See Europe by Film… From March 1 through 28, Gene Siskel Theater welcomes you to the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films, providing a broad picture of the creativity of Europe’s most adventurous filmmakers.
The festival screens the latest films by a host of major directors including Alain Resnais (YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET), Margarethe von Trotta (HANNAH ARENDT), Marco Bellocchio (DORMANT BEAUTY), István Szabó (THE DOOR), Ken Loach (THE ANGELS’ SHARE), Sally Potter (GINGER & ROSA), Ulrich Seidl (PARADISE: FAITH and PARADISE: HOPE), Sergei Loznitsa (IN THE FOG), and Jan Hrebejk (4SOME).
This could well be called “the year of the woman” at the festival, as our selection features twelve films directed or co-directed by women, ranging from newcomers including Kristina Nikolova (FAITH, LOVE & WHISKEY/Bulgaria) and Alexa Karolinski (OMA & BELLA/Germany) to established world-class artists like von Trotta and Potter.
The Day I Saw Your Heart
2011, Jennifer Devoldère, France, 98 min.
With Mélanie Laurent, Michel Blanc
“A fascinatingly complex portrait of family dysfunction…The film has a sweet, authentic humanity from strong writing and an engaging lead performance.”
—Tyler Foster, DVD Talk
This touching and funny film centers on father-daughter conflicts in a Parisian Jewish family. An X-ray technician who yearns to be an artist (and ingeniously combines her two vocations), Justine (Laurent) is unable to sustain a romantic relationship. She attributes her problems to her mercurial, infuriating father (veteran Blanc in a juicy role), who manages to be both meddling and neglectful. When he announces that his much younger second wife is pregnant, it sets off a series of crises in a family already teetering on the edge of dysfunction. Director Devoldère’s vision of a multicultural Paris is fresh and captivating, and she mixes tones with an invigorating boldness. In French and Hebrew with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Film Movement. DCP video. (MR)