From March 2 through 29, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 15th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival encompasses all 27 EU countries, presenting the Chicago premieres of 65 films. As always, our festival presents a wide range of recent production, from first features by the cream of Europe’s new talents to the latest films by established masters.
Sat March 3
2011, Paula van der Oest,
Netherlands/Germany/South Africa, 100 min.
With Carice van Houten, Rütger Hauer
This screen biography of the poet who has been called South Africa’s Sylvia Plath portrays her life against the violent and conflicted nation that shaped her, even as torrid love affairs, father issues, and alcoholism make their mark on her life and work. Set in the 1960s, the film chronicles the turbulent relationship of Ingrid Jonker (van Houten of THE BLACK BOOK) with author Jack Cope (Cunningham of HUNGER), while her stern father (Hauer), the country’s Minister of Censorship, attempts to thwart her growing opposition to racism and injustice. In English. Special advance screening courtesy of Tribeca Films. HDCAM video. (BS)