Holy Motors with Post-Screening Panel Discussion

Holy Motors is a hypnotic and unforgettable film by Leos Carax. After the movie, enjoy an expert panel discussion led by Chicago Reader film critic Ben Sachs. Panel members will include Michael Kutza (Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival), Charles Coleman (Film Program Director, Facets Cinematheque), and Jean-François Rochard (Deputy Cultural Attaché, Consulat général de France, Chicago).

Post-Screening Panel Discussion

After the movie, enjoy an expert panel discussion led by Chicago Reader film critic Ben Sachs. Panel members will include:

  • Michael Kutza: Founder and Artistic Director, Chicago International Film Festival
  • Charles Coleman: Film Program Director, Facets Cinematheque
  • Jean-François Rochard: Deputy Cultural Attaché, Consulat Général de France, Chicago
  • Brian Andreotti: Director of Programming, Music Box Theatre

Holy Motors

directed by Leos Carax starring Denis Lavant in French with English subtitles

After an almost 13-year hiatus, Leos Carax, director of the cult classic Pola X, is back and in rare form. Sci-fi, avant garde film, performance art or simply a mad journey into the darkness of the virtual world?

Holy Motors is a hypnotic and unforgettable look into the life of one Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) who, over the course of a 24-hour period, transforms himself from a captain of industry to an old woman to a leprechaun lulled to sleep in the arms of a supermodel (Eva Mendes).

These are just a few of the eleven personas he adopts while being chauffeured around the city by his dedicated driver Celine (Edith Scob) and all at the direction of an unnamed “agency”. Monsieur Oscar moves through the night seeking peace ever wary and always changing. Strange and surreal, Holy Motors, defies explanation and invites us to sit back and enjoy an inexplicable, weird, wonderful night of surprises, questions and breathtaking imagery.

Typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered—and liberating—imagination. —David Edelstein, New York Magazine

I am refreshed by it, my faith in the unique power of film completely restored. I feel like I’ve just had my first drink of water after a drought, or my first bite of food after a fast. —Drew McWeeny

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