Broadly speaking, a film festival's programmers can handle news of a new lineup one of two ways: all at once, or nearly; or the drib-drab approach.
Among the known-knowns are several strong pictures that premiered this year at the
Other Cannes competition titles coming to the Chicago festival include the latest from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami,
Documentaries this year in Chicago include "As Goes Janesville," Brad Lichtenstein's account of the
Others announced this week:
"The Cleaner," from Peru, a low-key drama of the apocalypse.
"Coming of Age," from Austria, a love story.
"Don't Click," from South Korea, a cautionary horror movie about a forbidden online video and its effects on those stupid enough to ignore the film's title.
"The Jeffrey Dahmer Files," from the U.S., a documentary about the notorious serial murderer.
"Marie Kroyer," from Danish director Bille August, about a famous painter's wife and her crisis of fidelity.
"A Modest Reception," from
"The Scapegoat," an adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier mystery.
"Tey," from Senegal, about a man whose last day is upon him, and he knows it
More titles to come early next month. Go to chicagofilmfestival.com for more information.
Movies on the radio: In honor of the recent Sight & Sound poll, with extreme reluctance and endless second-guessing, Michael delivers a list of his greatest/most essential/favorite films this week on "Filmspotting," co-hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. 11 p.m. Friday. and midnight Saturday, WBEZ-FM (91.5).
The VistaVision version, truly epic in length, can be heard via podcast on filmspotting.net.