The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival begins on October 13 with its most prominent Opening Night selection in decades, Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-primed behemoth, La La Land. Call the selection, which originated when festival founder Michael Kutza and programming director Mimi Plauche settled on “Musicals” as a genre theme for the festival, a confluence of happenstance and dumb luck, but it’s a notable grab for a festival that has struggled for relevance in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Other notable films screening during the festival’s introductory week include new works from Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come), Jim Jarmusch (Paterson), Cristian Mungiu (Graduation), and Paul Verhoeven (Elle), in addition to numerous sidebars and panels including a restoration of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust.
The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 13 to Thursday, October 27. Check back next week for continued coverage on week two titles. For a complete schedule of films and ticketing information, refer to the Chicago International Film Festival website here.