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||CIFF, featuring LGBTQ+ films, running through Oct. 24
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North America's longest-running competitive film festival, this year's event expands throughout Chicago with presentations at venues across the city, including at AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; the Gene Siskel Film Center; special drive-in presentations at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen; and virtual screenings via the festival's streaming platform.
LGBTQ+-themed movies make up a distinct part of CIFF. Eight feature films are competing for the Festival's Q Hugo Award, including the world premiere of Mayor Pete, Jesse Moss' behind the scenes look at the campaign of the first openly LGBTQ Democratic presidential candidate; the North American premiere of Leonardo Brzezicki's drama Wandering Heart; and Isadore Bethel and Francis Leplay's Acts of Love, which was filmed in Chicago and is an exploration of hookup culture, gay sexuality and love. Other features include Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary Flee; World War II historical drama Great Freedom, by Sebastian Meise; Robert Ando's literary adaptation The Hidden Child; Jacques Audiard's Paris, 13th District; and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
Also, there are the Chicago premiere of Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog, a story about a gay rancher who inspires fear and awe in those around him, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee; and The Velvet Underground, from out director Todd Haynes.
This year's Chicago International Film Festival Centerpiece, C'mon C'mon, is described in a press release as "a powerfully resonant and hopeful portrait of our times, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Mike Mills, the accomplished filmmaker of Beginners and 20th Century Women."
Purchase passes at www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/tickets/.
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