November brings a number of unique film events to Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, starting with a new 35mm restoration print of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 classic L’avventura starring Monica Vitti. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes for “the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language”, the movie plays through November 7.
Also showing through November 7 is Broadway Idiot, a documentary that offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at punk icon Billie Joe Armstrong as he goes from mosh pits to the Broadway stage.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the New York Film Critics Series presents an advanced screening of Alexander Payne’s new release Nebraska, followed by a live simulcast discussion of the film with stars Will Forte and frontrunner for this year’s Oscars, Bruce Dern. The dramedy was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where Dern won the Best Actor Award.
The Reeling Film Festival Opening Night Gala (which kicks off the 31st edition of the world’s second oldest festival of its kind) follows on Thursday night. The evening includes a screening of G.B.F. and an optional reception at the Laugh Factory on 3175 N. Broadway. Tickets for the opening night screening only are $15, or $40 for the screening and after-party.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali opens on Friday, November 8, with a post-screening Q&A with the documentary's director Bill Siegel and Ali's former wife Khalilah Camacho-Ali.
Sex, history, theology, materialism, and death are explored in Jem Cohen's The Museum, which opens on Friday, November 15.
The Music Box is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, near the Southport station on CTA's Brown Line and the 152 Addison, 9 Ashland and 80/X80 Irving Park bus routes.