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Sixth Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival Announced

April 15, 2018 - 1:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Film Critics Association has announced its complete lineup has announced the complete lineup, schedule and special guests for the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which will run May 4-10 at the Music Box Theatre.

The yearly film festival will bring lesser known work as well as fan favorites to the big screen. Highlights of this highly-curated, week-long festival include a 25-th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's classic "Jurassic Park" on 35mm film.

Opening night on Friday, May 4 features the Midwest premiere of "Fast Color," about a woman whose superpowers send her on the run. First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke as a rural pastor whose life spirals out of control after an encounter with an environmental activist and his pregnant wife, will also screen at the festival. Filmmaker Paul Schrader is scheduled to attend the festival.

The festival’s closing night selection is "Eighth Grade,"written and directed by Bo Burnham and starring Elsie Fisher as a middle schooler enduring the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence. Featuring over twenty-five programs selected with care by some of the most respected film journalists in the city, this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival includes four documentaries.

Other films that will be shown at the festival include:

"Searching,"starring John Cho (Columbus) as a father investigating his daughter’s disappearance through the digital footprint she’s left behind. Filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty and co-writer/producer Sev Ohanian are scheduled to attend the festival.

"Leave No Trace," Debra Granik’s story of a single father (Ben Foster) and his daughter living off the grid until a single mistake derails their idyllic existence.

"On Chesil Beach," Saoirse Ronan’s first film since the runaway success of Lady Bird, based on the Ian McEwan novel about sexual politics and freedom in 1962 England

"Damsel,"starring Robert Pattinson as a well-off pioneer who ventures West to marry the woman he loves, told with the off-kilter humor and unpredictability of directing duo David and Nathan Zellner, who are both scheduled to attend the festival

"Bodied," a satire set in the world of competitive battle rap produced by Eminem; filmmaker Joseph Kahn is scheduled to attend the festival

For more information, check out the film festival's website here.