Having attended the Chicago International Film Festival for nearly a decade, I’ve more or less come to terms with the extenuating circumstances surrounding its programming. Following a disappointing semicentennial celebration that saw most of the festival’s resources allocated to questionable revivals, the festival returns for its 51st iteration with subdued stakes, thankfully centering its programming on the films themselves. Between well-traveled festival goliaths (The Assassin, Cemetery of Splendor, and Mountains May Depart) and austere awards contenders (Brooklyn, Carol, and Macbeth), the offerings are plentiful enough to appease even the most discerning of cinephiles.
Below is an ever-increasing list of films covered for the festival. Click on any of the images below for reviews. And check back regularly - more films will be added as the festival continues. For screening times and ticketing information, check out the Chicago International Film Festival website here.