Following the recent release of the full festival schedule in recent weeks, the 51st Chicago International Film Festival has announced the films selected for its International Feature Competition. The selected films range in cinematic style and are vying for the Festival’s top honor, the Gold Hugo. This year’s competition showcases an exciting mix of films from Uruguay, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Romania, China, Poland, Chile, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mexico, France, Japan, Israel, and Iran. This year’s International Features Competition is supported and backed by the John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation.
The International Feature Competition is comprised of films that are receiving either their World, U.S., or Chicago Premiere at the Festival at the 51st festival. Highlights include the world premiere of Majid Barzegar’s “A Very Ordinary Citizen,” which co-written by Jafar Panahi. Also included are the critically acclaimed relationship drama “45 Years,” starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, and “Chronic,” the latest film by Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco. Mr. Franco previously won the Chicago International Film Festival’s 2012 Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize for “After Lucia.” Finally featured is Naomi Kawase’s poetic film “Sweet Bean,” about life and sweet pastries. The films in competition include works from veteran directors like Jia Zhang-ke, Corneliu Porumboiu, Arnaud Desplechin and a new generation comprised of the likes of Santiago Mitre, Gabriel Mascaro, the aforementioned Majid Barzegar.
“It has been a great year for movies, so far. The sixteen films competing for the Gold Hugo are strong and diverse,” said Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “This year’s competition includes some of the most anticipated films of the season as well as new discoveries from around the world and we can’t wait to share them with Chicago.” “Year after year the submissions we receive demonstrate the great diversity and excellence of cinema today, making the process of selection for our international competition both challenging and exciting. I am inspired by the creativity and power of these filmmakers,” added Programming Director Mimi Plauché. “I have no doubt that some of these films will be contenders in the upcoming awards season.”
The 51st Chicago International Film Festival is presented by Cinema/Chicago and opens on October 15 and runs through October 29. Tickets are on sale now at the AMC River East 21 box office, the Festival Office on 30 East Adams Street in Chicago, and online or over the phone via Ticketmaster. Be sure to check out the festival website today!