North America’s largest showcase of EU cinema — 19th Annual EU Film Fest in Chicago includes 62 films from all 28 EU nations, including premieres from Greece and Cyprus. Runs through March 31.
Read through to the end for a special discount code just for WindyCty Greek readers!
Now entering its 19th year, the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will present its annual Chicago European Union Film Festival from Friday, March 4 through Thursday, March 31. The festival kicks off with host country The Netherlands’ THE PARADISE SUITE, a powerful drama in which the compromised lives of five strangers intersects in today’s Amsterdam. Appearing in person at the both the Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 shows will be the film’s star Issaka Sawadogo. Following the March 4 / opening night screening will be a reception for all ticketholders.
Films from Greece and Cyprus
Greek-speaking films this year are the comedy-drama FAMILY MEMBER (March 11 and 14) from Cyprus and family drama A BLAST (March 19 and 21; note: for mature audiences only) and the absurdly perverse satire CHEVALIER (March 25 and 28), directed by noted Greek auteur Athina Rachel Tsangari, both of which are from Greece. All films are presented in Greek with English subtitles.
In addition to Tsangari, CEUFF presents a number of films by Europe’s most influential and beloved directors, including Chantal Akerman, Stig Björkman, Paddy Breathnach, Stéphane Brizé, Cristina Comencini, Catherine Corsini, Terence Davies, Julie Delpy, Alain Gagnol. Matteo Garrone, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Klaus Härö, Álex de la Iglesia, Radu Jude, Mika Kaurismäki, Peter Kern, Tobias Lindholm, Felix Moeller, Radu Muntean, Aleksandr Sokurov, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani.
CEUFF will close on Thursday, March 31 with PHANTOM BOY, the latest animation from France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the directors of the Oscar-nominated A CAT IN PARIS. Following the reception will be a reception sponsored by Lycee Français for all ticketholders.
See the films
As in years past, the Gene Siskel Film Center again has CEUFF Passes on sale for $55 that includes six films and six small popcorns. CEUFF Passes are available for purchase at the Film Center box office.
All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St., Chicago.
Tickets to each screening–unless stated otherwise–are $11/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks.There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.
Special discount for WindyCity Greek readers!
We’ve teamed up with the Siskel Center to provide a special discount for our readers!
$7 admission to any film with the code WINDY CITY GREEK, in-person only (online codes not accepted at this time) at the Film Center box office. You can buy your tickets in advance, too, but only from the Film Center box office.
Discounted parking is available for $18 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.
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