Chicago Cinema Society brings Warriors, Fellini, and an exploding head to the Patio this spring

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The British indie The Other Side of Sleep screens this Friday and Saturday at the Patio.
  • The British indie The Other Side of Sleep screens this Friday and Saturday at the Patio.
As I noted earlier today, the Chicago Cinema Society will present an archival 35-millimeter print of Walter Hill's The Warriors three weekends from now. But this screening is just one of many that the local programming group has lined up at the Patio Theater. Yesterday the Cinema Society and the Patio announced that they've agreed to an ongoing partnership and released their schedule for the next two months. The programming reflects a growing diversity on the part of the CCS, which has tended towards international genre cinema since they started presenting movies in December 2011. This weekend brings The Other Side of Sleep, a muted psychological thriller from England, and a "25th-anniversary DCP restoration" of Ron Howard's Willow. Other notable upcoming screenings include the local premiere of the Lithuanian sci-fi Vanishing Waves (which garnered plenty of buzz on the European festival circuit last year) and an encore presentation of Miguel Gomes's Tabu, which plays this week at the European Union Film Festival.

The Patio has one of the biggest auditoriums in town, which should make it an ideal location to see Gomes's love letter to early sound cinema (though I'd recommend seeing it in any theater) as well as the Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, which the CCS will present in April on occasion of the film's 50th anniversary. Of course, the genre films on this schedule should look swell on a giant screen too. If you've always wanted to know how the exploding head in Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky would look if it were the size of a monster truck, you'll have your chance on April 13.

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