The second annual Palace Film Festival begins this Friday at Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building in the Loop. A coproduction from Johalla Projects, Cinema Libertad, and Floodgates Audio, this January event marks one of the more intriguing cinephile destinations of the area. Comprised of a series of avant-garde shorts, music videos, feature films, and live performances, the two-day festival is notable for screening the Chicago premiere of Asia Argento’s Misunderstood along with the Ben Russell and Ben River’s underseen and vital A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness.
Curators Anna Cerniglia, Heather Gabel, and Robert Stockwell have compiled a healthy array of esoteric titles that ultimately acknowledge the blind spots found in many of the city’s specialty programming – beyond the Gene Siskel Film Center screening Russell and Rivers’ film, none of the titles in the festival’s lineup have formally screened in the city.
Programming and ticketing information can be found here.