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Chicago Int. Film Fest includes array of LGBT films
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2012-10-11

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Following are LGBT highlights from the Chicago International Film Festival running Oct. 11-25. See www.chicagofilmfestival.com .

ANY DAY NOW

Director: Travis Fine -USA

In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple — a drag performer (Alan Cumming) and a closeted attorney (Garret Diallahunt) - takes him in and becomes the family he's never had. But, once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to care for as their own in this gripping testament to love and family. 97 min. Part of Outrageous Competition.

MON 10/15 -6:15 PM -EFANY1

WED 10/17 -9:15 PM -EFANY2

THU 10/18 -3:15 PM -EFANY3

THE BELLA VISTA / EL BELLA VISTA

Director: Alicia Cano -URUGUAY/GERMANY

The Bella Vista tells the story of a onetime soccer team's clubhouse in Uruguay. Left abandoned for years, the house is revived as a brothel for the town's transvestite prostitutes, raising the ire of residents who seek to reclaim the building for a Catholic chapel. In capturing the opposing sides of this conflict over a rather small, mundane building, director Alicia Cano creates a lyrical, intimate portrait of a provincial city. Spanish with subtitles. 73 min. Part of Outrageous Competition.

TUE 10/16 -4:00 PM -EFBELL1

SUN 10/21 -4:30 PM -EFBELL2

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME /

TODO EL MUNDO TIENE A ALGUIEN MENOS YO

Director: Raul Fuentes -MEXICO

Alejandra and Maria make an unlikely couple, to say the least. Alejandra is a painfully shy middle-aged intellectual, while Maria is a loud, outgoing teenager attending a private high school. This stylish film explores the joys, complexities, and limitations of love between two very different people. Spanish with subtitles. 100 min.

Part of Outrageous Competition.

SUN 10/21 -1:00 PM -EFEVE1

MON 10/22 -8:00 PM -EFEVE2

TUE 10/23 -2:00 PM -EFEVE3

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

Director: Ira Sachs -IRELAND/UK

A one-night stand between Erik and Paul quickly grows into something more. However, the two men's drastically different attitudes towards work, life, and intimacy, along with Paul's struggles with addiction, soon chip away at their chances of happiness. This sensitive, subtle account of an intense, nine-year on-off relationship tenderly reminds us that love is not always enough. 102 min. Part of Outrageous Competition.

FRI 10/12 -8:30 PM -EFKEE1

SAT 10/13 -2:00 PM -EFKEE2

KERN

Directors: Veronika Franz -Severin Fiala -AUSTRIA

Outrageous, funny, contentious, and talented, prolific Austrian actor and filmmaker Peter Kern is a sheer force of personality. Though Franz and Fiala set out to create a straightforward portrait of the aging artist, the mercurial Kern berates the filmmakers (and anyone else within earshot) every step of the way, and can't help but assert his own sensibilities onto a film in which he is ostensibly the subject. German with subtitles. 98 min.

FRI 10/12 -6:00 PM -EFKER1

SUN 10/21 -3:45 PM -EFKER2

OUT IN THE DARK / ALATA

Director: Michael Mayer -ISRAEL / PALESTINE / USA

Nimer, a Palestinian student, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer. As their relationship deepens into love, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. Nimer soon must choose between love and the life he thought he wanted. Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 96 min.

Part of Outrageous Competition.

SAT 10/13 -8:00 PM -EFOUT1

SUN 10/14 -6:00 PM -EFOUT2

SUN 10/21 -6:15 PM -EFOUT3

WESTERLAND

Director: Tim Staffel -GERMANY

In the midst of a freezing winter on the island of Sylt, Cem comes across Jesus, who is on the verge of committing suicide. The two young men become fast friends, with their friendship unexpectedly threatening to develop into something more. Cem and Jesus — laconic, alienated loners — find their previously uneventful lives starting to spin out of control now that each has someone who means something to him. German with subtitles. 90 min.

Part of Outrageous Competition.

SAT 10/13 -8:30 PM -EFWES1

SUN 10/14 -7:30 PM -EFWES2

SAT 10/20 -12:30 PM -EFWES3


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