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Generation War! Broken Circle Breakdown! Sundance USA!
 
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. Generation War will be shown in two parts. There is a single admission charge for both parts. Parts 1&2 can be viewed consecutively or patrons can return for a screening of Part 2 later in the run.
On Saturday afternoon, the Music Box teams with the Goethe-Institut Chicago to present a special panel discussion between Parts 1&2. Advance tickets for this one-time-only presentation are on sale now.

Also opening this week is Broken Circle Breakdown, Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A tattoo artist and a musician fall in love, bonding over their love of bluegrass music and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out both on and off stage. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

On Thursday, January 30th, Sundance USA returns to the Music Box for a fifth great year. For one night only, the Sundance Film Festival dispatches filmmakers from Park City to cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audiences. This year we welcome hometown favorite Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) with his film Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham. Advance tickets on sale now.

We also have midnight screenings of cult classic in-the-making Fateful Findings and horror film Here Comes The Devil, a Sunday matinee of the noir comedy The Good Humor Man, and daily screenings of fellow Oscar-nominee The Great Beauty.

See you at the movies

Thursday, January 23rd – Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

 
 

Generation War Chicago Premiere with Panel Discussion

Purchase advance tickets online

Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Between the screenings of Part 1 and Part 2, we will have a panel discussion with some special guests.

The panel discussion will include:
Sara Hall, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at UIC
Neal Pease, Professor of History, and current department chair, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Patricia Brett Erens, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute

The panel will be moderated by Ron Falzone, an award-winning screenwriter and tenured member of the full-time faculty of Cinema Art + Science.

The discussion will last about 45 minutes, and then we will screen Part 2 of Generation War.

Part 1: 12pm
Panel Discussion: 2:30pm
Part 2: 3:30pm

For more information about this event and Chicago’s Goethe Institut, go HERE

Generation War Part 1

A film by Philipp Kadelbach starring Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler

 

Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.


“A German BAND OF BROTHERS.”
The Hollywood Reporter

Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) goes off to the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte (Miriam Stein), a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) fights for his life while hiding among members of the Polish Resistance.

Through extraordinary performances, these five exceptional young German actors fill their archetypal characters with the certainty of youth, and then allow it to drain away slowly with each successive month of war. Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective.

Generation War will be shown in two parts. There is a single admission charge for both parts. Parts 1 and 2 can be viewed consecutively or patrons can return for a screening of part 2 later in the run. The full schedule will be updated on the Music Box Theatre website on the Wednesday before the film opens.

Special Panel Discussion on Saturday, Jan 25th. More info HERE.

Generation War Part 2

starring Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler

 

Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.

Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) goes off to the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte (Miriam Stein), a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) fights for his life while hiding among members of the Polish Resistance.

Through extraordinary performances, these five exceptional young German actors fill their archetypal characters with the certainty of youth, and then allow it to drain away slowly with each successive month of war. Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective.

Generation War will be shown in two parts. There is a single admission charge for both parts. Parts 1 and 2 can be viewed consecutively or patrons can return for a screening of part 2 later in the run. The full schedule will be updated on the Music Box Theatre website on the Wednesday before the film opens.

Special Panel Discussion on Saturday, Jan 25th. More info HERE.

 


Sat, Jan 25 12:00pm
 
 
 

Broken Circle Breakdown

A film by Felix van Groeningen starring Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh

 

Elise (Veerle Baetens), a tattoo artist and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a musician, fall in love at first sight. They bond over their love of bluegrass music and American culture and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out both on and off stage.


“Belgium’s submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass - a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment.”
indieWIRE

They marry and their little family is completed when their daughter Maybelle is born; but when illness destroys their happiness, everything they know and love falls away and their bond is broken. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of beautiful bluegrass performances, the Broken Circle Breakdown is a tragic, poignant story of passion and heartbreak.

 


Fri, Jan 24 2:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Jan 25 11:30am · 2:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Jan 26 11:30am · 2:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Jan 27 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Jan 28 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Jan 29 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Jan 30 7:20pm · 9:45pm
 
 
 

Sundance USA

Purchase advance tickets online

The Sundance Film Festival expands to audiences across the country for one special night of film and dialogue.

For one night, the Sundance Film Festival dispatches nine filmmakers from Park City to nine cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audiences. In past years, the Music Box has welcomed Philip Seymour Hoffman for a screening of Jack Goes Boating and Julie Delpy for 2 Days In New York.

This year we welcome hometown favorite Joe Swanberg with his film Happy Christmas.

2013, 78 minutes, color, U.S.A.,
It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad basement in Chicago. As she reconnects with old friends and attempts to put her life back together, she continues to self-sabotage by repeatedly getting drunk and high. Kelly becomes fed up with Jenny’s immature behavior but soon realizes that she, too, feels stuck. As Christmas draws near, Jenny and Kelly realize that they can offer each other the solace and support they’ve both been craving.

Director Joe Swanberg returns to Sundance Film Festival (his film Uncle Kent played at the 2011 Festival) with his signature voyeuristic approach to filmmaking, offering a refreshing and candid look at complicated family interactions. His wonderfully imperfect characters pull each other out of their respective ruts and bring a strikingly human element to a story we all know well. The female characters in this film form a tight bond—a drunken sisterhood of sorts—enabling them to discover their true potential.

About the Director
Joe Swanberg is the director of many feature films, including Hannah Takes the Stairs, V/H/S, and Drinking Buddies. His work has premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals. As an actor, he has starred in films, including Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way to Die and You’re Next and Ti West’s The Sacrament, as well as performing in his own work

Cast and Credits
Director: Joe Swanberg
Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg
Producers: Joe Swanberg, Peter Gilbert
Coproducer: Alicia Van Couvering
Cinematographer: Ben Richardson
Music Supervisor: Chris Swanson
Associate Producer: Eddie Linker
Editor: Joe Swanberg
Principal Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg

Happy Christmas

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

 

After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.

 


Thu, Jan 30 7:30pm
 
 
 

The Good Humor Man

A film by Lloyd Bacon starring Jack Carson, Lola Albright, Jean Wallace

 

Jack Carson stars as a driver for the Good Humor Ice Cream Company, in over his head when he tries to save a gal-pal from gangsters and ends up accused of murder. A typical thriller from ace noir scribe Roy Huggins — the final screenplay was tweaked by comedy genius Frank Tashlin, whose hilariously inspired high-jinks play havoc with film noir conventions. Costarring Lola Albright, Jean Wallace, and George “Superman” Reeves.

 


Sun, Jan 26 11:30am
 
 
 

Fateful Findings

A film by Neil Breen starring Danielle Andrade, Jennifer Autry, Brianna Borden

 

Attention fans of The Room: you want to see this film! The tagline reads, “A PARANORMAL THRILLER WHERE A COMPUTER HACKER EXPOSES WORLDWIDE SECRETS” Starring what we can only assume is the director’s tired brother, a man is struck by a Rolls Royce which gives him supernatural powers, ultimately driving him to expose national and corporate misdeeds. Like a cinematic run-on sentence, the movie awkwardly shifts from moment to moment, similar to what a Tommy Wiseau-directed episode of Twin Peaks might feel like. Don’t miss this!

 


Fri, Jan 24 midnight
Sat, Jan 25 midnight
Fri, May 2 midnight
Sat, May 3 midnight
 
 
 

Here Comes the Devil

A film by Adrián García Bogliano starring Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro, Michele Garcia

 

A couple’s preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside. Becoming withdrawn and beginning to exhibit strange behavior, their parents quickly assume something sinister happened to them while missing and alone.

But after hearing an ominous local legend… the concerned mother and father begin to realize that their children may have fallen prey to something inhuman – and that this dark, unstoppable evil has now returned home with them.

 


Fri, Jan 24 midnight
Sat, Jan 25 midnight
Sat, Feb 1 midnight
 

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