51st Chicago International Film Festival Add Spotlight as Closing Night Film

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, 
John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, and Stanley Tucci

(CHICAGO, Oct 6, 2015) - Spotlight has been added to the 51st Chicago International Film Festival as its Closing Night selection. One of the Fall's most talked about and anticipated Festival films, Spotlight be shown at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival on Thurs, Oct 29, 2015 at 7:00pm at AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St, Chicago). The film is scored by one of this year's Festival's Career Achievement Award recipients, Howard Shore.

Spotlight adds to the list of Oscar contenders screening at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, which also includes Carol, Brooklyn, Where To Invade Next, and 45 Years. The Hollywood Reporter asks, "Can 'Spotlight 'deliver Michael Keaton's first Oscar?"

"Spotlight'has everything we love about movies -a great cast, an intriguing story, and just the right dose of controversy," says Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza. "Each year, we make a point to bring films to Chicago that aren't just entertaining, but important and vital works of art. 'Spotlight' is one of those movies." 

"We are thrilled to bring the 51st Festival to a close with such a strong film," added Programming Director Mimi Plauché.

Spotlight opens in select Chicago theaters on November 6, 2015. See its Chicago Premiere at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday, October 29, 2015.

Country: USA
Director: Tom McCarthy
Synopsis: Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
Run Time: 128 min
  • Screening 1: Thursday, October 29; 7:00pm (EFSPOT)

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include its Television Awards, CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education Program. 

This year's Festival slate now includes six World Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 45 U.S. Premieres, and counting! View the 2015 Festival lineup at ChicagoFilmFestival.com/films. Individual tickets and multi-film passes are now available. The full festival schedule is available at ChicagoFilmFestival.com/schedule.

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include Gold Festival Partners: TIAA-CREF, Columbia College Chicago, Wintrust Community Banks; Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Silver Festival Partners: Bloomberg, Intersites; Platinum Media Partners: National CineMedia (NCM), JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine; Gold Media Partners: WTTW11, Time Out Chicago, WBEZ91.5, WXRT-FM, WBBM Newsradio, and The Hollywood Reporter; Bronze Festival Partners: Stella Artois, AARP, Tribune Media; Participating Partners: SundanceNow Doc Club, Whole Foods, Wansas Tequila, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, KIND, OtterBox, Optimus, Sound Investment; Official Vehicle: Volvo; Participating Hotels: Public Chicago, The Whitehall Hotel, theWit and Loews Chicago Hotel; and Cultural Partners: Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Italian Film Commission,  Italian Trade Agency, Polish Film Institute, Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, ANCINE National Cinema Agency of Brazil, and Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. With Foundation and Government support from the National Endowment of the Arts, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, the Illinois Arts Council, and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional support provided by Allstate, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Dark Horse Wine, Effen Vodka, Lavazza, and SkinnyPop.
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