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February 5–11, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

The President

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Film still: The President Film still: The President
Golden Hugo—Best Feature
Chicago International
Film Fest
Audience Award
Beirut Film Fest
4 stars "Absorbing and gripping... [Mohsen Makhmalbaf] discloses a unsuspected gift for satire and suspense"
  —The Guardian
4 stars Recommended "A story at once timeless and contemporary, eventually pushing past the immediate matters of guilt and comeuppance to ask whether democracy can ever flourish amid an endless cycle of oppression and revenge"
  —Chicago Reader

In an unnamed country, the President and his family rule their land with an iron fist, enjoying lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of their population's misery. When a coup d'état overthrows his brutal rule and the rest of his family flees the country by plane, the President is suddenly left to care for his young grandson and forced to escape. Now the country's most wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head, he begins a perilous journey with the boy, traversing the country to reach the sea where a ship waits to bring them to safety. Posing as street musicians and traveling together with the people who suffered for years under the dictatorship, the fallen President and the innocent child will be exposed firsthand to the hardships that inspired unanimous hatred for the regime.

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Georgia/France/UK/Germany, 2014, 115 mins. In Georgian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 5 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 6 at 5, 7:15 & 9:30 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 7 at 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 8–11 at 7 & 9:15 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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