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ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL
Joseph Hader Film Still  

ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM FESTIVAL

AUSTRIAN FILMS AT THE CHICAGO EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, MAR 09 - THURSDAY, APR 05

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present the Austrian films WILD MOUSE and MADEMOISELLE PARADIS at the 21st Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival.

From March 9 through April 5, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to their 21st Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival. As the largest festival in North America exclusively showcasing films originating in the European Union, it brings the vibrant cultures of Europe to the comfort of your theater seat, with 61 Chicago premieres representing all 28 EU nations.

Films that entertain, challenge, and delight are all here, including new work by some of Europe’s best-known names, including: Paolo Taviani (RAINBOW: A PRIVATE AFFAIR); Raoul Peck (THE YOUNG KARL MARX); Wim Wenders (SUBMERGENCE); Kornél Mundruczó (JUPITER’S MOON); Arnaud Desplechin (ISMAEL’S GHOST); Barbara Albert (MADEMOISELLE PARADIS); Bruno Dumont (JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC); Léonor Serraille (MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE); Josef Hader (WILD MOUSE); Radu Jude (THE DEAD NATION and SCARRED HEARTS); Bohdan Sláma (ICE MOTHER); and a special sneak preview of GODARD MON AMOUR by Michel Hazanavicius.

ACFNY-SUPPORTED SCREENINGS

WILD MOUSE (WILDE MAUS)
2017, Josef Hader, Austria/Germany, 103 min.
With Josef Hader, Pia Hierzegger
German and Italian with English subtitles 

Friday, March 16, 8:15 pm
Monday, March 19, 8:15 pm
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“One of the most refreshing discoveries of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival…adventurousness and absurdism are equally appealing.”--Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

“Effortlessly fun…an elegantly constructed affair, sprinkled with wry quips and artfully buried jokes.”--Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

SYNOPSIS
A stuffy Viennese music critic in his 50s gets unceremoniously dumped by his newspaper in favor of a clueless but cheaper millennial, kicking off this arch mid-life crisis-revenge comedy, the first feature film by popular standup comic and actor Hader (STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE) as writer/director. Georg (Hader) continues to fake the highbrow life to his younger baby-craving psychiatrist wife, while leading the humiliating lowbrow routine of the unemployed. Hader casts a satirical eye on both his hero and his adversaries, as a chance encounter puts Georg in an unusual business arrangement with his childhood nemesis, while he plots a string of prankish strikes against his former editor.

MADEMOISELLE PARADIS
2017, Barbara Albert, Austria/Germany, 97 min.
With Maria Dragus, Devid Streisow
German and French with English subtitles
 

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28, 8:15 pm
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“Exquisitely crafted…reflects on the plight of women amidst the glaring inequalities of eighteenth century high society.”--Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“A subtle and intelligent film…Dragus’s performance is a study in precision.”--Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

SYNOPSIS
In 1777, in a last-ditch bid for a cure, a wealthy Viennese couple commits their ungainly blind daughter Maria (Dragus, Haneke’s THE WHITE RIBBON), a self-taught harpsichord prodigy, to the care of Dr. Franz Mesmer (Streisow), notorious for his unorthodox experiments with hypnotism and magnetic fields. Eschewing romanticism, director Albert (FREE RADICALS) combines historical accuracy and a sumptuous production design with an acutely contemporary sense of class and the mechanics of manipulation, as the talented Maria becomes a pawn between her parents and the ambitious society doctor, but discovers that the possibility of sight comes at a terrible price. 

VENUE
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601