From March 6 to April 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents their 18th Annual European Union Film Festival. With 61 films spanning 27 nations, the European Union Film Festival is one of the most expansive and carefully curated festivals in the nation. From festival darlings to cult curiosities, the festival houses the Chicago premieres of Alain Resnais’ Life of Riley, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, and Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, along with a slew of other noteworthy selections.
I’ve cited the Gene Siskel Film Center’s excellent string of programming over the past year numerous times. From their incredibly rewarding Godard retrospective – which also included Chicago’s only run of Goodbye to Language – to lectures led by Chicago institution Jonathan Rosenbaum, the art house has emerged as a safe haven for the city’s cinematic literati. The European Union Film Festival, screening some of the finest films you’ll see this year, attests to that.
For a complete schedule of films and additional ticket information, please see the Gene Siskel Film Center's official site here. Below you'll find a selection of full reviews for films screened during the festival, updated regularly throughout the month.