This largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations presents Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films from 27 nations, providing an in-depth portrait of Europe from east to west.
According to the tradition of our festival, the opening night is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 6, our host is Latvia’s Honorary Consul in Chicago, Robert Blumberg. Our opening film is the delightful feature-length animation THE GOLDEN HORSE, based on a Latvian folk tale, and suitable for all ages.
For the third year in a row, we incorporate films from the “Festival of New Spanish Cinema,” curated and organized by Pragda and Spain Arts & Culture. A discussion led by film historian Steven Marsh accompanies a screening of MAGICAL GIRL on April 1. Additional guests are pending as we go to press.
The festival closes on Thursday, April 2, with HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO: SCOLA NARRATES FELLINI, a warm and nostalgic recollection of the Italian master tinged with fantasy, by his close friend and colleague. Receptions hosted by Whole Foods Market follow both opening and closing night films.