Chicago International Film Festival

In conjunction with Between Gestures, the Chicago International Film Festival presents a series of films from Europe that celebrates the body in motion and the transformative power of dance.
And Then We Danced
10/24, 7:45 PM | 10/25, 5:30 PM
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St., Chicago

A love letter to Georgian dance, this tale of a young man yearning to break free from convention centers on a gifted performer struggling with the expectations of tradition and family while increasingly giddy with desire for a fellow student. With same-sex relationships still taboo within the ultraconservative confines of Georgian society, can Merab be true to himself and remain in his homeland?

Director:  Levan Akin

Countries:  Georgia, Sweden, France

Run Time: 106 minutes

Language: Georgian with subtitles

10/25, 5:45 PM | 10/26, 6:30 PM
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St., Chicago

This immersive 3D documentary traces the life of modern dance pioneer Merce Cunningham. With never-before-seen archival footage, the film chronicles
Cunningham’s artistic evolutions and formative relationships—most notably with musician John Cage—along with imaginative restagings of his iconic works. The result is a visceral experience of his cutting-edge choreography and a captivating portrait of a man who remained relentlessly committed to innovation throughout his life

Director:  Alla Kovgan

Countries: France, Germany, United States

Run Time: 92 minutes

Isadora's Children
10/24, 4:45 PM | 10/27, 12:15 PM
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St., Chicago

In this elliptical drama, groundbreaking choreographer Isadora Duncan’s heartrending work “Mother,” created in response to the death of her two children in 1913, resonates through the lives of four women in modernday. One patiently teaches herself the choreography; a dancer with Down’s Syndrome learns it from her instructor ahead of a public recital; and an elderly audience member, moved by the performance, journeys home, dreaming that her body is capable of such graceful sweeping movement. A transcendent meditation on the transformative power of dance.

Director:  Damien

Countries: France

Run Time: 84 minutes

Language: French with subtitles

Cinema/Chicago - Chicago International Film Festival

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We serve Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.

Through the Film Festival, our Education Program, and our year-round programming and membership program, we enhance the cultural assets of the city of Chicago by exhibiting film from around the world. We also strive to promote a deeper understanding of a diverse body of cultures, thus contributing to Chicago’s identity and orientation as an international city.