3rd Annual Chicago French Film Festival

Friday 26 July – Thursday 1 August 2013

The third annual Chicago French Film Festival is officially scheduled for July 26-August 1 this year! With an entire week dedicated to the festival, the Music Box will have the opportunity to program more titles, add additional screenings and present even more of the very best contemporary French film as well as some newly restored classics.

Among this year’s selections are The Dandelions directed by Carine Tardieu, an alternatively sweet and bittersweet family drama; and 11.6, a French heist film based on a true story, directed by Philippe Godeau and starring Francois Cluzet (Intouchables, Tell No One).

In addition, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, or Treaty of Friendship, which ushered in a new era of cultural and diplomatic relations between France and Germany. In honor of this historic agreement, we will also be working with the Goethe Institut to present a special screening of Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire (1987), a film that we think perfectly embodies the Elysee Treaty. With a German director, Wenders, and a French actress, Solveig Dommartin, this modern classic is a stunning and powerful film that beautifully illustrates the spirit of artistic cooperation between the two countries.

The Chicago French Film Festival would not be possible were it not for our friends at the Consulate General of France in Chicago; their support is and has been absolutely vital in creating and producing this festival and we are looking forward to working with them again this year.

Be sure to check the Music Box Theatre website regularly for updates and the full schedule. You can also sign up for email updates at http://chicagofrenchfilmfestival.com. The 3rd Annual Chicago French Film Festival promises to be the most comprehensive, diverse and exciting yet!


Sunday, July 28th, 2013

  • 6:00pm: Wings of Desire


Tickets are $10 per film.
An All Access Pass is $75.
A 9 Film Pass is $50.


  • Sun 28 Jul 2013, 6:00pm

Special Presentation: Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin)

Wings of Desire

directed by Wim Wenders starring Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander in French, German with English subtitles

A special screening and event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, or Treaty of Friendship, which ushered in a new era of cultural and diplomatic relations between France and Germany. Co-presented with Goethe-Institut Chicago A beautiful symphony celebrating the city of Berlin, Wings of Desire has become a timeless classic. The angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) perched on top of buildings high over the city can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams of everyone living below. But as one soul speaks to him louder than the others, he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist and realizes he is willing to give up his immortality and return to earth to be with her. Filmed not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, Wings of Desire is an unforgettable tapestry of sounds and images, that, with a German director and French actress, perfectly embodies the spirit of the Elysée Treaty. Q & A with Sara Hall, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at UIC and Lorraine Groleau Darrow, Director and screenwriting faculty at DePaul University, follows the screening on Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

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