Movie buffs beeline for the Windy City as the Chicago Critics Film Festival throws its annual film bash for the fifth year running, giving the public a chance to see some of the hottest unreleased flicks.
Grab some popcorn and settle in at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre, which hosts the CCFF from 12 to 18 May. You’ll enjoy recent festival favourites and box-fresh, undistributed new films from both award-winning filmmakers and talented newcomers chosen by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Expect thought-provoking documentaries, high-impact dramas, foreign shorts and laugh-out-loud comedies, as well as uncategorisable Wild, about a woman who locks a wolf in her home.
Kicking off the fun is convent comedy The Little Hours (Fri 12 May), charting the impact of a handsome young labourer on a repressed medieval nunnery. The closing night is Menashe (Thu 18 May), a touching tale of fatherhood within New York’s ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community. In between, sample films about youth (Beach Rats, Mr Roosevelt, La Barracuda), music (Patti Cake$, Band Aid, and Score: A Film Music Documentary), and aging icons (Lucky with Harry Dean Stanton, Dog Years with Burt Reynolds, and The Hero with Sam Elliott).
Don’t miss Best Actor Oscar-winner Casey Affleck in spooky romance A Ghost Story, and fortysomething love story Dina, which bagged Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. Finally, freak yourself out with Berlin Syndrome, a thriller about obsessive love.
12-18 May, 2017.
Chicago Critics Film Festival / Music Box Theatre / 3733 N Southport Ave / +1 773 871 6607 / chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com