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Exclusive: ‘Fallen Leaves,’ ‘About Dry Grasses,’ and ‘La Chimera” are among the international lineup of Chicago Fest (exclusive)

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Source: Cannes International Film Festival

‘Fallen Leaves’

Aki Kaurismaki’s Cannes jury prize winner Fallen Leaves and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses starring Cannes best actress winner Merve Dizdar both Oscar submissions this year – are among the international line-up at the upcoming 59th Chicago International Film Festival (October 11-22).

Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera and Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Pictures Of Ghosts are two other Cannes selections to feature in the roster, while Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist and Lina Soualem’s Bye Bye Tiberias both launched in Venice.

Announcing on Thursday (September 14) the selections vying for the Gold Hugo award in the International Feature, International Documentary and New Directors competitive sections, top brass at North America’s longest-running competitive film festival unveiled 16 North American premieres and 10 US premieres.

Several returning competition filmmakers have previously won awards at the festival, including Hamaguchi, Kaurismaki, Erik Gandini, Tatiana Huezo, and Rohrwacher.

Honourees Close (2022), Drive My Car (2021), and The Worst Person In The World (2021) were all nominated for best international feature film at the Academy Awards.

The New Directors Competition roster includes North American premieres of Amr Gamal’s Berlin selection The Burdened, Lucy Kerr’s Locarno entry Family Portrait, and Nora El Hourch‘s TIFF world premiere Sisterhood (HLM Pussy).

As previously announced, TIFF world premiere Minhal Baig’s We Grown Now and Jeff Nichols’ The Bikeriders bookend the festival. The full slate will be announced on September 18.

International Feature Competition

About Dry Grasses (Tur-Fr-Ger-Swe)
Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt (USA)
Dir. Raven Jackson

Black Box (Ger)
Dir. Asli Ozge
North American premiere

La Chimera (It-Fr-Switz)
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher

The Delinquents (Arg)
Dir. Rodrigo Moreno

Do not expect too much from the end of the world(Rom)
Dir. Radu Jude

Evil Does Not Exist (Jap)
Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Explanation For Everything (Hun)
Dir. Gabor Reisz
North American premiere

Fallen Leaves (Fin)
Dir. Aki Kaurismaki

A Happy Day (Nor)
Dir. Hisham Zaman
US premiere

Holly (Bel-Neth-Lux-Fr)
Dir. Fien Troch
North American premiere

Only The River Flows (Chi)
Dir. Wei Shujun
US premiere

Paradise Is Burning (Swe)
Dir. Mika Gustafson
North American premiere

The Theory Of Everything (Ger-Aus)
Dir. Timm Kroger
North American premiere

Totem (Mex-Den-Fr)
Dir. Lila Aviles

New Directors Competition

Banel & Adama (Fr-Sen-Mal)
Dir. Ramata-Toulaye SY
US premiere

The Battle (Bra)
Dir. Vera Egito
International premiere

The Bride (Rwa)
Dir. Myriam U. Birara
US premiere

The Burdened (Yem-Sud-Saud)
Dir. Amr Gamal
North American premiere

Family Portrait (USA)
Dir. Lucy Kerr
North American premiere

Firedream (Mex)
Dir. Jose Pablo Escamilla
North American premiere

Foremost By Night (Sp)
Dir. Victor Iriarte
North American premiere

Goodbye Julia (Sud-Egy-Ger-Fr-Saud-Swe)
Dir. Mohamed Kordofani
US premier

The hypnosis(Swe)
Dir. Ernst De Geer
North American premiere

Lost Country (Serb)
Dir. Vladimir Perisic
North American premiere

Sisterhood (HLM Pussy, Fr)
Dir. Nora El Hourch
US premiere

Solitude (Ice)
Dir. Ninna Palmadottir
US premiere

Sweet Dreams (Neth)
Dir. Ena Sendijarevic
US premiere

Through The Night (Bel-Fr-Can)
Dir. Delphine Gerard
North American premiere

International Documentary Competition

After Work (Swe-It-Nor)
Dir. Erik Gandini
North American premiere

Alien Island (Chile)
Dir. Cristobal Valenzuela
North American premiere

Because We Have Each Other (Aust)
Dir. Sari Braithwaite
North American premiere

Bye Bye Tiberias (Fr-Bel-Qat-Pal)
Dir. Lina Soualem
US premier

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