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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Italian cinema in Chicago: "The Best Offer"

 The Best Offer (La migliore offerta)
Dominating Italy’s Oscar-equivalent Donatello Awards with six wins including Best Picture and Best Director, THE BEST OFFER has been hailed as Tornatore’s best film since CINEMA PARADISO.
The film is built around a powerful performance by Geoffrey Rush as a fastidious art auctioneer who prefers to keep life and love at an aesthetic distance. Then he falls under the spell of a beautiful recluse (Sylvia Hoeks) confined by agoraphobia to her musty mansion.  By coaxing her out of her self-imposed prison, he might free himself from his own--but can emotions, like works of art, be forged?
The film’s amenities include a lush score by Ennio Morricone, an antique automaton that tops the one in HUGO, and memorable supporting performances by Donald Sutherland as the protagonist’s shady accomplice and Kurina Stamell as a dwarf whose photographic memory carries a crucial plot twist.  
In English.  DCP digital. View trailer here.


January 17--23
Fri. at 6:00 pm 
Sat. at 5:15 pm and 7:45 pm
Sun. at 3:00 pm
Mon. at 8:00 pm
Tues. at 6:00 pm
Wed. at 8:00 pm
Thu. at 6:00 pm

January 24--30
Fri. at 7:45 pm;
Sat. at 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8:00 pm;
Sun. at 4:45 pm;
Tue. at 6:00 pm  
Wed. at 7:45 pm  
Thu. at 6:00 pm
Special Discount tickets available for Friends of Sentieri: $7.00 for individual tickets (a savings of $4.00/ticket) when purchased in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office. Use discount code: ITALY

Additionally, the first six people to sign up for Sentieri's Cineforum "La grande bellezza" will win a FREE ticket to "The Best Offer".
Gene Siskel Film Center 
164 N. State Street

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