For movie buffs looking to avoid the major movie theaters in Chicago, here’s a sampling of films screening around the Windy City from November 1 through 7.
Chicago Premier: Feed the Fish
Feed the Fish premiers in Chicago November 2, with a visit from Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub. Landmark Theatre at the Centure Centre Cinema hosts The Midwest Independent Film Festival the first Tuesday of every month. Feed the Fish, comedy, revolves around a children’s book author trying to recapture his own youth.
Three Films Intriguing Critics Screening in Chicago
November 6, The Island Inside is playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center. After their schizophrenic father commits suicide, three grown children stumble around the Canary Islands grieving and pursuing unrequited love in this dark drama.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story that a self-inflicted five days among the insane is where a depressed high school student learns how life really works. Although critics site a rather average coming-of-age story, performances by several comedians as patients (not exactly comedic) make it notable. Playing at Landmark’s Century Centre and Logan.
FrICTION, Cullen Hoback’s $100-to-make movie, comes to the Gene Siskel Film Center for a screening with the director present. FrICTION ponders: “What happens when people are scripted to behave badly?” After two years in limbo over “moral issues”, Hoback revived the project.
Polish Film Festival in America
The 22nd Polish Film Festival in America, one of Chicago’s premier film events, will take place from November 5 to 21, 2010.
While the majority of films are subtitled, After Life, starring Christina Ricci, is one of the few in English. Check out a YouTube trailer for the movie, the feature debut for director Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, about a woman, presumed dead, held captive by a creepy undertaker.
11/6: Erratum, honored as the Best Polish Debut at the 35th Polish Film Festival in Gdyniaon, will be featured in Chicago’s Polish Film Festival. “Erratum”, a printed mistake due to mechanical error: which erratum does the title refer? On an errand for his boss, Tomasz Kot returns to his hometown where he accidentally kills a drunk itinerant and must stick around the small town for car repairs. As he attempts to discover the identity of the man he killed, he also reconnects with his estranged father. Erratum will be showing at Facets on Saturday, November 6, at 5:30 pm.
Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival
Celebrating its 29th Reeling begins November 4. Opening night, Children of God, will be featured with director, Kareem Mortimer, and actor, Mark Ford, in attendance. A preacher, in the closet, tries to keep everyone else there. Religion, hypocrisy, and the price of prejudice: picture-perfect fairytale ending doubtful, but set in The Bahamas, at least the scenery will be picturesque.
Oscar Wilde asserted the only way to get truth from a person was to give him a mask. Strapped tells the tale of a hustler who wears a different mask for each of his clients, and after a long, hard night of personality musical chairs, his identity emerges, on November 6.
Festival ofNew Spanish Cinema
Contemporary Spanish cinema is celebrated in Chicago for the third Festival of New Spanish Cinema from November 5 through December 2.
Chicago Filipino American Film Festival
The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival runs November 5 through November 7 with feature films, short works, documentaries, and narratives.
The Viaduct Theater hosts the Illinois International Film Festival
The Illinois International Film Festival runs November 5-7 at the Viaduct Theater.
This list is only a scrape of the numerous movies playing throughout the city for November 1–7. For more Chicago films, reviews, and showtimes, check out the Chicago Reader’s movie section.