Barbara Scharres and Martin Rubin

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SOURCE: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/euff2010

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 13th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. All 27 EU nations are represented in this year’s festival, which includes 59 feature films, all Chicago premieres.

The festival brings the best of Europe to the Midwest, with films by well-known directors including Peter Greenaway (REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE), Jacques Rivette (AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN), Neil Jordan (ONDINE), Catherine Breillat (BLUEBEARD), Amos Gitai (DISENGAGEMENT), Bruno Dumont (HADEWIJCH), Jan Hrebejk (SHAMELESS), Caroline Link (A YEAR AGO IN WINTER), and more, as well as films by new directors just making their impact outside of their native countries.

According to our festival custom, the festival opening celebration is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 5, our host is the Honorable Javier Ruperez, Consul General of Spain, who will introduce the opening night film THE DANCER AND THE THIEF by Fernando Trueba. This was Spain’s designated Academy Awards contender this year, and is a fanciful tale of love and crime by the director of the 1994 Oscar-winning BELLE EPOQUE.

In all, the festival includes nine films that were selected to represent their nations in this year’s competition for Best Foreign-language Film. In addition to THE DANCER AND THE THIEF, we screen the official Academy Awards contenders from Belgium (THE MISFORTUNATES), Bulgaria (THE WORLD IS BIG BUT SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER), Estonia (DECEMBER HEAT), Greece (SLAVES IN THEIR BONDS), Hungary (CHAMELEON), Luxembourg (DRAFT DODGERS), Slovakia (BROKEN PROMISE), and Slovenia (LANDSCAPE NO. 2).

Whether you crave thrillers, love stories, crime dramas, comedies, historical epics, or documentaries, this festival has them all. Tasty thrillers include THE BONE MAN (Austria), THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Sweden), ZERO (Poland), PERRIER’S BOUNTY (Ireland), and 25 CARAT and CELL 211 (both Spain). Comedy-dramas, most often with a romantic twist, include FAINTHEART (UK), CHAMELEON (Hungary), FRENCH GIGOLO (France), SMALL CRIME (Cyprus), and GORDOS (Spain).

Trade paper Variety recently noted that films with a Holocaust theme, whether fiction or documentary, are a strong presence on the world scene, dominating this year’s awards season. Tracking this trend, the festival includes BROKEN PROMISE (Slovakia), DRAFT DODGERS (Luxembourg), and the documentaries MODUS OPERANDI (Belgium), and HARLAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SÜSS (Germany).

Of special note, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum appears on March 24, for a discussion accompanying the Finnish documentary HELSINKI, FOREVER.

We close the festival on April 1 with Academy Award-nominated Irish animation THE SECRET OF KELLS. Critics hailed the nomination as one of this year’s greatest Oscar-season surprises. Be the first to see it on closing night, or come back for our weeklong run of the film, April 2–8.

The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the consulates, the consuls general, and the cultural institutes of the European Union in Chicago, and their embassies in Washington, D.C., for their enthusiastic participation. We especially salute the efforts of all those who served on the festival planning committee.

–Barbara Scharres and Martin Rubin

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