Chicago International Film Festival returns to theatrical, outdoor, and virtual screens for its 57th edition running October 13 – 24, 2021.
The Festival Centerpiece film is C’mon C’mon, a powerfully resonant and hopeful portrait of our times, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Mike Mills, the accomplished filmmaker of Beginners and 20th Century Women.
Special Presentations include Belfast, with a tribute and Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to Academy Award©-nominated Sir Kenneth Branagh, celebrating the acclaimed actor and director’s extraordinary body of work; and Passing, with an Artistic Achievement Award honoring actor-turned-director Rebecca Hall.
The festival’s Black Perspectives program, which showcases the excellence and diversity of films by African Americans and the African diaspora from around the world, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with presentations including Passing and Citizen Ashe, a profile of the groundbreaking tennis star and civil rights activist co-directed by Sam Pollard and Rex Miller.
Additional screenings include the Chicago premiere of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, a story about a charismatic rancher who inspires fear and awe in those around him, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee; and drive-in screening of The Velvet Underground from director Todd Haynes.