The Chicago International Film Festival is the oldest competitive film festival in North America.
Screenings will take place at various locations in Chicago including AMC River East 21, Music Box Theater, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-through screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen and Bronzeville’s Parkway Ballroom.
Virtual screenings will be available to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The virtual screenings will be accessible via the festival’s streaming platform and via the Apple TV and Roku applications.
Those interested in the Windy City, food and politics won’t want to miss the world premieres of “Love Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter”, the late great cook who changed the industry. food as well as “Punch 9 for Harold Washington,” who was the city’s first black mayor.
Among the festival’s special honors will be the presentation of the Award of Excellence to actor / director Sir Kenneth Branagh and the screening of his “Belfast” on October 21st. Branagh will be present at the event.
The list of films screened throughout the festival includes “Across the River”, “Mayor Pete”, “The Beta Test”, “For the Left Hand”, “The Last Execution”, “Pass”, ” That the Weather Is Fine “,” The Velvet Underground “and others.