The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
Best Film Best Director Milan Intl Film Fest
"Directed by Ari Taub with a naturalistic style and a nonpartisan eye, The Fallen finds its humanity in the dailiness of a soldier's life" -New York Times
"The acting from the international (and unknown) cast is remarkable" -Time Out NY
Six years in the making, The Fallen is a gritty war movie that takes place in the mountains of Northern Italy at the end of World War II, after the tide had turned on the Axis powers in 1944. On one side, a group of American supply soldiers delivers ammunition to the front line, a journey that becomes a descent into hell, and the success of the mission becomes less likely with every setback. On the other, a doomed German unit and their ragtag Italian partners struggle to maintain morale and discipline amongst their beleaguered troops in the face of certain defeat. Torn between these are the divided loyalties of the Italians - both fascist soldiers and communist partisans - who have turned brother against brother in a bloody civil war. Instead of spectacle, the film looks at the everyday life of the soldiers, their encounters on the road, their hopes and dreams, and the differences in values, morals, and patriotism between them. The Fallen displays a unique cinematic style that evokes the feeling of authentic newsreel footage, by focusing on the drama of human emotion rather than the spectacle of violent warfare.
Directed by Ari Taub, USA, 2005, 35mm, 111 mins.
Cinechat: Filmmaker Ari Taub and cast members will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 p.m. shows on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.