The 49th Chicago International Film Festival is still nearly two months away, but the October cinematic mainstay is already making news. Today the Festival announced the first round of selected titles for its latest edition, set to kick off on October 10.
Highlighted in today's announcement were three short films, as well as features from over twelve countries. Notable entries included "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me", a documentary of the Tony and Emmy-award winning Broadway actress, and "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" starring Academy Award Winner and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson. The film also stars Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje(Lost) and Anthony Mackie, who was honored at the Black Perspectives Tribute at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival in 2011.
"These first titles are just an appetizer to what is turning out to be a feast of fantastic films," said Michael Kutza, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. Mimi Plauché, Programming Director of this year's festival, added: "These first titles offer moviegoers a glimpse of what they can expect this year: a thought-provoking, exciting and cutting-edge program."
Already a festival favorite this year, Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" will be a part of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. The French film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film's Chicago premiere will follow in the footsteps of its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival(otherwise known as TIFF) in early September.
The full list of announced titles can be found here. The 49th Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 10 until October 24.