'Best of the Fest': Chicago European Union Film Festival

'Best of the Fest': Chicago European Union Film Festival

The 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival premiered 62 films during its run throughout March, 16 of which were directed by women. Here’s my “Best of the Fest” list from highest to lowest ranking. Number 1: Cezanne and I. France. Written and directed by Daniele Thompson, this biographical film is wonderfully crafted. It tugged…

THE FUTURE PERFECT Brings a Bit of Buenos Aires to NYC

THE FUTURE PERFECT Brings a Bit of Buenos Aires to NYC

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: Winner of the Best First Feature prize at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, Nele Wohlatz’s assured debut is a playful, exceptionally idea-rich work of fiction with documentary fragments. Seventeen-year-old Xiaobin arrives in Argentina from China unable to speak Spanish. Employed at a Chinese grocery store, she saves up…

SXSW highlights outstanding female filmmakers

SXSW highlights outstanding female filmmakers

Female filmmakers have always been better represented at festivals than in mainstream Hollywood and SXSW this year is no exception. What is exceptional, however, are the three women who have given us outstanding films at the Austin, Texas film festival: Laura Terruso (“Fits & Starts”), Miao Wang (“Maineland”) and Jessica M. Thompson (“The Light of the…

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

BEACH RATS is the "Centerpiece" Film in NYC's 2017 New Directors/New Films Series

Seen in New Directors/New Films (2017): Eliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming. Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys—trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time. But he spends…

FF2 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

FF2 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

The 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center opened on March 1, and by March 12 -- the final day -- members of FF2 Media's NYC team had seen NINE of the TEN new women-directed films on the schedule. Speaking for myself (FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner), the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema…

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

Siskel Film Center receives increased Allstate grant

FF2 Media Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor detailed the $10,000 Allstate grant given to the Gene Siskel FIlm Center in support of the Black Harvest Film Festival’s youth filmmaker program in her January 9 article. The Siskel Center has received yet another grant from the nation’s largest personal insurance carrier which will help expand the Black Harvest Film…

European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors
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European Union Film Festival sets record for number of female directors

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago began in 1972 and since that time, it has been home to several cutting edge “film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures...”  One of those innovative festivals includes the upcoming Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), now celebrating its…