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The Marriage of
Maria Braun

"A landmark in German cinema... [Hanna] Schygulla gives a magnificent performance"   —The Guardian
4 stars   —Roger Ebert
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"An engrossingly atmospheric true-crime tale of village strife... quietly absorbing"   —Hollywood Reporter
"A touching portrait of sunny idealism turned dark and a micro-study in souring rural politics"   —Variety
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Dave Made a Maze

Audience Award
Film Fest
"Gloriously goofy"   —Chicago Sun-Times
"A fun ride"   —Chicago Reader
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Marjorie Prime

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Sundance Film Fest
"This is the rare recent stage-to-screen adaptation that actually improves on the source"   —Hollywood Reporter
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Venice Film Fest
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After Love

4 stars "A painfully intimate, horribly fascinating drama... After Love is intelligent, compassionate, challenging film-making"   —The Guardian
"As sharp and savage as any breakup drama this side of A Separation"   —IndieWire
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Chicago Premiere!

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"Copwatch does best when going back to the source of activism's power... This is the angriest, loudest way to go about peace, love and understanding"   —Paste Magazine
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Special Jury Prize
Sundance Film Fest

Past features for July–August

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Radio Dreams

Critics' Pick   —New York Times
"[A] quietly satisfying gem"   —Variety
"Darkly funny, often absurdist"   —Los Angeles Times
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Mali Blues

"Nuanced meditations on the limbo of the diaspora and celebrations of Mali's ethnic plurality colour the fabric of this film, which vibrates with urgency and life"   —Cinema Scope
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The Sea

"Stirring, atmospheric"   —The Independent
"Impeccable acting"   —TimeOut London
"A raging central performance by Ciarán Hinds"   —Hollywood Reporter
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Austin Found

"Funny and disturbing in the best way"   —San Francisco Chronicle
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Letters From Baghdad

"[Directors] Oelbaum and Krayenbühl have fleshed out a complex, fascinating figure"   —Variety
"Letters from Baghdad reaffirms [Gertrude] Bell's legacy as pivotal in the West's understanding of the Middle East"   —Los Angeles Times
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The Handmaid's Tale

with Professor Helen Thompson

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Nowhere to Hide

Critics' Pick   —New York Times
4 stars "A terrifying, ultimately moving portrait of the effects of war, both physical and psychic"   —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Powerful and wrenching"   —Chicago Reader
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Chicago Premiere!

Battle Scars

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Facets Teach-In

Who Is a Legal Person?
A screening of Unlocking the Cage

"Observant and absorbing"   —New York Times
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Un Certain Regard
—Jury Prize
Cannes Film Fest
Recommended   —Chicago Reader, New City Chicago
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Good Fortune

"Good Fortune is a heart-warming rags to riches story, overcoming both social and economical adversity   —Film Inquiry
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Mapping the Obscure:
James Fotopoulos

"James Fotopoulos is one of the most brilliant, idiosyncratic and stubbornly independent filmmakers at work today"   —Senses of Cinema
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"A masterpiece"   —TimeOut London
4 stars   Roger Ebert
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The Confessions

Award of Ecumenical Jury
Best Film
Karlovy Vary Intl
Film Fest
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The Skyjacker's Tale

"Shocking and powerfully absorbing"   —Los Angeles Times
Recommended   —Chicago Reader
"An engrossing account of a story that is as relevant as ever"   —
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Some Freaks

"The actors pour such intensity into the portrayals of rejection and hurt anger it's hard to watch, but their craft and purity of emotion is masterful"   —Film Threat
"Intriguing... an unexpectedly different take on a genre that still isn't played out"   —Chicago Sun-Times
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Brave New Jersey

"An uplifting romp, led by a lovely, delicate performance from Tony Hale"   —Film Inquiry
4 stars½ "A real charmer of a film... it it does what it does exceptionally well, with fluid direction and pitch perfect performances"   —Eye for Film
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Critics Week Grand Prize
Cannes Film Fest
"A severe story, made more so by its powerhouse lead actress"   —New York Times
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