The Chicago International Film Festival kicks off the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 16 with a screening of Motherless Brooklyn as well as Zombieland: Double Tap later that evening. The festival lasts through Sunday, Oct. 27, and features a number of films touching upon LGBT themes. Unless otherwise noted, all films will be screened at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire: A French drama set in the 18th century focuses on the attraction between a reluctant bride and the woman commissioned to paint her portrait. Oct. 17, 5:45 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m.
Carmilla: A vampire tale depicting the relationship between an 18th-century teenager and a young woman who arrives at her estate after a carriage accident. Oct. 17, 8:15 p.m.; Oct 18, 6 p.m.; Oct. 22,1:45 p.m.
Tremors: This Guatemalan drama centers on a gay man forced into conversion therapy. Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2:15 p.m.
Knives and Skin: An Illinois town reels from the disappearance of a teen-age girl. Oct. 18, 9 p.m. ( Note: This screening takes place at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. ); Oct. 19, 9:45 p.m. ( screening at River East 21 )
By the Grace of God: Gay director Francois Ozin appears after the Oct. 22 screening of his new drama about church abuse survivors. Oct. 22, 5:45 p.m.; Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m.
And Then We Danced: A dancer in the largely anti-gay nation of Georgia struggles with his sexuality. Oct. 24, 7:45 p.m.; Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m.
Cunningham: This 3D documentary profiles legendary dancer Merce Cunningham. Oct. 25, 5:45 p.m.; Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.
House of Cardin: The life of fashion designer Pierre Cardin is explored in this documentary. Oct. 25, 2:46 p.m.; Oct. 26 2:45 p.m.
Seahorse: This British documentary centers on a transgender man looking to conceive a child. Oct. 26, 5 p.m.; Oct. 27, 1:15 p.m.
The Prince: In the '70s, a Chilean man is sent to jail, where he forms a close bond with an older fellow prisoner. Oct. 26, 7:15 p.m., Oct. 27, 6:15 p.m.
For tickets and other information, see chicagofilmfestival.com .