13th Annual European Union Film Festival (March 5-April 1), held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, is the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union (EU) nations. All 27 EU nations are represented in this year’s festival, which includes 59 feature films, all Chicago premieres. The festival features the most provocative film entertainment Europe has to offer, including European blockbusters, edgy avant-garde, escapist comedies, thoughtful documentaries, films by acclaimed directors, and new discoveries.
* Poland *
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2009, Pawel Borowski, Poland, 110 min., with Robert Wieckiewicz, Bogdan Koca
Sunday, March 21, 7:30 pm & Thursday, March 25, 8:00 pm
This marvelously inventive thriller scrambles its way through a densely packed twenty-four hours in an unnamed European metropolis, where the lives of more than forty characters fatefully intersect. A CEO, a hospital worker, a peddler, a gigolo, a duplicitous wife, a short-tempered taxi driver, and scores of others are introduced in absorbing mini-dramas; then, like relay runners, each hands the narrative on to the next, until one sprawling tale encompassing adultery, espionage, murder, child pornography, extortion, and robbery takes shape. In Polish with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Opus Film.
Please visit the Gene Siskel Film Center’s site, http://s65962.gridserver.com/euff2010, for a schedule of all screenings and to purchase tickets.