Films from Poland and Russia at 45th Chicago International Film Festival, Beginning October 9

From Poland:
Case Unknown (Enen) Directed by Feliks Falk. Work is everything to young psychiatrist Konstanty Grot—something his wife often teases him about. But when he brings his patient Pawel home for treatment, Konstanty discovers hidden secrets from Pawel’s past… and endangers his own family in the process. This thoughtful thriller paints a portrait of a man who risks his professional and personal life in the search for justice. Dates: Friday 10/9 4:00pm; Monday 10/12 8:45pm; Thursday 10/15 5:45pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

Little Moscow (Mala Moskwa) Directed by Waldemar Krystek. In the late 1960s, the military moves Russian pilot Yuri and his beautiful wife Vera to the town of Legnica, headquarters for the Soviet Army in Poland. While fraternizing between the Russian occupiers and local Poles is strictly controlled, Vera’s enchanting performance in a singing contest ignites a deep passion in Polish lieutenant Michal and the two must choose between loyalty and love. Seeking truth and redemption in the past, Yuri and his daughter return to Legnica 30 years later. Dates: Saturday 10/10 2:00pm; Tuesday 10/13 8:15pm; Wednesday 10/14 5:45pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

Sweet Rush (Tatarak) Directed by Andzrej Wajda. Treasured director Andrzej Wajda follows up his Oscar®-nominated Katyn with this poignant meditation on nostalgia and loss. A married woman (Wajda regular Krystyna Janda) feels more than maternal affection for a young man who reminds her of the two sons she lost in WWII, only their drama is but a movie being staged within this movie, and perhaps the real story is Janda herself. Dates: Friday 10/9 4:30pm; Sunday 10/11 8:15pm; Monday 10/12 6:15pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

From Russia:
Hipsters (Stilyagi) Directed by Valery Todorovsky. Moscow, 1955. Soviet uniformity is the order of the day, but incurring the wrath of all the grim-faced comrades in Russia isn’t enough to stop a group of young “hipsters” from donning outrageous threads, puffing up their pompadours, pushing up their cleavage, throwing back martinis, and shakin’ their hips. Could this romantic, infectiously fun musical be this year’s Slumdog Millionaire? Director Valery Todorovsky to attend. Dates: Friday 10/9 6:30pm; Saturday 10/10 6:00pm; Sunday 10/11 12:30pm. Location: AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.).

All films screened at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St.). Individual Tickets from $9-12; matinees (before 5pm) for $5. For the complete schedule and more information, please visit http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-FILM.

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