Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round cultural and educational non-profit organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image.
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Julie Taymor visited us in 2002 when we screened her film Frida at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival. Taymor is pictured here with Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival. Frida went on to receive 2 Oscars(R), a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe(R), plus a myriad of other wins and nominations.

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Julie Taymor visited us in 2002 when we screened her film Frida at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival. Taymor is pictured here with Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival. Frida went on to receive 2 Oscars(R), a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe(R), plus a myriad of other wins and nominations.

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This is an ad from our 9th Festival (1973) program book. WXRT, the Festival’s official FM Rock station, has been supporting us for the better part of 40 years! We’re digging the fiercely relaxed unicorn.

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This is an ad from our 9th Festival (1973) program book. WXRT, the Festival’s official FM Rock station, has been supporting us for the better part of 40 years! We’re digging the fiercely relaxed unicorn.

Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festivals Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza stopped by WCIU’s ‘You and Me This Morning’ to talk about the 48th Hugo Television Awards honoring Kelsey Grammer and Optimus Chicago.

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Robert Downey Jr. stands with Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza in front of the Chicago Theater. RDJ received a Career Achievement Award at the 39th Chicago International Film Festival in 2003. His film, The Singing Detective, also screened at the Festival.

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Robert Downey Jr. stands with Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza in front of the Chicago Theater. RDJ received a Career Achievement Award at the 39th Chicago International Film Festival in 2003. His film, The Singing Detective, also screened at the Festival.

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We presented Neil Simon with a Career Achievement Award at the 16th Chicago International Film Festival in November 1980. He is pictured here with critic Rex Reed. 1980 also saw the release of Simon’s Seems Like Old Times, one of our favorite screwball comedies of the last part of the 20th century, starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, who also co-starred in 1978’s Foul Play.

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We presented Neil Simon with a Career Achievement Award at the 16th Chicago International Film Festival in November 1980. He is pictured here with critic Rex Reed. 1980 also saw the release of Simon’s Seems Like Old Timesone of our favorite screwball comedies of the last part of the 20th century, starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, who also co-starred in 1978’s Foul Play.

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We honored Pam Grier with a Career Achievement Award at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival in 1998. Pam is pictured here at our Black Perspectives event talking with Albert Johnson about her career, which spanned from early films like Foxy Brown and The Big Doll House, to films circa 1998 when she visited our Festival like Mars Attacks! and Jackie Brown, to present roles in Larry Crowne and Showtime’s critically-acclaimed series The L Word. 

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We honored Pam Grier with a Career Achievement Award at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival in 1998. Pam is pictured here at our Black Perspectives event talking with Albert Johnson about her career, which spanned from early films like Foxy Brown and The Big Doll House, to films circa 1998 when she visited our Festival like Mars Attacks! and Jackie Brown, to present roles in Larry Crowne and Showtime’s critically-acclaimed series The L Word

Spotlight Middle East

                                
by Mimi Plauche, Head of Programming

From the Festival’s earliest years, we have been proud to showcase the artistic brilliance and storytelling virtuosity that has made Iranian cinema the focus (and envy) of the international film world. It was in 1969 that celebrated director Dariush Mehrjui came to Chicago to present his second film to our audience. Since then, Iranian films have been an important part of our Festival lineup, winning a total of three Gold Hugos and five Silver Hugos throughout the years, including Mehrjui’s The Pear Tree, which was awarded the Silver Hugo in 1993.

Of course, Iranian film is currently bathing in the limelight, with Asghar Farhadi’s incisive and gripping drama A Separation winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Farhadi’s intelligent and beautiful Fireworks Wednesday took the Gold Hugo here at the Festival in 2006, when he gave an equally moving acceptance speech at our own awards ceremony. 

At this year’s 48th Chicago International Film Festival in October, we will be presenting a Spotlight on Middle Eastern Cinema. So, when the Fajr International Film Festival, Iran’s national film festival, invited me to attend this year, I took them up on the offer not only to see the latest yield of films from Iran but also to meet the filmmakers and experience firsthand their city and culture. It was an amazing experience.

Filmmakers, distributors and festival programmers from around the world gathered in Tehran last month. We screened more than 20 new films and met some of the new crop of directors. I also had the opportunity to meet with filmmakers who are longtime friends of our Festival and our city. After Fajr’s Closing Ceremony, at which Mehrjui’s latest film The Orange Suit earned a couple of awards, I met the filmmaker himself. Harried by reporters and cameramen chasing the filmmaker’s remarks, he flashed a big smile when he heard “Chicago” and “Chicago International Film Festival.”

I hope you are as excited as we are about the Iranian films we will be showcasing in the Spotlight Middle East Program in October. Stay tuned!

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