CSCI Discount for Select Films at the Gene Siskel Film Center

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Members and supporters of CSCI are able to receive a discount on select films at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets are $7 (instead of $11) with the code “Chicago Sister Cities.” The discount is only applicable for in-person purchase at the box office. Below are sister cities of interest and films to which they correspond.

Young French Cinema” (July 1-August 3) is a series of 10 films that showcase the work of emerging French filmmakers, as well as a national cinema that continues to consistently and centrally highlight its youth, a tradition that dates back to the French New Wave era when François Truffaut debuted The 400 Blows in 1959. Presented in partnership with UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

From the director of Once and Begin Again comes the rousing rhapsody to Ireland, young love, brotherly love, 80s pop, John Hughes, and more in the Dublin-set Sing Street (July 1-6) in which 15-year-old Conor—downgraded to a rough public school following the break-up of his once-prosperous parents—who decides to form a band to ward off bullies and impress a pretty girl.

“National Theatre Live Encore!” In Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldini’s classic Italian comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (July 3)—starring James Corden—sex, food, and money are high on the agenda as Francis—recently fired from is skiffle band—becomes minder to Roscoe, a smalltime East End hood.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (July 8-14) is a loving and humanistic biopic based on self-taught math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most remarkable thinkers of the 20th century, who leaves Madras to accept an invitation to develop his ideas at Cambridge University where he battles isolation, racism, and snobbery, and an aloof professor’s rigorous demands.

Cult author J.G. Ballard finds a worthy interpreter in cult director Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (July 8-14), an apocalypse-à-go-go adaptation of Ballard’s dystopian 1975 novel set in a 50-story apartment block, designed to be a self-sufficient utopia.

Chicago premiere! All-access documentary Lucha Mexico (July 15-21) showcases the rough macho pageantry and astonishing high-stakes choreography of Mexican lucha libre, or freestyle wrestling, that is seen complete with the pain and the loneliness behind the glitter and masks. Stars featured are such warriors as Shocker (aka El 1000% Guapo), Blue Demon Jr., Sexy Star, Gigante Bernard, and the last-ever interview with the beloved El Hijo del Perro Aguayo.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly satirical deadpan comedy The Lobster (July 29-August 4) finds humans without partners sent to a dystopian resort where they are transformed into animals if they fail to find a mate within 45 days. Cult director Lanthimos’ first film in English assures that laughs may catch in the throat when therapies including cryptic pantomime skits, bondage, ritual dance, and a hunt in the woods descend to the next level of sadism and cruelty as the hunters become the hunted.

A new digital restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s epic masterpiece Ran (July 22, 23, 25), loosely adapted from King Lear, returns by popular demand. Loosely adapted from King LearRan centers on an aging medieval warlord who turns over his lands to his sons and suffers a series of betrayals that drive him to despair and madness.


Call it Scandi-crime or Nordic noir, but in the wake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, dark, past-haunted crime stories from Northern Europe continue to fascinate readers, TV viewers, and filmgoers alike in The Dept. Q. Trilogy (July 22-28). This trio consists of The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One, and A Conspiracy of Faith, all of which were major box office hits in Denmark and are screen adaptations of best-selling novels by Dept. Q author Jussi Adler-Olsen. Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad are put on the case about a disappeared woman in The Keeper of Lost Causes. Initially in The Absent One, well-to-do students are pegged as the suspects in a murder of twins but there are many twists and turns along the way. In A Conspiracy of Faith, an eight-year-old message in a bottle leads Mørck and Assad to a rural religious cult whose children have been disappearing without being reported.