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December 9–15, 2016

Chicago Premiere

The Academy of Muses
(La academia de las musas)

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"A low-fi but beguiling mixture of intellectual discourse and emotional rollercoaster"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Defies easy categorization... a vibrant portrait of academic unrest that changes, against seemingly impossible odds, into an experimental romantic comedy"
"[From] one of global cinema culture's secret weapons, and the sweetest, subtlest movie provocateur we have in a post-Kiarostami world... a rarefied gender provocation of a kind that could make fourth-wave feminists' heads spin"
  —Village Voice
Recommended "Smart, darkly funny... This romance of language is hyper-heightened intellectual discourse, to be sure, but also supple and seductive"
  —NewCity Chicago
"The film is demanding, intellectually voracious, and reminiscent of Last Year at Marienbad in its brittle aestheticism"
  —Chicago Reader

A university professor teaches a class on muses in art and literature as a means of romancing his female students in this new film from Josè Luis Guerín, director of the widely heralded In the City of Sylvia. Part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor (played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto), and the women surrounding him: his wife and students. But as each and every player engages in debates, concerning, among other things, art, the artist's perspective, and male-female dynamics, Guerín focuses as much attention on the subtle boundary between documentary and fiction, in turn engaging with an evolving narrative, increasingly complex character dynamics, and an endlessly vivid emotional journey.

The Academy of Muses is as intellectually stimulating and formally innovative as it is delightfully funny. Guerín has made a thought-provoking meditation on film form, art, love, and gender.

Directed by Josè Luis Guerín, 2015, Spain, 92 mins. In Italian and Spanish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Dec. 9 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 10 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 11 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., Dec. 12 at 9:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Dec. 13–15 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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