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One of my favorite films this year (Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida) and one of Ben Sachs's favorites (James Grey's The Immigrant) return for one last hurrah at the 26th Polish Film Festival in America, a three-week extravaganza opening Friday at Facets Cinematheque and Society for Arts here in town and the Rosemont 18 out in the suburbs. We've got the scoop here, along with a review of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar. Recommended this week are Camp X-Ray, about a young soldier assigned to Gitmo (Kristen Stewart of Twilight) who becomes a little too friendly with one of the indefinite detainees (Peyman Moaadi of A Separation), and Low Down, about a heroin-addicted jazz musician (John Hawkes) and his teenage daughter (Elle Fanning).Big Hero 6, a Disney animation adapted from a Marvel Comics series; Bird People, a French drama about a Silicon Valley executive who decides to drop out of society; Laggies, a new comedy directed by Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister) and starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell; 1,000 Times Good Night, with Juliette Binoche as a war-zone photojournalist whose family is coming apart; Rhymes for Young Ghouls, a drama about a Crow Indian teenager sliding into delinquency; and Watchers of the Sky, a documentary about the Polish lawyer who established the legal concept of genocide.
Best bets for repertory: The Chicago Eight (Seven) on Film, 1970-1971, Sunday at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts; Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion (1937), Friday and Saturday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961), Saturday and Monday at Film Center; Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1983), Saturday and Tuesday at Film Center with a lecture by Jonathan Rosenbaum at the second show; E.A. Dupont's Picadilly (1929), noon Saturday at Music Box with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott; and Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon (1956) and White Mane (1953), Monday at Doc Films.
Also this week: Christen Carter of Busy Beaver Button Company introduces a program of shorts from the Chicago Film Archives; film and TV archivists Mark Quigley and Jeff Martin present clips from the Catholic TV series Insight; and Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carre introduce the opening-night program of the annual Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. The festival continues next weekend as well; check out the November 13 issue for our roundup.