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THE CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

announces the full schedule for this year's

CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL

MAY 1-7, 2015

THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE

3733 North Southport

Chicago, IL 60613

 

Films featuring Michael Fassbender, Salma Hayek, Jason Schwartzman, Jemaine Clement, Cobie Smulders, Taylor Schilling and Jessica Williams added to the bill at this year's festival.

The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its third year, is pleased to announce the final wave of titles that will be screening as part of this year's event, including the Opening Night and Closing Night films, as well as a lineup of special guests, information on purchasing tickets and passes and a full screening schedule. The first film festival to be created and curated entirely by film critics, this year's lineup will include the latest films from such acclaimed directors as Francois Ozon, Joe Swanberg and Andrew Bujalski and stars like Michael Fassbender, Salma Hayek, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Sam Rockwell, Guy Pearce, Jean Dujardin, Jermaine Clement, Cobie Smulders, Taylor Schilling and Jessica Williams, all of which will be making their local premieres. The festival will run May 1-7, 2015 and will be held once again at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre.

Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization, the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The final wave of titles brings together an eclectic array of film genres ranging from comedy to drama to horror to animation with even a couple of westerns and short subject programs thrown in for good measure.

The festival will kick off this year with the local premiere of the previously announced "Digging for Fire," the new comedy from prolific local filmmaker Joe Swanberg (who will be on hand to present his film) featuring Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as a married couple whose inability to adjust to life as parents three years after the birth of their child leads to a night of strange temptations for both while house-sitting for some friends. The closing film will be "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," an adaptation of the Jesse Andrews novel about a budding teenage filmmaker who forms an unexpected friendship with a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer that features a cast including Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Nick Offerman and which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.