Some may prefer the mammoth Chicago International Film Festival. Others may take the more intimate, American-indie alternatives of the Chicago Film Critics Film Festival. And then there are niche Chicago institutions like Reeling or the Latino Film Festival. But as far as I’m concerned, Chicago’s finest bit of festival programming comes from the Gene Siskel Film Center’s European Union Film Festival.
No other festival in the city is so acutely catered to my tastes as a cinephile, whereby programmers plunder an extensive well of festival darlings and promising, obscure pictures. With films like Terrence Davis’ Sunset Song, Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie, Mattaeo Garrone’s Tale of Tales, and Karoly Ujj Meszaros’ Liza, the Fox Fairy, the eclectic variety of what CEUFF offers is remarkable –from challenging auterist selections to arthouse curiosities to cult delights. If this year’s European Union Film Festival isn’t the Siskel’s best, then it certainly is its most ambitiously diverse.
I’ll be covering the festival throughout its run from March 4 to the 31st. 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 capsule reviews for films screened during the festival, updated regularly throughout the month.