52ND CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THURSDAY OCT 13, – THURSDAY OCT 27
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is happy to support the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival to present the US premieres of two Austrian films at this year’s festival: Night of a 1,000 Hours and Girls Don’t Fly.
- Film/Event Category World Cinema
- Country Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands
When the Ullichs gather at their Vienna palace to determine who will inherit the family business, the matriarch drops dead just as she’s about to sign on the dotted line. But much to everyone’s surprise, she reappears. And she’s not the only one. Generations of befuddled, deceased ancestors also rise up, bringing with them long-buried family secrets, including unsavory ties to Austria’s fascist history.
This inventive, Clue-like mystery-cum-love-story comes to terms with the past—as it’s happening. Original title: Die Nacht der 1000 Stunden.
Filmmakers in Attendance
Director/writer Virgil Widrich is scheduled to attend the October 21st and 22nd screenings.
- Film/Event Category Documentary Competition
- Festival Program Black Perspectives
- Country Austria, Germany
An uplifting story of female empowerment? Not quite. This engrossing documentary captures the complex relationship between Jonathan Porter, a British man who dreams of teaching young Ghanaian women to be pilots, and his pupils, who discover his aviation academy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A story of goodwill gone awry, where charity and education meet exploitation, Girls Don’t Fly reveals the blurry line between colonialism and modernization.
Filmmakers in Attendance
Executive producer Benjamin Cölle is schedule to attend both screenings.
- Language English, Ewe, Krobo, Twi
- Subtitles English
- Release Year 2016
- Run Time 90 minutes
- Director Monika Grassl
- Screenwriter Monika Grassl
- Producer Arek Gielnik, Ralph Wieser
- Editor Sven Kulik
- Cast Lydia Afi Wetsi, Esther Fatimatu Mohammed,
- Jonathan Porter, Patricia Mawuli Porter
ABOUT THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest running competitive international film festival showcasing over 175 films from more than 50 countries. For over 50 years, the Chicago International Film Festival has been committed to discover the most exciting films the world has to offer. This year’s 52nd Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 13-27, 2016.
Chicago International Film Festival
AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611
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