7th Annual CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL Announces First Films, Passes on Sale

With these initial selections, festival programmers (all CFCA members) present some of the most acclaimed yet-to-be-released films of the year, making Chicago a must-screen destination for films that audiences will be talking about for months to come. Early selections include the much-acclaimed THE NIGHTINGALE, the latest from writer/director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook); MONOS, heralding the new filmmaking talent of director Alejandro Landes; and THEM THAT FOLLOW, starring Olivia Colman fresh off her Academy Award-winning role in The Favourite.

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James Laczkowski
"Roma" The Big Winner Among Chicago Film Critics

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical story of a year in the life of a family living in Mexico City in the 1970s seen primarily through the eyes of one of their servants, was named the Best Picture of 2018 by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association at a ceremony held tonight. The film, which received the most nominations from the group with nine, won a total of five awards including the Foreign Film prize and three awards for Cuaron himself for Director, Cinematography and Editing, the latter shared with co-editor Adam Gough. Four different movies tied for second place in the award count with two prizes each.

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James Laczkowski
“Roma,” "The Favourite” and “A Star is Born” lead 2018 CFCA nominations

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical story of a year in the life of a family living in Mexico City in the 1970s seen primarily through the eyes of one of their servants, was a clear favorite with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The film received the most nominations of all for their 2018 film awards with nine. In addition to being one of the finalists for Best Picture, Cuaron himself was personally nominated in four additional categories for Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing, the latter alongside Adam Gough.

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Erik Childress
The Chicago Critics Film Festival Returns May 17 - 23, 2019 At The Music Box Theatre

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that has celebrated the art of film and film criticism for over 25 years, is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF). The festival will run from May 17-23, 2019 and will once again take place at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. The event, voted first runner-up for Best Film Festival in the Chicago Reader’s 2017 “Best of Chicago” poll. It is the only current example of a major film critics group that hosts its own festival.

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James Laczkowski
"Eighth Grade" wins Audience Award at 6th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival

Audiences selected Closing Night feature presentation Eighth Grade as winner of the Audience Award for narrative features; the film screened to a sold-out crowd as the festival wrapped up on May 10 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theater. Additionally, Three Identical Strangers, the incredible true story of three triplets separated at birth and reunited years later, received the Audience Award for documentary, while two short films tied for Audience Award honors: Runner, written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Clare Cooney, and We Forgot to Break Up.

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James Laczkowski