Chicago International Film Festival announces first 20 titles

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David Schwimmer's Michigan-shot film Trust, which he also directed for the stage last spring at Lookingglass, is among the 20 titles that the Chicago International Film Festival announced today will have their Chicago premieres in the 46th annual CIFF, running Oct. 7-21.

Three Chicago-made titles are in the lineup:

Ben Berkowitz's Polish Bar, which I wrote a movie feature about when it shot here last year, stars Vincent Piazza (Rocket Science) as a young Orthodox Jewish man moonlighting as a DJ at a nightclub run by a mobbed-up Pole (Meat Loaf).

Carmen Marron's Go for It! stars Aimee Garcia as a Mexican American underground dance prodigy tempted by a shot at a California dance school.

Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary Louder Than a Bomb! tracks four teens competing in the titular poetry slam tournament.

Other highlights:

Tamara Drewe by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity), about an ugly duckling returning to her hometown as a dangerous beauty; SAIC alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives; and 'Round Midnight director Bertrand Tavernier's bodice ripper The Princess of Montpensier

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