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August 3, 2014

Chicago Premiere

37 Days

Film still: 37 Days


FREE admission!
One show only!

"Grippingly uncovers the countdown to war... Its masterstroke is to reframe this history textbook timeline as a subtle character study"
  —The Independent

37 Days is a new, three-part factual drama which reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I. Filmed entirely in Northern Ireland, 37 Days has a stellar cast, led by Ian McDiarmid, Tim Pigott-Smith and Sinéad Cusack in this political thriller which follows the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28. 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4.

Written by Mark Hayhurst, this tense and gripping series is set among the corridors of power in Whitehall and Berlin tracks the unfolding crisis through the eyes of leading politicians and civil servants struggling to prevent the world's first global war. Such a disaster did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion. It took considerable effort and terrific ingenuity, as well as staggering bad luck, to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon.

This series is being shown to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of "The war to end all wars."

Directed by Justin Hardy, United Kingdom, 2014, 162 mins.


  • Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5:30 pm

There is no admission fee for this presentation.

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation