The 51st Chicago International Film Festival has announced the first batch of officials selections for its fest and it’s starting to look familiar. Carol from The Weinstein Company and Youth from Fox Searchlight show up here as they have at many festival announcements already.
Included are international favorites like Thailand’s Cemetery of Splendor from Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Japan’s AN from Naomi Kawase. The Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Dheepan, will also screen.
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]This year, our mission remains the same: to bring Chicago the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, from new discoveries to international prizewinners, and hear directly from the talented people who’ve brought them to us. This year is no different, with filmmakers from China to Mexico and Hollywood to our backyard joining us for what is Chicago’s most thrilling movie event of the year. Here is just a small sampling of this year’s Festival.
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Director: Andrew Haigh • UK
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling deliver award-winning performances in this engrossing marital drama. A couple celebrating their 45th anniversary receive a jolt when they learn that the corpse of a woman from the husband’s past has been discovered in a melting glacier, and he’s listed as her next-of-kin.
Director: Naomi Kawase • Japan
Sweet red bean paste is the filling in this poignant tale of life, compassion, and delicious desserts. An uninspired pastry chef is brought to life when a plucky septuagenarian’s irresistible homemade recipe turns his red bean pancakes into a local hit. The latest from highly regarded Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase is a tasty philosophical dish.
Director: John Crowley • Ireland, UK, Canada
Brooklyn tells the moving story of Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland for the shores of New York, where she finds love. But unexpected developments force her to choose between her family’s home and her adopted land.
Director: Todd Haynes • US
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul • Thailand
Thai surrealist master and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul astounds with a deeply spiritual drama about a group of soldiers who catch a strange coma after disturbing ancient royal graves. While a hospital volunteer nurses the ill, spirits lull us into a captivating cinematic dreamscape.
The 51 Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 15-29, 2015.
Full list of initial official selections can be found here.