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It is impossible to understate the importance of Milos Stehlik on Chicago’s film community and its influence throughout the world. The Czechoslovakian-born Stehlik passed away on July 6 at his home in Lincoln Park. Having lived in the city since the early 1960s, along with stage director Nicole Dreiska (whom he later married for a time), he established Facets Multimedia in 1975, first in a church with projectors placed where the choir once stood, and eventually in a permanent home on Fullerton Avenue, where it continues to thrive today. From there, he brought in films from all over the world to screen for audiences who yearned for something different and is even credited as the man who first exposed Roger Ebert to one of his favorite movies, Errol Morris’s groundbreaking “Gates of Heaven.”
The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the Audience Award winners following the 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival. Audiences selected Opening Night feature presentation Saint Frances as winner of the Audience Award for narrative features…
With a line-up including the Chicago premiere of Danny Boyle’sYesterday, about a young Brit who discovers he’s the only one who’s ever heard of The Beatles, and a 40th Anniversary screening of Alien with actor Tom Skerritt scheduled to attend, the 2019 edition of the only film festival curated by critics promises to be the most impressive yet.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
The complete lineup for the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival is here, including screening dates/times and special guests expected to attend. Explore the entire schedule and secure tickets/passes in advance at www.chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com. Select films are available for advanced review and interviews; interested media should apply for accreditation online here.