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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

August 22, 2016

Singing Behind the Screens
(Cantando dietro i paraventi)

Film still: Singing Behind the Screens
Best Original Story
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Italian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
"Veteran helmer Ermanno Olmi has crafted his most complex and sumptuous work to date"

The Chicago premiere of a too-long neglected, beautiful and sumptuous film by Italian film master, Ermanno Olmi. On one level a fairytale set in 1930s China that partially plays out in a brothel, Singing Behind the Screens is the story of a female pirate who becomes the most feared corsair of the Chinese coast until a fateful battle with the new emperor. Complex and bewitching, the film plays out in the viewer's mind as much as on screen—think Peter Greenaway or Jorge Luis Borges.

Directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 2003, 96 mins. In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director, Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, August 22, at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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