Sarah Silverman at the Chicago International Film Festival
- Screening 1: Thurs, Oct 22; 2:30pm
- Screening 2: Fri, Oct 23; 5:45pm
Director: Ella Raidel
Synopsis: This surreal, exquisitely framed documentary looks at the construction of a near-exact replica of a scenic Austrian town-cobblestone by cobblestone-in an undeveloped Chinese tract of land. In a style both entrancing and playful, the film questions the difference between real and imagined, model and reality, raising thought-provoking questions about the nature of authenticity and happiness. Features insightful interviews with urban planners, designers, and trailblazing Beijing architect Ma Yansong.
- Screening 1: Sun, Oct 25; 6:00pm
- Screening 2: Tues, Oct 27; 4:00pm
Director: Vahid Hakimzadeh
Synopsis: In this stunningly composed meditation on space and human relationships, an adrift Iranian architect, a disengaged Japanese couple, and a Lithuanian mixed martial arts fighter search for connection in modern Japan. From the stylishly designed shops of Tokyo to a minimalist glass suburban home to a mysterious tree house in the woods, Greater Things reveals the strange places we inhabit, and how they can both unite and divide us.
- Screening 1: Fri, Oct 16; 5:45pm
- Screening 2: Sat, Oct 17; 1:45pm
Synopsis: World-renowned for his progressive architecture and constant innovation, Helmut Jahn has designed 16 buildings in Illinois, including Chicago's own United Airlines Terminal. He has also designed skyscrapers in major cities around the world, from Brussels and Rotterdam to Bangkok, Shanghai, and Berlin, which boasts his celebrated Sony Center. Jahn will discuss his remarkable 49-year career in architecture and his unique vision, using clips from modern and classic films that showcase his designs and reflect his philosophy.
- Screening 1: Sat, Oct 17; 6:00PM
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Romano Montesarchio
Synopsis: Welcome to Parco Saraceno, a derelict neighborhood in southeast Italy. Built in the 1960s, its run-down houses once held the promise of suburban coastal bliss. Now home to a community of squatters, the development is a portrait of both poverty and resilience. Without power or resources, the residents persevere, finding new ways to live among the ruins and maintain their way of life-and their dignity.
- Screening 1: Tues, Oct 20; 7:45pm
- Screening 2: Wed, Oct 21; 11:30am
Director: Ila Beka, Louise Lemoine
Synopsis: Copenhagen's "8 House," an ultramodern loop of apartments created by architect Bjarke Ingels, reinvents the concept of "home." Its 500 residents can traverse all nine floors by bike while their kids attend kindergarten on the ground floor. This exuberant documentary profiles the (mostly) happy residents, including a group of children who experience the best scavenger hunt ever, offering a hopeful, inspired picture of communal living by design.
- Screening 1: Sat, Oct 17; 2:15pm
- Screening 2: Wed, Oct 21; 11:30am
Director: Mark Lewis
Synopsis: A meditative sensory experience from Canadian avant-garde artist Mark Lewis, Invention intimately explores our relationship to the physical space around us. Long, luxurious tracking shots take the viewer through museum works and modern cityscapes in Toronto, São Paolo, and Paris, panning and tilting at improbable angles to give a fresh perspective on the everyday. Echoes of Koyaanisqatsi and Man With a Movie Camera infuse this poem of modern life.
- Screening 1: Fri, Oct 16; 7:30pm
- Screening 2: Wed, Oct 17; 12:30pm
Synopsis: From subways to skyscrapers, from antique monasteries to ornate mansions, from shuttered old theaters to the inimitable La Scala, this stunning omnibus feature captures the soul and majesty of the northern Italian city. Six Italian directors explore different facets of contemporary Milan. The result is a rich and eclectic portrait of urban life and spaces-both rooted in history and bursting with a diversity of architecture and humanity.
- Screening 1: Wed, Oct 21; 8:15pm
- Screening 2: Thurs, Oct 22; 12:00pm
Director: various directors
Synopsis: Chicago's rich architectural tradition has long been a hallmark of the Windy City. In this evocative collection of shorts culled from the Chicago Film Archives dating from 1962 to 1976, go back in time to witness its urban glories. The films include dynamic "city-symphonies," an ode to stainless steel, and an admiring portrait of Louis Sullivan's Stock Exchange building and its woeful demolition.
- Screening 1: Sat, Oct 24; 2:00pm
Director: Gregorio Graziosi
Synopsis: When a complacent young architect in São Paulo discovers a burial ground at the site of his first construction project, he must reckon with hidden secrets that make him question the very foundation of his heritage. An entrancing meditation on urban alienation and repressed national memory filmed in stark, exquisitely composed black-and-white, Obra is a haunting portrait of contemporary Brazil in flux.
- Screening 1: Fri, Oct 16; 5:00pm
- Screening 2: Sun, Oct 18; 12:15pm
- Screening 1: Sat, Oct 24; 2:45pm
Director: Aleksey German Jr.
Synopsis: In 2017 Russia, exactly 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution, the world is on the verge of a new great war. An unfinished skyscraper looms on the horizon, casting an emblematic shadow over a society about to collapse. With breathtaking sci-fi imagery, this wildly strange magical realistic film interweaves the stories of seven individuals, from an architect to a Kyrgyz laborer, as it explores a dystopian dreamscape.
- Screening 1: Sun, Oct 25; 7:45pm
- Screening 2: Tue, Oct 27; 8:15pm
Director: Di Xia Xiang
Synopsis: On the rapidly urbanizing outskirts of Beijing, Yong Le spends his days scouring homes scheduled for demolition for furniture to pawn and his nights in the sub-basement of a high-rise apartment building. After an accident blinds him, a nightclub dancer, hoping to secure a day job with a real estate developer, nurses him back to health. Produced by Tsai Ming-Liang, the film adapts his signature meditative social realism, revealing a world in which everyone, literally and figuratively, is looking to move up.
- Screening 1: Sun, Oct 18; 6:00pm
- Screening 2: Mon, Oct 19; 5:15pm
- Screening 3: Tue, Oct 20; 12:30pm
Director: Alessio Bozzer
Synopsis: A portrait of the famous radical Italian designer and progenitor of the Maker Movement, this informative, playful documentary traces Michele De Lucchi's personal experiments and provocations. With De Lucchi serving as his own narrator, the film examines his pioneering achievements with the design movement Memphis, including the stripped-down "First Chair," the Oceanic Lamp, and a spectacular LED-lit bridge in Tbilisi, Georgia.
- Screening 1: Thurs, Oct 22; 6:00pm
- Screening 2: Mon, Oct 26; 3:30pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Oct 14; 6:00pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Oct 28; 6:00pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Nov 18; 6:00pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Nov 4; 6:00pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Dec 9; 6:00pm
- Screening 1: Wed, Oct 21; 6:00pm