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Chicago International Film Festival

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October 9-23,

This year marks the festival's 50th edition, and in honor of the milestone, presenting organization Cinema/Chicago is giving away the best possible party favors: repeat screenings of notable films that have played at the fest over the years. Back in January, WTTW kicked off a monthly series of revivals with Tod Lending's Chicago-centric documentary Legacy (2000), followed by such rarely broadcast titles as Mike Leigh's Bleak Moments (1971), Rebecca Camisa and Rob Frutchman's Sister Helen (2002), and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (2010); the series continues through October, when the festival takes place. Earlier this month Cinema/Chicago announced the schedule for its free summer screenings at Chicago Cultural Center, and like the WTTW series, they're drawn from the festival's half century of international programming. Among the offerings still to come are Hou Hsiao-hsien's Millennium Mambo (2001), Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl (2001), Kim Ki-duk's Time (2006), and Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn's Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (2004).