Chicago International Film Festival Recap 2014
From opening night, October 9, 2014, until the last film on October 22, the special anniversary of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival was “film-tastic” as always! The “24” films that I viewed at the festival, with the exception of Miss Julie, were all shown at the AMC River East Theaters.
In summing up the festival, I find that it is reminiscent of being on a world cruise. Every stop (film) is a new experience to embark upon a country’s culture. The cinematography leaves lasting snapshots in your memory, evoking different senses in each frame. First, it is a lush, tropical landscape; the next, a snow-covered ski village, then to a hidden beach beckoning romance with its shimmering waves.
The varied plot lines take you to a family celebration with ethnic foods along with music that is enhanced with a draping of dramatic overtones to a silly song inducing an outburst of laughter. Will you prefer elegant candlelight dining to a homemade sandwich in a sunny park? Will it be a spirit-filled evening in a church or late night clubbing into the wee hours? Before you sail on, you’ll have just one more stop: Q&A’s with the directors, to ask questions that you simply must know the answers to, or just to commend their talent and labor on their recent creations.
Again, this year’s 50th CIFF offered a five-star “port of call” for everyone’s film itinerary from features to shorts. And I can’t wait to book a passage on the 51st CIFF. If only they’d sell chocolate gelato in the theater next year. Read more…