CIFF 2014: 9 Films You Should See

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  • The Probing Drama

    Two Days, One Night

    A working-class mother (Marion Cotillard) has one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their yearly bonus so she can keep her job. A gripping Belgian drama led by a stirring performance from Cotillard, all set to a slow pace that feels purposeful rather than plodding.

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  • The Dark Comedy

    In Order of Disappearance

    Nutshell: It’s the Norwegian Fargo. Stellan Skarsgård plays an even-keeled snowplow driver seeking vengeance for his son’s murder. So, you know, a revenge flick with a lot of deadpan wit and bloody violence. Entertaining if only to spot the Coen brothers' influence.

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  • The Documentary

    Red Army

    A compelling sports doc about the greatest hockey dynasty you’ve never heard about: the Soviet Union’s Red Army hockey team. One part sports film, one part cultural commentary on Cold War Russia, Red Army is a fascinating look at hockey behind the Iron Curtain. Plus, bona fide Russian hardasses: “I was happy kid. I play game. I play hockey.”

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    The Neo-Noir Thriller

    Black Coal, Thin Ice

    An offbeat, film noir-inspired detective thriller about a former police captain revisiting the cold case that ruined his career. Industrial Northern China. Plenty of dismembered body parts. And like any good film noir, twists and turns abound. Winner of top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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    The Horror Movie

    It Follows

    Garnering buzz from around the film festival circuit, this lo-fi horror flick channels fear in all the right ways. Premise: a cryptic monster stalks a suburban teen after she receives a post-coital curse. Yes, a sexually transmitted hex. Horrific visions ensue. Basically 90 terrifying minutes of feeling like you’re being chased. All to a very killer soundtrack.

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  • The Classic

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Fun fact: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest had its world premiere at CIFF in 1975. One of many films that will comprise the festival’s 50th anniversary retrospective screenings, the Ken Kesey title lights up the screen in fully restored fashion.

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  • The WTF Arthouse Film

    Free Fall

    A collection of surrealistic vignettes united by one apartment complex and a failed suicide attempt. Dig deep enough and you’ll find metaphors — sometimes funny, oftentimes grotesque — on social alienation or whatever. Highly visual. Strap yourself in and get weird.

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    The Hometown Flick

    Algren

    Beat writer before the Beats. Barfly. Champion of the fringe. That’s Nelson Algren, one of the finest writers our fair city has ever produced, and whose creative legacy is the subject of this well-paced documentary. Handsome photographs courtesy of Art Shay.

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  • The Date Movie

    The Last 5 Years

    She likes musicals. You both like Anna Kendrick. So ... win-win. An adaptation of the off-Broadway production that debuted at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001, The Last 5 Years explores the ups and downs of love during the span of five years.

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  • Bonus: Moving Pictures

    CIFF at Expo 72

    Want more? Head to Expo 72 before or after the show for this retrospective 50th anniversary exhibit. Includes video and behind-the-scene snaps from over the years. Runs till October 30th.

    CIFF 50th Anniversary Exhibition