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The Reader's Choice: European Union Film Festival

This seems like overkill, because we've been featuring the EU fest in Movies all month. But without the Chicago Documentary Festival—which postponed its 2008 festival to this spring and has now canceled it altogether­—the Gene Siskel Film Center's annual March series of recent European releases is the city's best bet for catching great new movies. All 27 EU nations are represented in this year's festival, which includes 59 feature films, all of them Chicago premieres. In just the last five years, the EU fest has also brought the Chicago premieres of Jan Hrebejk's Beauty in Trouble, Marco Tullio Giordana's The Best of Youth, Laurent Cantet's The Class, Lars von Trier's Dogville, Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven, Jose Luis Guerin's In the City of of Sylvia, Theo van Gogh's Interview, Philip Gröning's Into Great Silence, Danny Boyle's Millions, Jean-Luc Godard's Moments Choisis des Histoire(s) du Cinema, Alain Resnais' Private Fears in Public Places, and Guillaume Canet's Tell No One. See our regular Movies section for info on the final screenings of this year's edition, or visit  Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600. —J.R. Jones

& Our readers' choice: Chicago International Film Festival

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