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Chicago French Film Festival! I Am Chris Farley! Aug/Sept Schedule!
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The Chicago French Film Festival returns to the Music Box, all this week! Celebrate the best in recent French cinema with a week of special presentations and Chicago premieres.
Save $18 with a Five Film Festival Pass, available on all ticketing pages. Check out the fantastic Full Schedule and more Festival Highlights below.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added more screenings of I Am Chris Farley! Featuring interviews with those who knew him best, this new documentary is a touching tribute to a comedy legend.

We also have another week screenings of acclaimed indie sensation Tangerine, the atypical Christmas tale bursting with energy and style.

At midnight this weekend, Heath Ledger & Julia Styles show why the late-90s was the golden age of teen comedies with 10 Things I Hate About You. On Saturday & Sunday, our Orson Welles matinee series continues with the mystical and mesmerizing Black Magic.

Finally, our August/September Calendar is now online! Check out the great Films and Special Events coming to the Music Box, not to mention our Midnights and Weekend Matinees, and much much more!

See you at the movies

Wednesday, July 29th – Tuesday, August 4th, 2015


The 2015 Chicago French Film Festival

Friday 31 July – Thursday 6 August 2015


Vive le cinema!

The 5th annual Chicago French Film Festival is coming July 31st – August 6th, 2015, celebrating the best in recent French cinema.

A special Opening Reception will be held Friday, July 31st at 6pm in the Music Box Lounge, followed by the opening night screening of the new French thriller SK1.

This year’s festival includes a special tribute to director Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color) with screenings of Black Venus, Games of Love and Chance and Blame it On Voltaire.

Other highlights include René Clément’s Oscar-winning classic Forbidden Games, Breathe, the second feature by actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), and the beautiful animated family feature The King and the Mockingbird.

All tickets on sale now. Save $18 with a Five Film Festival Pass, available on all ticketing pages.

Co-presented by the Music Box Theatre, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Institut Francais in Paris.


Fri, Jul 31   SK1 (L’affaire SK1)   7:00pm
  The King and the Mockingbird   9:45pm
Sat, Aug 1   Forbidden Games   11:30am
  Blame it on Voltaire (La faute à Voltaire)   1:30pm
  SK1 (L’affaire SK1)   4:30pm
  Number One Fan (Elle l’adore)   7:00pm
  Tokyo Fiancee   9:15pm
Sun, Aug 2   The King and the Mockingbird   11:30am
  Games of Love and Chance (L’esquive)   1:30pm
  The Chef’s Wife (On a failli etre amies)   4:00pm
  Breathe (Respire)   6:00pm
  Black Venus (Venus noire)   8:00pm
Mon, Aug 3   Handmade with Love in France (Le Temps Suspendu)   5:30pm
  Tokyo Fiancee   7:00pm
  Number One Fan (Elle l’adore)   9:00pm
Tue, Aug 4   The Chef’s Wife (On a failli etre amies)   5:00pm
  Henri, Henri   7:00pm
  Breathe (Respire)   9:00pm
Wed, Aug 5   Forbidden Games   5:15pm
  Chubby (Bouboule)   7:15pm
  Handmade with Love in France (Le Temps Suspendu)   9:15pm
Thu, Aug 6   Henri, Henri   5:30pm
  My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria)   7:30pm
  Chubby (Bouboule)   9:30pm

I Am Chris Farley

A film by Brent Hodge starring David Spade, Adam Sandler, Bob Odenkirk


I Am Chris Farley tells the bittersweet story of one of the most innovative comedic actors who ever graced the stage, screen and television, before his untimely death from a drug overdose at the tender age of only 33.

Immortalized for his uniquely bold, energetic, and in-your-face comedic style, Chris Farley’s off-the-charts talent cemented his place as a key player in a movement that evolved and redefined the comedic genre. Although he was only in the spotlight for a short time, Chris nevertheless left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry through his groundbreaking work at The Second City, on Saturday Night Live and in several feature films and improv theaters across the country.

Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever — from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend –– a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley’s most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.

Directed by Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), produced by Derik Murray and executive produced by Paul Gertz (I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), Kent Wingerak (I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee) and Robert Pirooz (I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Steve McQueen).


Fri, Jul 31 5:45pm · 11:45pm
Sat, Aug 1 5:45pm · 11:45pm
Sun, Aug 2 5:45pm
Mon, Aug 3 5:45pm
Tue, Aug 4 5:45pm
Wed, Aug 5 5:45pm
Thu, Aug 6 5:45pm


A film by Sean Baker starring James Ransone, Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez


A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., Tangerine defies expectation at every turn.

“Gorgeous. A perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie.”
–Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Tangerine is a stimulating reminder of what indie filmmaking can do.”
Time Out New York

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, Starlet, Generation Kill) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor) embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Director Sean Baker’s prior films (Starlet, Prince of Broadway) brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. Tangerine follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style.


Thu, Jul 30 7:40pm
Fri, Jul 31 3:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Aug 1 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Aug 2 1:45pm · 3:45pm · 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Aug 3 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Tue, Aug 4 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Wed, Aug 5 7:45pm · 9:45pm
Thu, Aug 6 7:45pm · 9:45pm

10 Things I Hate About You

A film by Gil Junger starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Adapted (loosely) from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Heath Ledger and Julia Styles star in this raucous high school comedy, one of the finest examples of the Teen Movie Boom of the Late-90s.


Fri, Jul 31 midnight
Sat, Aug 1 midnight

Black Magic

A film by Gregory Ratoff & Orson Welles starring Orson Welles


Welles’ real-life 18th-century con-man/magician/hypnotist Cagliostro helps bring down the French monarchy amid a cast of characters including Louis XV and XVI, Marie Antoinette, Madame du Barry, et al. Welles himself co-directed, uncredited.

35mm print courtesy of The Library of Congress.


Sat, Aug 1 11:30am
Sun, Aug 2 11:30am

SK1 (L’affaire SK1)

A film by Frédéric Tellier


In this gripping period thriller, SK1 is French police jargon for “Serial Killer 1,” the codename given in the 1990s to a rapist and murderer who preyed on young women in eastern Paris. The culprit was not the country’s first serial killer, but he was the first to be caught via DNA analysis — even if cops had to overcome years of bureaucratic bungling and bad luck to finally get to him. The debonair Raphael Personnaz stars as an obsessive detective who finds his personal and professional lives upended by the case.


Fri, Jul 31 7:00pm
Sat, Aug 1 4:30pm

The King and the Mockingbird

A film by Paul Grimault


“PERFECT FOR CHILDREN! PERFECT FOR ADULTS! Begun in 1948, completed in 1979 and adored by, among others, Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki, Grimault’s influential cartoon contains some of the most beautiful animation ever, melding the dreamy weirdness of a Giorgio de Chirico painting with folk-art sweetness. Jacques Prévert’s witty script is equally eccentric. There are actually two kings. One exists in a painting but goes on to usurp the real, despotic ruler because he’s fallen in love with another image — of a shepherdess.” – London Evening Standard


Fri, Jul 31 9:45pm
Sun, Aug 2 11:30am

Breathe (Respire)

A film by Mélanie Laurent


An assured adaptation of the French young-adult novel Breathe, the second feature by actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginnings) is a taut coming-of-age tale, starring talented newcomers Joséphine Japy and Lou De Laâge as two teens whose all-consuming friendship takes a dark and dangerous turn. Virginal 17-year-old Charlie is instantly attracted to wild new transfer student Sarah, who brings with her an air of boldness and danger.

“Mélanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession.”


Sun, Aug 2 6:00pm
Tue, Aug 4 9:00pm

Handmade with Love in France (Le Temps Suspendu)

A film by Julie Bernard


A delightful look at a vanishing breed, this vibrant documentary affectionately celebrates the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.

It examines the challenges these ateliers face as couture and luxury evolves as a business, including the continuing rise of technology and its impact on handcrafted work.


Mon, Aug 3 5:30pm
Wed, Aug 5 9:15pm

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