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Complex parental relationships a dominant theme at Chicago International Film Festival

Though the festival is offering a variety of notable foreign films from female directors now through Oct. 21, FF2 has selected three of our favorites from France, Italy and Spain – all of which display the complex relationships between parents and their children, the past and the present.

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Art and obsession in Sara Colangelo’s ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

In The Kindergarten Teacher, a remake of the 2014 Israeli film by Nadav Lapid, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lisa, a longtime kindergarten teacher longing to make a contribution to the arts. When her own desires to pursue poetry are met with apathy, she begins to see herself as a patron of a student (Parker Sevak) in her class she believes to be a prodigy.

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Director Lisa D’Apolito screens moving doc for Gilda’s Club

Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is now available to stream instantly on several digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and Comcast. The film depicts the life of one of the most iconic and influential comedians to grace the television airways since Lucille Ball.  

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Director Polly Draper writes, casts sons in ‘Stella’s Last Weekend’

Nat and Alex Wolff, who’ve continued to work in Hollywood with prominent roles in films like Paper Towns and Patriot’s Day, respectively. But Draper brought them back together with her latest project, the film Stella’s Last Weekend (out October 12) about two brothers who realized they’ve both fallen for the same girl.

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Women directors screen compelling stories at CIFF

The 54th annual Chicago International Film Festival began October 10 and will run through October 21 at the AMC River East Theater. There are 5,596 films from 135 countries – 38 of those films are directed by women.

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Historic SWAN Day brings women and organizers together at Statera Conference

For the first time, the SWAN torch was passed on to StateraArts who will continue the movement under their umbrella. Many of the original SWAN organizers were there to witness this historical event – Christine Young from University of San Francisco, Sophie Doolan from Kenya, Jennifer Hill from Connecticut, Vanessa Gondron from Prague, and many others.

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